Diversity and Inclusion in Health and Human Development, Minor

Program Code: DIHHD_UMNR

Program Description

The Diversity and Inclusion in Health and Human Development helps students explore and understand the impacts racial, ethnic, socioeconomic status, and cultural diversity have in the world of health care, education, hospitality, recreation, and tourism.

What is Diversity and Inclusion in Health and Human Development?

The minor in Diversity and Inclusion in Health and Human Development seeks to provide students with the competencies needed to be successful in a multi-cultural and global society. Graduates need to be able to appreciate diverse perspectives, work in diverse teams, and welcome and include individuals from many different backgrounds. The minor allows students to cluster their studies in one of three areas:

  1. Global Health Diversity and Inclusion;
  2. Health and Identity;
  3. Work, Recreation, Family and Community.

The courses that students select can cut across several different content areas including nutrition, biobehavioral health, kinesiology, health policy, hospitality and tourism, recreation and parks, communication disorders, and human development.

You Might Like This Program If...

You enjoy working with diverse communities or in a diverse environment, or just seek to understand how diversity and inclusion are related to quality of life, or can be important for a community, school, healthcare organization, hotel, restaurant, recreation program or other employer. Employers in health care, hospitality, tourism, education, and recreation have high demand for employees who understand the diverse customers served and can be part of a multi-cultural team that meets their needs.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Biobehavioral Health Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders
Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Management in the Hospitality Industry
Introduction to Health Services Organization
The Cultural and Behavioral Foundations of Kinesiology
Introductory Principles of Nutrition Keystone/General Education Course
Leisure and Human Behavior Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Choose 12 credits from one of the following clusters. At least 6 credits must be at the 400 level and at least 3 credits outside of your major:12
Global Health Diversity and Inclusion:
Diversity and Health
Introduction to Global Health Issues
African Health & Development
Global Health Equity
Principles of Epidemiology
Principles of Public Health Administration
Global Nutrition Problems: Health, Science, and Ethics
Tourism and Leisure Behavior
Health and Identity:
Straight Talks I: Advanced Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Peer Education
Diversity and Health
Gender and Biobehavioral Health
Women's Health Issues Keystone/General Education Course
Deaf Culture Keystone/General Education Course
Sexual Identity over the Life Span
Gender and Social Development
Women and Sport
Work, Recreation, Family and Community:
Family Development
Family Development in an Economic Context
Human Resource Management in the Hospitality Industry
The Historical, Cultural, and Social Dynamics of Sport
NUTR 456
Inclusive Leisure Services Keystone/General Education Course

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university's academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.


University Park

Caroline Condon-Lewis
Academic Adviser
604 Ford Building
University Park, PA 16802

Career Paths

Students might use the minor in Diversity and Inclusion in Health and Human Development to prepare for future positions in diversity leadership in organizations or for further graduate studies related to culturally appropriate health care, culturally sensitive tourism and hospitality, or simply to better prepare them for a diverse and global future.


Many employers are recognizing that being a successful company in the 21st century requires a full commitment to diversity and inclusion. Career paths now exist for individuals who specialize in understanding the challenges of serving diverse patients, students, customers, or clients and developing programs to ensure the organization is welcoming to all, able to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, and provide ongoing training that improves inclusion.


Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Students continuing on to graduate study in clinical fields will find tremendous growth in personalized medicine, which fully appreciates the unique characteristics of persons, as well as in societal determinants of health, which recognizes health is shaped by our cultural environment. Students seeking further study in social and behavioral sciences can gain a strong platform for graduate programs that emphasize how culture, society and behavior interact in ways that impact health and quality of life. Students interested in graduate studies in business or management can develop an understanding of one of the critical issues facing leaders in any business organization.


University Park

601F Donald H. Ford Building
University Park, PA 16802