Minor in Public Health
The Interdisciplinary minor in Public Health integrates key aspects of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, communities and individuals. Students who choose to augment their current baccalaureate major by adding the public health minor increase their awareness of emerging issues in public health, the social and behavioral aspects of preventing disease, environmental health concepts, the changing U.S. health care system and the monitoring of diseases in the community through their study of applied public health research.
The Public Health minor is ideal for students who are in a baccalaureate program in a health related field, but may also appeal to students in other colleges who have an interest in public health, such as pre-law, urban planning, criminal justice, education, and landscape design, as well as others. By adding a public health minor, students increase their awareness of emerging issues in public health, such as the current coronavirus pandemic, and health disparities due to racial inequality.
Requirements and Curriculum
A total of 18 credit hours is required. Students will complete courses from three required core area, which are essential to studies in public health, including:
- Introduction to Public Health
Students then round out their studies by selecting from a diverse offering of electives, both online and in the classroom, across multiple colleges. This will allow majors in online programs to pursue the minor, if interested. The interdisciplinary curriculum was intentionally designed to span multiple colleges and offer students the ability to tailor their minor electives to complement their major area of focus. Students are required to complete three elective courses.
There are different course level options within the required and elective course options. The 1000 and 2000 level courses are recommended for those students not currently pursuing a health-related major and/or freshman and sophomore students. The 3000 level courses are recommended for those students in health-related major and/or junior and senior level students. Students and their advisors can decide which courses best meets their needs.
Ready to Declare?
To declare the minor, please fill out the Declaration Form!