The undergraduate minor in Public Health will provide students with a basic understanding of the Public Health field by exploring social, cultural, and biological dimensions of health. By completing the public health minor curriculum, students will have skills that can be applied to a Public Health setting and functions such as monitoring and assessing the health of communities, identifying health problems and prioritizing them for better health outcomes, and implementing evidence-based strategies to promote population health can be performed with a high level of expertise.
Students that graduate with a Public Health minor will be prepared for many entry-level public health positions, while also providing the background knowledge required to pursue a broad range of graduate degree programs, including a master’s degree of Public Health (MPH). Providing this new minor in Public Health will build out student opportunities to connect broadly to the healthcare field, even when they are not public health majors. There are a variety of natural, social, and behavioral science fields that seek out individuals with knowledge and experience in the Public Health field as well as their specific area of training. Examples of such fields are behavioral health, social work, law and health policy, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, health administration, and health services research.
It is highly recommended that General Studies and Support Courses be completed prior to enrolling in Public Health courses. Students must earn a grade of “C or higher” in all courses required for the minor in order to progress through the program. Courses with grades of less than “C” must be repeated prior to the student taking any other courses for which the first course is a prerequisite.
We recommend that you meet with a Department of Health Professions advisor once per semester, prior to registration, or, at least once a year.
Advisors can help plan your schedule or courses, review Degree Progress reports, discuss minors, assess your status regarding graduation requirements, and provide career counseling, etc.