Public Health Nutrition (Minor)

This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2021–Spring 2022 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Minor in Public Health Nutrition
Unit: School of Public Health and Information Sciences 
Academic Plan Code(s): PHNUMINOR

The Public Health Nutrition minor will expose students to the basic principles of nutrition within the context of public health, with an emphasis on:

  1. Nutrition support systems targeted at the general population as well as women and children;
  2. Assessment tools used to estimate population nutritional status; and
  3. Food composition, labeling, and advertising. 

Students will develop critical thinking skills necessary to evaluate nutrition education programs and example dietary patterns, assess advertising claims, and formulate rational policy decisions based on the U.S. Dietary Recommendations.

The Public Health Nutrition minor can be pursued as a type of specialization within the field of public health—e.g., by Public Health majors, as adjunct preparation for other health fields, such as medicine or nursing—or as an applied field of basic science, such as biology or chemistry.  The goal of the program will be to provide students with a solid foundation for further education or careers related to nutrition.


Current UofL students will be required to apply to the minor and maintain a minimum of a 2.0 GPA.

Program Requirements

Core Courses
PHEH 325Public Health Nutrition3
PHEH 330Childhood Nutrition from a Public Health Perspective3
PHEH 331Food Composition and Public Health3
or HSS 303 Human Nutrition
PHEH 332Nurtition Assessment Tools3
Guided Electives
Select two of the following courses:6
Food and Body Politic
Food and Farm Movements in the Americas
Nutritional Anthropology
Biostatistics 1
Quantitative Methods in Public Health
Metabolic Biochemistry 2
Survey of Biochemistry
Health Communication - WR, CUE
Nutrition in Healthy Living
Epidemiological Concepts and Methods for Public Health
Minimum Total Hours18

 At least three (3) semester hours of the requirements for a minor must be successfully completed while enrolled in the University of Louisville.