Public Health

The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend. — Benjamin Disraeli

The public health minor prepares students to pursue careers or graduate study in public health through a solid grounding in the liberal arts, combined with experiential learning.

Public health students select a major in a field of their interest and then build a series of courses that address the key aspects of public health. Throughout, students consult with advisors in order to gain both broad perspectives and information-gathering skills.

Public Health Minor Requirements

Public Health minor worksheet

The minor in public health consists of minimum six courses.

One of the following courses
ANTH 265 Medical Anthropology
ECON 262 Health Economics
PH 101 Introduction to Public Health
PSY 265 Health Psychology
SOC 225 Health and Medicine

One of the following courses
PHIL 111 Ethics
PHIL 242 Medical Ethics

Three of the following courses
ANTH 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 210 Feast or Famine: The Ecology and Politics of Food
ANTH 215 Tanzania: Education and Development
*ANTH 265 Medical Anthropology
ANTH 270 Psychological Anthropology
ANTH 311 Violence against Women
BIO 101 An Introduction to Biology
BIO 105 Nutrition
or BIO 112 Cells and Genes
ECON 112 Microeconomics with BioPharma Applications
*ECON 262 Health Economics
MGMT 298 Applied Health Science
*PH 101 Introduction to Public Health
PSY 203 Child Development
PSY 225 Brain, Mind and Behavior
PSY 227 Drugs and Behavior
PSY 235 Human Sexuality
*PSY 265 Health Psychology
PSY 369 Clinical Psychology
*SOC 225 Health and Medicine
SOC 311 Violence against Women

*If course is not used above.

Appropriate substitutions will be considered.

One of the following courses with practicum position related to public health which must be approved by a minor advisor.
PSY 334 Practicum in Human Services and Public Health
SOC 345 How Organizations Work: Internship

Note: A public health-related internship, independent research experience, or other experiential learning opportunity can substitute for PSY 334 or SOC 345 if the experience is taken for 300-level credit or at least one of the six courses applied to the minor was taken at the 300-level.

Public Health Science Minor Requirements

Public Health Science minor worksheet

The minor in public health science consists of minimum six courses.

One of the following courses
ANTH 265 Medical Anthropology
ECON 262 Health Economics
PH 101 Introduction to Public Health
PSY 265 Health Psychology
SOC 225 Health and Medicine

One of the following courses
PHIL 111 Ethics
PHIL 242 Medical Ethics (highly recommended)

One of the following courses
BIO 101 An Introduction to Biology
BIO 112 Cells and Genes

Two of the following courses
BIO 105 Nutrition
BIO 201 Environmental Science
BIO 211 Genetics
BIO 221 Microbiology
BIO 252 Parasitology and Symbiosis
MGMT 298 Applied Health Science

One 300-level public health science-based practicum in consultation with a minor advisor.

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    PH 101 – Introduction to Public Health

    This introductory course will explore some of the many aspects of the US and world public health systems and their role in our society. Contemporary issues will then be discussed (e.g., Obesity, Smoking, Socioeconomic Disparities, Insurance, Mental Health, Gun Violence) using specific examples from current events. Students will be expected to evaluate these issues through a public health lens, including potential interventions to address the issue, and their political, social, and economic implications.

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    PH 198 – Experimental Course

    From time to time, departments design a new course to be offered either on a one-time basis or an experimental basis before deciding whether to make it a regular part of the curriculum. Refer to the course schedule for current listings.

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    PH 199 – Independent Study

    An opportunity to do independent work in a particular area not included in the regular courses.

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    PH 298 – Experimental Course

    From time to time, departments design a new course to be offered either on a one-time basis or an experimental basis before deciding whether to make it a regular part of the curriculum. Refer to the course schedule for current listings.

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    PH 299 – Independent Study

    An opportunity to do independent work in a particular area not included in the regular courses.

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    PH 398 – Experimental Course

    From time to time, departments design a new course to be offered either on a one-time basis or an experimental basis before deciding whether to make it a regular part of the curriculum. Refer to the course schedule for current listings.

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    PH 399 – Independent Study

    An opportunity to do independent work in a particular area not included in the regular courses.

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    PH 500 – Individual Research

    Selected majors are invited by the department to pursue individual research in preparation for writing an Honors Thesis.

Michael Berg

Associate Professor of Psychology; Coordinator, Public Health Program

M. Teresa Celada

Associate Professor of Philosophy; Chair, Department of Philosophy

Phoebe Chan

Associate Professor of Economics

Donna O. Kerner

Professor of Anthropology; William Isaac Cole Professor of Anthropology

Katherine Mason

Assistant Professor of Sociology/Women and Gender Studies

Robert L. Morris

Professor of Biology; William & Elsie Prentice Professorship (2015-2020)

M. Gabriela Torres

Associate Professor of Anthropology; Public Health Coordinator