The Public Health program within the Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Students in the department learn about health issues among diverse populations; factors influencing the health of individuals, families, and communities; health literacy; and cultural competence, with a predominant focus on health promotion.

Academic service learning provides the framework for the undergraduate program. The program partners with more than 120 local and regional public health agencies, non-profit organizations and other health settings in which our students provide important service work while gaining valuable hands-on experience. Courses with service opportunities begin freshmen year and culminate senior year with the 400 hour Capstone Internship requirement.

Opportunities to participate on research teams led by faculty members exist for undergraduate and graduate students.

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Bachelor of Science in Public Health

The bachelor of science degree in Public Health (BSPH) is built on a foundation of liberal arts courses in the natural sciences, statistics, written and other forms of communication, the social sciences and humanities. Public health core courses explore factors that impact on health of individuals, families, and communities and ways in which public health intersects with these factors. Students are introduced to public health fundamental core areas such as epidemiology, public health administration, health policy, program development and evaluation, and health ethics.

Graduates of the program will be competent to pursue entry level employment in public health fields or to pursue graduate studies in a variety of academic areas including public health, public policy, health care administration, and law.  The program can also provide students with a pathway to advanced studies in medicine, dentistry, physician assistant studies or nursing.  Within one year of graduation, 95% of our students are employed or pursuing post-bachelor’s training or education.

The Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH) is the independent agency recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit graduate schools of public health and certain public health programs outside of the schools of public health. The CEPH board of Councilors acted at it’s October 6-7, 2016 meeting to accredit the Bachelor’s Program in Public Health at Syracuse University for a five-year term, extending to December 31, 2021.

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Graduates of the BSPH program meet the National Commission on Health Education’s (NCHE) education training requirements for credentialing as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

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Accelerated B.S. Public Health/M.S. Global Health Program

The 144-credit accelerated B.S. Public Health/M.S. Global Health program is designed to provide students the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in Public Health and a master’s degree in Global Health in five years, as opposed to six years if the degrees were completed separately and consecutively. The program substitutes 15 credits of graduate public health coursework for 12 credits of similar undergraduate public health coursework plus 3 credits of social science requirement. Students complete two internship experiences: a generalist public health internship in year 4 and an international global health internship in year 5. While not required, students will be encouraged to participate in a study abroad experience during their second or third year of study.

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Accelerated B.S. Public Health/M.S. Public Health Program

The 150-credit accelerated B.S. Public Health/M.S. Public Health program is designed to provide students the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Public Health in five years, as opposed to six years if the degrees were completed separately and consecutively. The program substitutes 15 credits of graduate public health coursework for 12 credits of similar undergraduate public health coursework plus 3 credits of liberal art or general elective. Students complete an internship experience in year 4 and a master’s thesis in year 5. Students choose one area of specialization: Global Health or Biostatistics.

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Master of Arts in Addiction Studies

The increasing interest in, and need for, an addictions informed workforce and adequately trained addictions counselors is compounded by an environment where there are not enough counselors, healthcare professionals or social services professionals with adequate training and credentialing in alcohol, other drugs and behavioral addictions. Workforce development is also an important issue in the field of substance abuse prevention. Workforce problems are evident in every element and dimension of the behavioral health field from policy development to prevention and treatment. Concerns about the workforce also exist among every group of stakeholders concerned about the future of prevention and treatment of substance use problems.

This Masters of Arts in Addiction Studies would be ideal for graduates of programs in public health, nursing, psychology, social sciences, and neuroscience as well as practicing behavioral health, mental health and allied professionals in need of addictions specific education and credentialing.

The MA program in Addiction Studies is not currently accepting applications for the 2018/19 term

