Public Health Minor

Offered by Health Science Programs

The purpose of the interdisciplinary Public Health Minor is to allow students majoring in areas which directly or indirectly impact the health of populations to gain insight, knowledge and experience in the diverse field of public health. The objectives of this minor are:

  1. to acquaint the student with the core values of public health including assessment, policy development and assurance;
  2. to increase the students understanding and awareness of the importance of biological, chemical and other natural processes to disease and health;
  3. to provide the skills students need to become leaders in promoting health;
  4. to critique the value of existing programs, laws, and healthcare structure at local to global levels;
  5. to provide specific business knowledge relating to health care economics and marketing;
  6. to provide the skills students need to contribute to the changing field of public health through research, awareness and leadership.
Required Courses
HSCI 140Introduction to Public Health3
HSCI 320Global Health3
BIOL 110Introduction to Epidemiology3
Electives
Select at least one course from each of the following groups for a minimum of 15 credit hours. 115
Group 1: Natural Science
Human Microbiology
Human Physiology
Anatomy and Physiology
Infectious Diseases
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
Environmental Chemistry
Group 2: Business and Management
Health Care Economics
Human Resource Management
Health Care Management I - Managing People Effectively
Health Care Management II - Managing Processes Effectively
Services Marketing
Group 3: Nutrition and Wellness
Introduction to Nutrition
Healthy Wealthy and Wise
Introduction to Health Promotions
General Safety Education
Group 4: Cultural, Psychological, Social and other
Medical Terminology
Lifespan Development and the Family
Marriage and Family Relationships
Cross-Cultural Family Patterns
Death and Dying
Abnormal Behavior and Society
Adult Development and Aging
Social Psychology
Sociology of Health and Illness
Introduction to Social Welfare
Spanish for Special Purposes (Medical)
Total Credit Hours24
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The elective courses selected should be based on the need to provide a broader education for each student. Students interested in this degree MUST consult with a public health minor advisor to identify specific courses required to focus specific public health interests.