Minor in Public Health


Focus on the health conditions of all people in a community, with the goal of disease and injury prevention.

The Public Health Minor has been designed for undergraduate students who are looking for an introduction to the field and its disciplines.

Public health is an exciting field that covers a broad range of disciplines and issues, including communicable disease, chronic disease, health education, environmental safety, access to healthcare and healthful lifestyles. Whereas medicine focuses on treating the health conditions of an individual, in public health, the focus is on health conditions of all people in a community, with the goal of prevention.

Why should I declare a minor in public health?

Completing a minor in public health is open to students in any major, and is an especially complementary curriculum for those in nursing, pre-med, social sciences, health education, physical education, exercise science, environmental studies, emergency management or others who are thinking of a career with a health focus.

What will I study in the public health minor?

This minor introduces the foundations of public health including prevention, organizations and agencies providing public health services, and issues at local, state, national, and international levels.

The required courses will give you a broad base of knowledge about public health. You will take a foundation course in biology such as Life Processes in Health and Disease; Pathophysiology; or Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II. You’ll also learn about Foundations of Public Health Credits; Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health and Health and Human Rights. Among the electives you can take are Culture and Health; Microbiology; Human Sexuality; Essentials of Healthful Living; Issues in Consumer Health and Emergency and Disaster Preparedness.

» See the Public Health Minor plan of study in the University Bulletin

How do I declare the minor in public health?

Students are advised to consult the department’s adviser (Dr. M. Pilar Martin) as early in their studies as possible. This will enable you to seek the advice needed to be able to complete the requirements of the minor.

Complete the Change of Major/Minor form on the Registrar website.


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