Falk College public health and addiction studies faculty have close ties with the NYS Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and worked closely with them to develop the new MA in Addiction Studies to train providers in both prevention and counseling capacities, thus enabling the seamless delivery of both forms of addiction services. In addition, faculty have been internationally recognized for their work in addictions training, scholarship and practice.
There have been numerous reports documenting the need for a better educated and prepared workforce in the fields of addictions including the recent 2013 Report to Congress on the Nation’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Workforce Issues and the preceding Report to Congress: Addictions Treatment Workforce Development, and Strengthening Professional Identity: Challenges of the Addictions Treatment Workforce. These issues are made more urgent with the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (HP AEA) which move toward more integrated primary and behavioral health care and necessitate adequately trained healthcare professionals. The ACA and HP AEA will provide access to healthcare for those with behavioral health conditions and will require additional training for primary care providers as well as new specialty practitioners as part of the multi-disciplinary teams. In addition to the identified need for more counselors and a better-trained workforce in substance abuse treatment there is a need for addictions informed professionals working in public health, public policy, education, and medicine, among many others. The U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) revised their national strategies to promote evidence-based public health and safety initiatives focusing on key areas such as substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) view alcohol and other drug use as a major public health problem increasing risks for injuries, violence, and diseases. Within the National Institutes of Health there are multiple divisions dedicated to the prevention and treatment of substance abuse including, but not limited to, the National Institute of Drug Addiction (NIDA), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT).  For providers in New York State go to Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers in New York State.
For up to date meeting times visit the Registrar’s website. For questions or concerns please contact your Academic Adviser.

Course Meeting Times
Information Subject to Change
Course Credit Hours Offered Fall Offered Spring Offered Summer
HTW 605 Cognitive Behavioral Approaches to Stress Reduction 3 credits T 5:00-7:45
HTW 606 Clinical Evaluation and Assessment of Addictions 3 credits TTh 5:00-6:20
HTW 607 Motivational Interviewing for Behavioral Change 3 credits MW 2:15-3:35
HTW 608 Addictions in Cultural Context – OR – SEE HTW 612 3 credits TTh 3:30-4:50
HTW 609 The Impact of Addictions on Families and Relationships 3 credits MW 3:45-5:05
HTW 610 Addictions Treatment Planning and Referral 3 credits Th 5:00-7:45
HTW 612 Global Perspectives in Alcohol & Other Drug Policies, Study Abroad may be taken instead of HTW 608 and is offered every other May 3 credits every other May Study Abroad
HTW 618 Alcohol, Other Drugs, Sex and Gambling: Dynamics of Addiction 3 credits M 6:45-9:25
HTW 621 Research Methods in Public Health 3 credits TTH 2:00-3:20
HTW 622 Research Proposal Development 2 credits X
HTW 624 Prevention in Addiction Services 4credits TTh 3:30-4:50
HTW 636 Ethics in Addictions Services 3 credits MW 2:15-3:35
Upon completion of the program, students will have met the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) education training requirements for the Credentialed Prevention Professional (CPP) and Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). Graduates are eligible to sit for the CASAC exam and initial certification as a CASAC Trainee. Full certification as a CPP or CASAC requires supervised post-graduate work experience before full certification is awarded by OASAS. Students seeking credentialing in states other than New York must contact the specific credentialing office for that state.

Information for the CASAC and CPP/CPS certification and application process through the NYS OASAS. Upon successful completion of the Masters in Addiction Studies students receive an OASAS issued secured certificate documenting they’ve completed the 350 hours for the CASAC and 250 hours for the CPP/CPS through Syracuse University. Please go to the NYS OASAS website and review the information for the respective certifications. You may also call them to discuss the process.

Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC)

Certified Prevention Professional/ Certified Prevention Specialist (CPP/CPS)

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Master of Science in Public Health

The Master of Science in Public Health is a 42 credit hour graduate program designed to provide students with core knowledge and research skills necessary for the advancement of evidence-based public health. Within the MSPH, there are two tracks. The Global Health track introduces students to health issues in the context of the global community providing students with exposure to theory, research and applications in both the US and international settings. The Biostatistics track provides students with training in both introductory and advanced biostatistics – applying multiple different analytic methods to the analysis of public health data. This degree prepares graduates for research careers in a variety of local, national and international public health settings. Unlike applied training in public health offered by Master of Public Health (MPH) or other health-related master’s degree programs, the MSPH focuses on research methods and biostatistics competencies in concert with mentored research culminating in a thesis. With the rapid increase in accessible health information and the proliferation of global health initiatives, graduates will be well-positioned for careers in these growth fields.

A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a graduating GPA of 3.2. Students from broad inclusive fields of undergraduate study and work experience will be considered for admission. Applicants will be asked to declare application to a program track and will be evaluated accordingly to that track. GRE scores and a personal statement are required for admission. A minimum GRE quantitative score of 50 percentile or better is required for the biostatistics track. A minimum TOEFL score of 100 is required for admission. For more admissions information contact the Falk College Office of Admissions at (315) 443-5555 or falk@syr.edu.

