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On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 semesters
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Gain an overview on how to build healthy communities with a minor in public health.
The Public Health minor offers complementary studies to students who are on a pre-medical track; those majoring in fields that incorporate a health focus, such as rehabilitation studies or kinesiology; or those interested in environmental science or public policy.

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Why Earn a Public Health Minor?

The Public Health minor introduces students to the fundamentals of disease prevention and advocacy for health at local, community and national levels. Courses draw on knowledge from social, behavioral and health sciences.

Public Health Minor Highlights

We have nationally recognized, dedicated full-time faculty who are well-equipped to help you achieve your goals.
Graduates of our program may choose from a wide variety of specializations enabling them to succeed in many different roles in health care.
The HPS Undergraduate Advising Office assists students throughout minor planning.
The Public Health minor provides students with an overview of health promotion and ways to identify, prevent and solve health problems within communities.
Our faculty are innovative and student-oriented, and provide mentoring, support and interdisciplinary research opportunities.

Public Health Minor Courses You Could Take

Introduction to Public Health (3 hrs)
This course will introduce students to the history of public health, key public health concepts and theories, and the interdisciplinary links between public health and other fields. Students will also learn about both domestic and global public health programs.
Epidemiological Concepts and Methods for Public Health (3 hrs)
Objective is to provide students with an understanding of the basic principles of epidemiology as related to public health issues and challenges. Enables students to learn and understand concepts frequently used in epidemiology.
Social Justice and Behavioral Foundations in Public Health (3hrs)
Exposes students to social justice challenges associated with race, ethnicity, social class, gender, migration status, and culture; all of which ultimately affect human health and create health disparities. Students are introduced to the concept of health equity and a broad overview of health disparities.
Environmental Health (3 hrs)
Introductory course to environmental health for public health practice. Discusses environmental factors that affect the health of all living organisms. Covers topics such as the role of the environment in risk of disease, environmental disease agents, environmental epidemiology, environmental toxicology, environmental justice, etc.
Public Health and Health Policy (3 hrs)
Introduces students to a range of health policy issues as they relate to public health. Students learn social, ideological, economic and political forces that affect health policy-making process. They also learn the health care systems in different settings and the key players in health policy making.
Biostatistics (3hrs)
Focuses on some statistical concepts and procedures used in public health. Important biostatistical concepts and reasoning are covered. Students learn descriptive and inferential statistics as well as some epidemiological concepts and designs.

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