Minor in Public Health

Public health is a diverse and dynamic field. Public health professionals come from varying educational backgrounds and can specialize in an array of fields. A host of specialists, including teachers, medical professionals, journalists, researchers, administrators, social workers, environmentalists, laboratory sciences, demographers, and attorneys work to protect the health of the public.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) determined that keeping the public healthy required a well educated public health workforce and educated citizens. The IOM recommends that all undergraduates have access to education in public health. Furthermore, the changing health care system in America will undoubtedly place more emphasis on primary prevention in the future. As specialists in prevention, students with a public health background will be well suited to meet these societal demands. Additionally, students with this minor will be better prepared should they desire graduate education in the field of public health.

A minimum of 21 credit hours is required to complete the minor. The internship includes 150 hours of field experience.

HEAL 2700Introduction to Public Health3
HEAL 2750Introduction to Epidemiology (FL)3
HEAL 3000Global Health (FL)3
HEAL 3600Prevention And Control Of Disease3
HEAL 4100Health Behavior (FL)3
HEAL 4940Senior Field Experience3
Elective Course (select one)3
Health Economics
Environmental Health (SP)
Public Health Research And Statistics (SP)
Medical Sociology

Courses noted with FL or SP are only offered in those semesters.
Students will be required to meet all of the prerequisites and co-requisites for the courses in the minor.