Academic Requirements

Academic Requirements

The minor in Public Health consists of six (6) courses.  Students are required to take Introduction to Public Health and Global Health Disparities courses.  The remaining four courses are split between electives in Natural Science & Public Health (List A below) and electives in Social, Cultural and Behavioral Aspect of Public Health (List B below). Students may request that special topics courses or pre-approved study abroad courses count toward fulfillment of either List A or List B courses, as appropriate.  Credit for such courses may be granted only with the approval of the Director of the Public Health minor.  Students who are sociology majors may not double count the Intro to Public Health course or the Global Health Disparities course toward their sociology major.

Required Courses

SOC 171 Introduction to Public Health (No Prerequisite)
SOC 271 Global Health Disparities (Prerequisite: Introduction to Public Health)

Elective Courses

Students must take a combination of four (4) additional courses from List A and B, below. The courses must be from at least three (3) different departments, and two courses must be from each list. 

Note: Courses from Lists A and B may have prerequisite courses that must be taken prior to enrollment.  See course descriptions below for further information.

List A.  Natural Sciences and Public Health 


BIO 100 Microbes and Your World
BIO 100 Embryos in the Public Eye
BIO 203 Microbiology w/ Lab
BIO 209 Genetics w/ Lab
BIO 301 Integrative Human Anatomy w/ Lab
BIO 302 Developmental Biology w/ Lab
BIO 317 Pathophysiology w/ Lab
BIO 350 Introduction to Toxicology w/ Lab
BIO 404 Immunology w/ Lab
BIO 409  Biochemistry w/ Lab (See also CHE 309)
BIO 424 Integrative Human Physiology w/ Lab
CHE 110 Chemistry of the Environment 
CHE 210 Environmental Chemistry 
CHE 309  Biochemistry or CHE 303: Chemistry of Biological Compounds
CHE 310  Greener and Sustainable Chemistry 
CHE 320  Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry 

List B.  Social, Behavioral, and Cultural Aspects of Public Health


ANT 247 Medical Anthropology
ECN 394  Health Economics
ENV 101/102 Introduction to Environmental Studies
PHL 225 Ethical Theory
PHL 226 Global Ethics
PHL 325 Biomedical Ethics
PHS 194 Nutrition
POL 373 Human Rights and Social Justice
PSY 112 General Psychology 
PSY 202 Life-Span Development 
PSY 205 Drugs and Behavior 
PSY 220  Human Sexuality 
PSY 233 Tradtional Psychiatric Disorders
PSY 234 Medical and Developmental Disorders
PSY 320 Health Psychology w/ Lab
SOC 221 Social Inequalities
SOC 370 Environmental Sociology 
SOC 373 Human Rights and Social Justice
SOC 382 Introduction to Social Welfare
SOC 394 Sociology of Mental Health
SOC 494 Sociology of Aging