Health, Medical and Wellness Studies, minor - Areas of Study - Christopher Newport University

Areas of Study

Health, Medical and Wellness Studies, minor

This minor offers students the ability to choose from a wide range of classes covering all aspects of health, medicine, and wellness. Therefore, students in this program will learn about of physical, mental, and social well-being. The minor is appropriate for students who are seeking to work in the health and medical field, or for those who just want to learn how to improve their own health and wellness. Students will learn to be more empowered patients and better consumers of healthcare, improve their health literacy skills, and will be well-prepared to interact with all aspects of the healthcare industry, both personally and professionally.



  • IDST 201 Introduction to Health, Medical, and Wellness Studies
  • COMM 360 Health and Medical Communication


  • BIOL 113 Topics in Medicine and Health
  • BIOL 271 Medical Terminology
  • BIOL 319 Nutrition and Energy Homeostasis
  • BUSN 210 Introduction to Biotechnology and Management
  • BUSN 442 Luter Business Institute - Biotechnology
  • COMM 367 Contemporary Topics in Health Communication
  • CRIM 374 Substance Use and Addiction
    • (SOCL 374 and SOWK 374 equivalent)
  • HIST 382 Disease and the Rise of Modern Medicine
  • HIST 383 Filthy Paris: Sex, Health, and Hygiene in the City of Light
  • HIST 397 Medicine and the African American Experience
  • LDSP 340 Outdoor Leadership
  • LDSP 370 Leading in the Healthcare Industry
  • PHIL 344 Yoga: Philosophy and Practice
  • PHIL 384 Medical Ethics
  • PSYC 317 Play in Pediatric Health & Development
  • PSYC 336 Psychology of Death, Dying & Bereavement
  • PSYC 408 Psychopharmacology
  • PSYC 409 Behavioral Medicine & Health Psychology
  • PSYC 420 Human Sexuality
  • RSTD 236 Sacred Communication, Sacred Journeys
  • RSTD 338 Pilgrimage on the Appalachian Trail
  • SOCL 315 Health and Healing

See the undergraduate catalog below for course descriptions.


Below are just a few examples of careers available. This is not an exclusive list and additional examples can be found through the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics or the American Public Health Association.

  • Provide private one-on-one services surrounding health and wellness to clients and communities.

  • Create digital content to educate people about health and wellness using blogs, articles, websites, videos, etc.
  • Write for newspapers or television on the topic of health and wellness.

  • Work one-on-one with patients as a care-giver in a hospital, nursing facility, or public clinic.

  • Inform people in the community about health and wellness rights and concerns.
  • Create material to educate people on health and wellness.

  • Work with companies to evaluate the state of the health and wellness of employees and how it can be improved.

  • Assist individuals with disease or illness learn about and navigate the medical sector and help them cope with their health issues.

  • Coordinate a business or department focused on health and wellness within a larger business or agency.

  • Listen to and take notes for doctors and nurses through the use of recordings.
  • Edit and review medical documents.

  • Provide one-on-one care for and monitor the conditions of people with chronic conditions or disabilities who are unable to manage their daily activities.

Accessible Undergraduate Catalog

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