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Introducing the Minor in Nutrition, Health and Wellness

by Katie Gortz on 03/08/2021

SLU-Madrid currently offers 24 minors to enrich and broaden the academic experience of students pursuing majors in other fields. Among these programs is the new minor in nutrition, health and wellness, which will launch in fall 2021. This interdisciplinary program features an evidence-based approach to health and wellness with the goal of encouraging lifelong learning in a field that is continuously evolving.  

Minor in Nutrition, Health and Wellness


The minor aligns closely with the Jesuit principle of cura personalis, that is, the development of the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. Now, perhaps more than ever, as we live amid a global pandemic, caring for our physical, emotional and spiritual health is essential. A holistic understanding of health and wellness is valuable not only to students in the health sciences but students in all fields of study. 

The nutrition minor requires 15 credit hours of coursework in the fields of biology, nutrition, psychology and athletic training. The classes are offered jointly between the Madrid and St. Louis campuses with the possibility to complete all coursework online if desired. 

An innovator in international education for students in the health sciences, SLU-Madrid offers opportunities for students pursuing degrees in areas such as athletic training, biology, nursing and public health to complete coursework toward their minor in-person while studying abroad in Madrid. Likewise, Madrid-based students pursuing any of the 15 SLU-Madrid majors may complete courses that are offered on the St. Louis campus online. 

"The nutrition, health and wellness minor is the first program of its kind that offers the possibility to complete the coursework online on two continents," commented Tania de la Fuente, Ph.D., director of health science programs at SLU-Madrid. 

SLU-Madrid Director and Dean, Paul Vita, Ph.D., added, "This new minor speaks to how the University as a whole can leverage the expertise of faculty in both Madrid and St. Louis to serve future health professionals around the world."