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Master of Science in Global Health

The 36-credit hour master of science in Global Health (MSGH), is an educational program that builds from the     department’s strengths in public health work in global settings.

Many threats to health exist today-from biomedical challenges, such as infectious diseases, chronic illnesses and disabilities-to psychosocial challenges, such as poverty and violence. Ecological and cultural factors shape the meanings that health practitioners and families attribute to health and illness, and how these connotations influence choices made regarding care practices, exposure to potential dangers, requests for assistance, and responses to interventions.

The MSGH incorporates the study of cultural health norms and practices and integrates the study of historical experiences of ethnic groups and their culturally determined patterns of dealing with issues of health and illness. The program introduces students to methods and statistics in public health; however, the degree program focuses on applications in global health, culminating in an 6-week international placement directly following the second year’s spring semester. These placements are structured experiences designed to provide a real-world application of principles and skills learned previously in the classroom. We are continually adding and updating these placements; however, possible sites might include Kenya in Africa or Ecuador in South America.

Our faculty come from diverse backgrounds with extensive experience in the Caribbean, Canada, East Asia, Africa, and the Middle East that will offer students valuable exposure to issues and lifestyles of these cultures. The varieties of faculty disciplines offer students more than the traditional perspective that will add in-depth knowledge from multiple perspectives.

The program seeks to develop a new group of health care professionals who are trained to meet the needs of the local, national, and international community. The global perspective of the program will be invaluable for graduate students interested in meeting the needs of the increasingly diverse population of New York State and the United States. The program’s combination of theory and practice allows students to work in policy, research, and service settings.

  • Understanding multi-faceted challenges (physiological, social, psychological) on health;
  • Ecological and cultural meanings of health/well-being and relationship to health practices;
  • A global perspective to understanding public health and implementing public health programs
  • Understanding how to develop international partnerships for practice
  • Opportunity to engage in global health practice with established SU and world partners
You are considered an “internal admit” if you are a current SU student. If you wish to pursue a concurrent degree; are presently completing one degree program and wish to pursue another; or wish to be admitted to a doctoral program in the same program of study in which you are currently pursuing a master’s degree you need to complete the internal admit process. To be considered for admittance to either the CAS in Addiction Studies or the MS in Global Health, you will need to submit a Graduate Enrollment Internal Admission Application Form, personal statement, and GRE scores to Judi Emmi in 344 White Hall.

Personal Statement Instructions

Submit your personal statement as a hard copy or PDF document along with your completed internal admissions application. Be sure to include your name and SUID
Number on your personal statement. The purpose of the personal statement is to help the Admissions Committee better understand your interest in, and compatibility with, your chosen profession. Please submit a personal essay of 600-800 words that addresses the following:

  1. Why you have selected the program to which you are applying?
  2. Describe your personal and professional experiences with diverse populations, referencing at least three of the following dimensions of diversity: age, class, ethnicity, gender, mental/physical ability, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
  3. Describe your professional goals, future professional plans, and academic interests.

Once you have completed the internal application form, personal statement and GRE (MS applicants only) and submitted all materials to Judi Emmi in room 202 at 344 White Hall, you will meet with the Graduate program director, or designee, to determine eligibility for internal admission.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain signatures from their current department prior to submitting the application and supporting materials. Applicants from the School of Education must also obtain the signature of Amy Redmond before forwarding the form to the new department. There is no application fee for an internal application.

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Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Addiction Studies

The Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Addiction Studies provides an intensive concentration of coursework on the biology, psychology and cross-cultural sociology of addictions for students enrolled in the following Syracuse University graduate programs:

