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Undergraduate Minor in Public Health

Program Director: Cristina S. Barroso, DrPH

The undergraduate minor in public health offers a broad exposure to the concepts of public health and the role of public health in assuring health, improving health, and protecting against health threats. The professional field of public health is made up of careers that are important in the health of the community, nation, and world. As a field of scientific inquiry, public health offers opportunities to engage in research from many disciplinary perspectives.

This 18-credit hour minor provides students with an understanding of the connections between public health and every aspect of life as well as the analytic approaches to understanding these connections. The minor can be an asset to students in determining their interest in graduate studies as well as entering into public health careers or other health-oriented careers after graduation.

What is Public Health?

Girl's hands holding globe“Public health is prevention. [It] is the practice of preventing disease and promoting good health within groups of people, from small communities to entire countries.
-American Public Health Association

Useful for students pursuing careers in:

  • Healthcare/nursing
  • Epidemiology
  • Health education
  • Policy/management
  • Biostatistics
  • International/global health
  • Public health law
  • Public health veterinary medicine
  • Behavioral science
  • Environmental health
  • Emergency preparedness/response
  • Health communications/journalism
  • Science/research
  • Nutrition/dietetics
  • Disease prevention
  • Consumer safety
  • Community planning
  • Social Work
  • Health inspection
  • And many more

Current Public Health Undergraduate Course Schedule*



Status in Minor

PUBH 201 – Introduction to Public Health (3) Fall, Spring, Summer Required
PUBH 202 – Introductory Epidemiology (3) Spring Required
PUBH 401 – Global Public Health (3) Fall Required
PUBH 315 – Health of Adolescents (3) Spring Elective
PUBH 350 – Public Health Aspects of Aging (3) Spring Elective
PUBH 430 – Suicide and Crisis Intervention (3) Fall Elective
PUBH 420 – Environmental Public Health (3) Spring Elective

*Course Schedule is Subject to Change, Please See Undergraduate Catalog for class descriptions.

Student Quote

I chose the public health minor, because of its ever increasing role in medicine. Also, the minor gives you a great perspective into how health policy is debated and implemented on a large scale.

-Travis Baity
Microbiology major

Course Substitutions

At times scheduling and other conflicts may not allow students to complete the minor as outlined or transfer students may have taken comparable courses at their initial institution. In such cases students can petition to have alternate courses serve in lieu of the required course. Students who are challenged in completing the coursework as prescribed are encouraged to complete the substitution form prior to taking the alternate course, however the form can also be used in relation to a completed course. Please submit the completed course substitution form, a copy of the syllabus for the suggested course option, and a paragraph stating why the proposed course should be accepted in lieu of the prescribed course. Submit these three documents to the director of the Public Health minor (currently Assoc. Prof. Cristina Barroso). Send the director an email to confirm receipt ( The director will notify the student of the decision or request additional materials to help inform a decision. If approved the director will forward the materials to the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.

More Information

If you have questions or concerns about the Public Health minor, please contact Assoc. Prof. Cristina Barroso (

How to Declare or Drop The Minor

To declare a public health minor, students should complete the CEHHS Minor Add/Drop form on the CEHHS Advising and Student Services website.  This same form can also be used to drop the minor should you later change your mind.

There are advantages to declaring the minor early as opposed to later:

  • DARS tracks their progress on the minor to confirm the student is progressing as they wish
  • Once minor coursework is completed, the DARS confirms that it will be reflected in their graduation documents
  • Allows the Department of Public Health to gauge student interest in public health courses and assure that enough course offerings are available