2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health Minor

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Program Director:  Chrysan Cronin
Professors:  Borick, Harring, Wilson
Associate Professor:  Kahlenberg
Assistant Professor:  Burger
Affiliate Faculty:  Bywater, Deegan, Doviak, Dowd, Edwards, Eisenberg, Hark, Hashim, Heiman, Kelsey, Kushner, McCain, Ouellette, Schick, Sciutto, Sprayberry, Tjeltveit, Tuerk, Walther

Public Health is an interdisciplinary major/minor that focuses on the protection and improvement of health for individuals, communities, and populations at risk for injury and disease.  The curriculum extends across the natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, and humanities to educate and empower students about health related issues from varying points of view.

Students who major/minor in Public Health will gain an understanding of behavioral, economic, historical, political, and social determinants of health and of the important relationships that statistics and science have on the design of public health interventions.  The core class, PBH 200, 201 Issues in Public Health , is designed to introduce students to a wide variety of public health topics, including historical perspectives, epidemiological principles and health intervention practices, health promotion and health communication, and global issues of health.

The minor offers students flexibility to choose electives appropriate to their interests in public health that also compliment their respective majors.  Students are encouraged to participate in public health related experiences, including independent research study, service learning or other experiential learning connected to a course, internships within the community, and community service unconnected to a course. 

Minor Requirements

(seven courses)

Introduction and overview of public health:

Knowledge of statistics:

Students must take one of the following courses

Knowledge of the social, behavioral, cultural, and economic context of public health:

Students must take a combination of four (4) courses from Lists B and C.  The courses must be from at least three (3) different disciplines and at least two (2) courses must be from List B and at least one (1) course must be from List C.


PBH 960 Internship or PBH 970 Independent Study/Research OR a Practicum, Internship, Independent Study/Research in another related discipline approved by the program director, may be taken for credit toward the List C requirement, but at least one additional course from List C must also be taken.

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