  • M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling (School of Education)
  • Ph.D. Counseling and Counselor Education (School of Education)
  • M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy (Falk College)
  • M.S.W. Social Work (Falk College)
There have been numerous reports documenting the need for a better educated and prepared workforce in the fields of addictions including the recent 2013 Report to Congress on the Nation’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Workforce Issues and the preceding Report to Congress: Addictions Treatment Workforce Development, and Strengthening Professional Identity: Challenges of the Addictions Treatment Workforce. These issues are made more urgent with the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (HP AEA) which move toward more integrated primary and behavioral health care and necessitate adequately trained healthcare professionals. The ACA and HP AEA will provide access to healthcare for those with behavioral health conditions and will require additional training for primary care providers as well as new specialty practitioners as part of the multi-disciplinary teams. In addition to the identified need for more counselors and a better-trained workforce in substance abuse treatment there is a need for addictions informed professionals working in public health, public policy, education, and medicine, among many others. The U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) revised their national strategies to promote evidence-based public health and safety initiatives focusing on key areas such as substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) view alcohol and other drug use as a major public health problem increasing risks for injuries, violence, and diseases. Within the National Institutes of Health there are multiple divisions dedicated to the prevention and treatment of substance abuse including, but not limited to, the National Institute of Drug Addiction (NIDA), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT).  For providers in New York State go to Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers in New York State.
Information for the Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) application process through the NY State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS) is managed by NYS OASAS. Upon successful completion of the CAS in Addiction Studies students receive an OASAS issued secured certificate documenting they’ve completed the 350 hours for the CASAC through Syracuse University. Please go to the NYS OASAS website and review the information for the respective certifications. You may also call them to discuss the process.

Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC)

You are considered an “internal admit” if you are a current SU student. If you wish to pursue a concurrent degree; are presently completing one degree program and wish to pursue another; or wish to be admitted to a doctoral program in the same program of study in which you are currently pursuing a master’s degree you need to complete the internal admit process. To be considered for admittance to either the CAS in Addiction Studies or the MS in Global Health, you will need to submit a Graduate Enrollment Internal Admission Application Form and personal statement to Judi Emmi in 344 White Hall.

Personal Statement Instructions

Submit your personal statement as a hard copy or PDF document along with your completed internal admissions application. Be sure to include your name and SUID
Number on your personal statement. The purpose of the personal statement is to help the Admissions Committee better understand your interest in, and compatibility with, your chosen profession. Please submit a personal essay of 600-800 words that addresses the following:

  1. Why you have selected the program to which you are applying?
  2. Describe your personal and professional experiences with diverse populations, referencing at least three of the following dimensions of diversity: age, class, ethnicity, gender, mental/physical ability, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
  3. Describe your professional goals, future professional plans, and academic interests.

Once you have completed the internal application form, personal statement and GRE (MS applicants only) and submitted all materials to Judi Emmi in room 202 at 344 White Hall, you will meet with the Graduate program director, or designee, to determine eligibility for internal admission.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain signatures from their current department prior to submitting the application and supporting materials. Applicants from the School of Education must also obtain the signature of Amy Redmond before forwarding the form to the new department. There is no application fee for an internal application.

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Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Global Health

The Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Global Health is a 19-credit hour graduate program providing students applied skills in global health policy and practice. This program emphasizes the integration of social and behavioral determinants of health combined with practice and evidence-based strategies for developing, implementing, and evaluating programs and policies in global settings. The CAS in Global Health can be offered in combination with any graduate degree, or pursued as a stand-alone Certificate. It is particularly useful in providing students in technical or terminal degrees with global health credentials to help them pursue their careers in a global setting. A practicum concluding the program provides students direct field experience.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit the Syracuse University Global Health CAS Gainful Employment Disclosure page.

You are considered an “internal admit” if you are a current SU student. If you wish to pursue a concurrent degree; are presently completing one degree program and wish to pursue another; or wish to be admitted to a doctoral program in the same program of study in which you are currently pursuing a master’s degree you need to complete the internal admit process. To be considered for admittance to either the CAS in Addiction Studies or the MS in Global Health, you will need to submit a Graduate Enrollment Internal Admission Application Form and personal statement to Judi Emmi in 344 White Hall.

Personal Statement Instructions

Submit your personal statement as a hard copy or PDF document along with your completed internal admissions application. Be sure to include your name and SUID Number on your personal statement. The purpose of the personal statement is to help the Admissions Committee better understand your interest in, and compatibility with, your chosen profession. Please submit a personal essay of 600-800 words that addresses the following:

  1. Why you have selected the program to which you are applying?
  2. Describe your personal and professional experiences with diverse populations, referencing at least three of the following dimensions of diversity: age, class, ethnicity, gender, mental/physical ability, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
  3. Describe your professional goals, future professional plans, and academic interests.

Once you have completed the internal application form, personal statement and GRE (MS applicants only) and submitted all materials to Judi Emmi in room 202 at 344 White Hall, you will meet with the Graduate program director, or designee, to determine eligibility for internal admission.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain signatures from their current department prior to submitting the application and supporting materials. Applicants from the School of Education must also obtain the signature of Amy Redmond before forwarding the form to the new department. There is no application fee for an internal application.

