Minor Requirements

Program Description

In this minor, students will be introduced to public health concepts and practice. They will learn about the roles of public health, disease control, health promotion, and health care delivery systems and will learn how to use basic tools of epidemiology in evidence-based public health practice. They will apply public health principles in both developed and developing countries to understand the links between health and economic and social development. Finally, students will learn how to apply public health concepts to their major area of study by working with a community partner on a project in a relevant area of public health.

Minor Requirements

The public health minor is interdisciplinary, and includes six courses. Two service-learning courses, Introduction to Public Health and Projects in Public Health, are required, in addition to courses in epidemiology and global health. Two other two classes are selected from a list of public health-related electives. In order to enroll in BIO410, students must have completed BIO106 and BIO107. Completion of BIO201 and senior status are recommended before enrolling in BIO410.

Required Courses (12 credits)

  • BIO106: Introduction to Population Health or NUR355: Building Healthy Communities*
  • BIO107: Introduction to Epidemiology
  • BIO201: Global Health
  • BIO410: Projects in Public Health or NUR485: Clinical Internship* or SWK426: Field Practicum Seminar II#

Elective Courses (6 credits; one course from each of the following groups)

Group A

  • BIO105: Environmental Health
  • BIO212: Microbiology
  • CHE105 Chemistry & Society I: Public Affairs Chemistry
  • CHE106: Chemistry & Society II: Chemistry for Consumers
  • GRN100: Introduction to Gerontology
  • PSY215: Psychology of Aging
  • PSY342: Social Behavior
  • NUR463: Nursing in Community Health*

Group B

  • SOC101: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC307: Marriage and the Family
  • SOC308: Women in Society
  • SOC312: Social Stratification: Sociology of Poverty
  • SOC322: Sociology of Aging
  • SOC326: Sociology of Health
  • SWK210: Diversity and Social Justice
  • SWK300: Social Policy Analysis#
  • SWK351: Social Work and Health/Mental Health Care


* Nursing majors only
# Social Work majors only