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2006-07 Undergraduate Catalog


College of Public Health and Health Professions

Public Health

College of Public Heath and Health Professions

The public health minor is a 15-credit program that allows pre-professional students to acquire public health knowledge that is complementary to their chosen career path. It is specifically designed for students going into careers other than public health who can benefit from public health knowledge in the delivery of their services. A few examples of these careers include medicine, occupational therapy, physician assistant, dentistry, nutritional sciences, health education, psychology and environmental engineering.

This minor is available to any eligible senior. Prerequisites for the minor include senior status (90+ credits), overall GPA of 3.0 and completion of general college biology, psychology or sociology, and statistics (STA 2023) with a 3.0 GPA. The minor requires 15 hours of specific graduate-level public health course work. Students have two options (described below) in completing this work, depending upon their interests, prior knowledge and course availability.

Students interested in this minor can obtain an application and a list of appropriate course work that begins in the senior year from the dean's office (HPNP, Room 4104A).

Please note: Students interested in public health as a career should explore the combined-degree program rather than the minor.

Option 1: The vast majority of undergraduates select this option. Students complete the five core public health courses listed below. In this option, students receive breadth of training across the core public health domains.

PHC 6001 Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health 3
PHC 6050 Statistical Methods for Health Sciences 1 3
PHC 6318 Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health 3
PHC 6102 Introduction to Public Health Administrative Systems 3
PHC 6404 Phsychological, Behavioral and Social Issues in Public Health 3

Option 2: Students focus on a specific core area of public health. These core areas include biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health management and policy, and social and behavioral sciences. Students complete the applicable three-credit core public health course (noted above in Option 1) and nine credits of combined coursework selected from course offerings in the concentration area. The remaining three credits can be selected from other concentration courses or the other four core public health courses. This option allows students to acquire depth of knowledge in a core public health domain.