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SLU Introduces New Minor: Nutrition, Health and Wellness

Saint Louis University (SLU) will offer a new minor field of study titled Nutrition, Health and Wellness beginning in the Summer 2021 semester. The new minor will consist of 15 credit hours spread across the fields of athletic training, biology, nutrition and dietetics and psychology. The Nutrition, Health and Wellness minor is ideal for any student in a healthcare-related program or any student with an interest in health and wellness.

Nutrition, Health and Wellness Minor
The Nutrition, Health and Wellness minor will be available to SLU students starting in Summer 2021.

SLU Doisy College of Health Sciences Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs Elizabeth Blessing, Ph.D., MLS (ASCP) CM, explained why it was important to develop this new minor.

“The Nutrition, Health and Wellness minor was developed in response to SLU students across campus requesting courses on nutrition and health that would be open to all students. Wellness and healthy eating are hot topics in multiple forms of media today and for good reason,” Dr. Blessing said. 

In creating this minor, the university wanted to offer a curriculum that was beneficial to a wide variety of students. While many of the classes in the minor are offered by Doisy College of Health Sciences, this minor could be a great complementary option to Public Health, Nursing, or Pre-Med students, or even for students in non-medical degrees such as Engineering or Business programs.

While the Nutrition, Health and Wellness minor will be open to all students, it could be particularly beneficial to students pursuing a degree in any health care discipline. Dr. Blessing went on to describe how this new minor can complement a number of different degrees in the field of health care.

“Healthy eating and wellness are essential prevention strategies and it is imperative that individuals studying and practicing in health care careers know and understand their importance in the care of their patients,” Dr. Blessing said. “Additionally, health care professionals can typically help their patients better if they practice healthy habits as well. This minor provides students with a solid foundation in the areas of nutrition, health and wellness that can be applied in both their personal and professional lives.”

Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of nearly 13,000 students on two campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of more than 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.