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Health and Wellness Minor

The health and wellness minor supports and prepares individuals to make important health decisions that optimize overall health and well-being through education, health promotion, and coach instruction. This minor is appropriate for students from all other majors at TCNJ, but especially those considering careers or further study in health-related professions such as medicine, nursing, public health, public health policy, health management, social work, clinical psychology, health communications, and other fields.


Core  (5 course units)

  • KHS 160: Current Health & Wellness
  • KHS 209: Personal Conditioning
  • KHS 225: Nutrition
  • KHS 351: Stress Management
  • KHS375: Coaching Leadership

Students with a minor in health and wellness may substitute one approved KHS, PBH, or NUR course in lieu of one outlined course,

Health Coach Training Program

TCNJ is an accredited educational partner of the American Council on Exercise (ACE) health coach training program. Students who meet all eligibility requirements may choose to sit for the ACE health coach exam to become an  ACE-certified health coach.

It is not feasible for KHS majors to enroll in this minor as there are overlapping courses that are already required in the KHS major. Completing KHS 351 and 375 is all that is needed to attain all health coaching information.

That mission is pursued through the following three-pronged approach:

  1. Educate/Health Promotion:
    Provide comprehensive information relevant to fitness, nutrition, stress management/mindfulness, general health & wellness, and/or coaching styles
  2. Coaching/Training
    Explore coaching techniques and strategies used to guide self/others to determine and implement best practices for personal health and well-being. Apply coaching techniques in education and relevant practical experiences.
  3. Integrated Coaching/Practical Experiences
    Participate in peer-wellness coaching (PWC) experiences to employ strategies that will foster self/client’s personal growth.


With today’s population’s current needs and growing health concerns, there is a definite need to arm individuals with the necessary tools and knowledge to educate themselves and others. Courses will reflect the content outlined by the National Wellness Institute to address national themes.

These themes are:
1. Wellness is a conscious, self-directed, and evolving process of achieving full potential
2. Wellness is multidimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental/emotional and spiritual well-being, and the environment
3. Wellness is positive and affirming

Minor Form Health and Wellness Brochure