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Addiction Studies Minor

This 19-21 credit minor in Addiction Studies prepares students for employment in addiction prevention programs and services. Upon completion of the minor, students will have met the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) education training requirements for Credentialed Prevention Specialist (CPS) and Credentialed Prevention Professional (CPP). Supervised work experience (2,000 hours for CPS; 4,000 hours for CPP) and a passing score on the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (ICRC) exam is required before full certification is awarded by OASAS.

There have been numerous reports documenting the need for a better educated and prepared workforce in the fields of addictions including the recent 2013 Report to Congress on the Nation’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Workforce Issues and the preceding Report to Congress: Addictions Treatment Workforce Development, and Strengthening Professional Identity: Challenges of the Addictions Treatment Workforce. These issues are made more urgent with the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (HP AEA) which move toward more integrated primary and behavioral health care and necessitate adequately trained healthcare professionals. The ACA and HP AEA will provide access to healthcare for those with behavioral health conditions and will require additional training for primary care providers as well as new specialty practitioners as part of the multi-disciplinary teams. In addition to the identified need for more counselors and a better-trained workforce in substance abuse treatment there is a need for addictions informed professionals working in public health, public policy, education, and medicine, among many others. The U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) revised their national strategies to promote evidence-based public health and safety initiatives focusing on key areas such as substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) view alcohol and other drug use as a major public health problem increasing risks for injuries, violence, and diseases. Within the National Institutes of Health there are multiple divisions dedicated to the prevention and treatment of substance abuse including, but not limited to, the National Institute of Drug Addiction (NIDA), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT).  For providers in New York State go to Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers in New York State.
For up to date meeting times visit the Registrar’s website. For questions or concerns please contact your Academic Adviser.

Course Meeting Times
  Information Subject to Change 
Course Credit Hours Offered Fall Offered Spring Offered Summer
HTW 318 Dynamics of Addiction 3 credits M/W 5:15-6:35 M/W 5:15-6:35 Online
HTW 321 Prevention in Addiction Services 4credits T/TH 3:30-4:50
HTW 436 Ethics in Addictions Services 3 credits M/W 2:15-3:35
HTW 405 Cognitive Behavioral Stress Reduction 3 credits T 5:00-7:45
HTW 406 Clinical Assessment Evaluation 3 credits T/TH 5:00-6:20
HTW 407 Motivational Interviewing 3 credits M/W 2:15-3:35
HTW 408 Addictions Cultural Context – OR 3 credits T/TH 3:30-4:50
HTW 412 Global Perspectives in Alcohol and Other Drug Policies Study Abroad: every other May (even years)
HTW 409 The Impact of Addictions on Families 3 credits M/W 3:34-5:05
HTW 436 Ethics in Addictions Services 3 credits M/W 2:15-3:35
Information for the Certified Prevention Professional/Certified Prevention Specialist (CPP/CPS) certification and application process through the NY State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS) is managed by NYS OASAS. Upon successful completion of the Minor in Addiction Studies students receive an OASAS issued secured certificate documenting they’ve completed the 250 hours for the CPP/CPS through Syracuse University. Please go to the NYS OASAS website and review the information for the respective certifications. You may also call them to discuss the process.

Certified Prevention Professional/ Certified Prevention Specialist (CPP/CPS)

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Health and Wellness Minor

This minor addresses personal behaviors, environmental factors and social conditions that affect the quality of personal and public health. It is intended to increase the capacity of the individual to adopt health-benefiting behaviors and lifestyles. The minor requires completion of 18 credits, including 12 credits above the 300 level. To be admitted into the minor, a student must submit a Declaration of Minor form to his or her faculty advisor, the Health and Wellness Minor coordinator, and the Dean’s office in his or her home college.

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Public Health Minor

This minor addresses personal behaviors, environmental factors and social conditions that affect the quality of personal and public health. It is intended to increase the capacity of the individual to adopt health-benefiting behaviors and lifestyles. The minor requires completion of 18 credits, including 12 credits above the 300 level. To be admitted into the minor, a student must submit a Declaration of Minor form to his or her faculty advisor, the Health and Wellness Minor coordinator, and the Dean’s office in his or her home college.

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