The minor in Nutrition Promotion and Education is designed to provide students with a sound foundation of nutrition knowledge encompassing various aspects of the science of nutrition, to create advocates for good nutrition, and to empower future wellness, healthcare, fitness and business professionals to share nutrition information effectively within their scope of practice.

This minor has the ability to appeal to majors who would like to expand their study to the area of nutrition.

A minor in Nutrition Promotion and Education would provide students from all majors across campus access to coursework to supplement their major studies and provide industry-specific instruction not currently available in their home programs.

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog.

Compatible Majors

The Department of Sport Management, Wellness, and Physical Education, specifically the Health and Community Wellness Program, often receives requests from students in other majors seeking information regarding nutrition courses or a nutrition minor. Efforts would be made to specifically market the Nutrition Promotion and Education minor to certain students majoring in related disciplines. Listed below are some compatible majors offered at UWG which would pair well with a minor in Nutrition Promotion and Education:

  • Biology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • Health and Community Wellness
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Teacher Education
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • Sport Management

Program Location

Carrollton Campus

Method of Delivery

Face to Face


The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Credit and transfer

Total semester hours required:

This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

Save money

UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.


  • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
  • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
  • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
  • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
  • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
  • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
  • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Student Accounts and Billing Services website

There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.


Prerequisite CMWL 3210 for the Nutrition Promotion and Education minor required in the CMWL major.

This undergraduate course provides healthy eating and nutrition principles for fitness and wellness professionals. The course helps students understand the role of nutrition in improving health and applying these ideas to establish healthy SMART goals and eating plans. A review of current eating habits and patterns using nationally recommended dietary guidelines and nutritional assessment tools will be covered. Course topics include the relationship between nutrition and various diseases, use of dietary supplementation, and nutrition for improved sport and fitness performance.

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Food has played a consistent yet complicated role in the shaping of national histories, social relations, personal experiences, and cultures. This course explores how, by examining the various intersections between food and culture from the pre-Columbian period through the present day and across the American landscape.

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Students will learn about the nutritional needs of infants, children, adolescents, pregnant and lactation women, and middle-aged and elderly people. The course will also investigate various chronic diseases and how nutrition plays a role in prevention, treatment and health maintenance.

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This course provides a basic understanding of the importance of nutrition in physical activity and sports performance. Topics will include energy metabolism during exercise, optimizing nutrient and food intake for performance, fluid balance, unique nutrient needs for sport participants and common micronutrient deficiencies, and the role and safety of nutritional supplements and ergogenic aids in physical activity.

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This course provides principles and practices of nutrition education for individuals and groups, including aspects of public speaking and lesson planning. Students will learn to plan, implement, and evaluate nutrition educational materials for use in individual counseling and small groups. Counseling skills will be taught and applied in simulated situations with an emphasis placed on motivational interviewing.

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This course evaluates food and nutrition from an anthropological perspective. The course features historic and geographic roots of dietary patterns. Students examine the evolution of the human diet and explore the bio-cultural influences that shape our modern day diet. Students investigate the role culture, ethnicity, gender, economics, and religion have on food choices and eating behaviors. Students examine the nutritional benefits of ethnic foods, geographic food patterns, and nutrition-related health risks faced by various cultural groups.

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Melissa Brillhart, MA, RD, LD

Melissa Brillhart, MA, RD, LD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Guidelines for Admittance

Each UWG online degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.

Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

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Admission Process Checklist

  1. Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).

  2. Review important deadlines:
    • Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
    • Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
    • Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
  3. Complete online application
    Undergraduate Admissions Guide
    Undergraduate Application
    Undergraduate International Application

  4. Submit $30 non-refundable application fee

  5. Submit official documents
    • Request all official transcripts and test scores be sent directly to UWG from all colleges or universities attended. If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.
    • Undergraduate & Graduate Applicants should send all official transcripts to:
      • Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Murphy Building
        University of West Georgia
        1601 Maple Street
        Carrollton, GA 30118-4160

  6. Submit a Certificate of Immunization, if required. If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. See Immunizations Guidelines for more information.

  7. Check your Application Status


Contact the Office of Admissions for additional information.

Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate only), Financial Aid, Fee Payments, Registration, Start/End of term, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

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