Public Health Minor

Program Overview

Public health as a field of study is highly varied and encompasses many academic disciplines – therefore careers in public health have something to offer to everyone. According to the Association of Schools of Public Health, “public health improves the shared conditions and behaviors that affect the health of each and every one of us.”  The combined efforts of public health professionals make our world a safer place in which individuals live, work, and thrive.

The minor in Public Health introduces students to the core responsibilities and functions of the field of Public Health.  Students may select from a variety of elective courses to build a program that enhances the student’s major area of study and matches the student’s personal interests in the health field. 

Students selecting the minor in Public Health may choose courses that fulfill University Core Curriculum (UCC) requirements in:

  • Diversity and Social Justice (Area 4)
  • Community and Civic Engagement (Area 5)
  • Global Awareness (Area 6)

As Public Health in multidisciplinary by nature, the minor in Public Health is well-suited for students from a wide variety of majors.

Why Minor in Public Health?

The minor in Public Health is a good choice for students who:

  • Want broad exposure to an exciting and growing field of study relevant to a wide array of work settings and careers.
  • Want to explore population-based health issues related to their major area of study.
  • Are considering graduate studies in a health-related or human services-related field.

 

More Information

Admissions requirements: To be admitted to the minor in Public Health, students must take and pass with the grade of C or better PBHL 3000: Introduction to Public Health.

How to declare the minor:  To declare a minor in Health Studies, students must contact the Career Development and Gloria S. Williams Advisement Center, Student Center 301.

Additional questions:  If you have questions about the Health Studies minor, please contact the Department of Public Health in Hunziker Wing, room 132 or call 973-720-2394.

Program Requirements

18 credits

Core Courses: 9 credits

 

 

 

(all of the following courses)

CR

UCC

PREREQUISITES

PBHL 3000

Introduction to Public Health

3

-

 

PBHL 3400

Environmental Health

3

-

PBHL 3000

PBHL 4000

Epidemiology

3

-

PBHL 3000

Elective Courses: 9 credits

 

 

 

(select any three of the following courses)

CR

UCC

 

PBHL 2550

Health Care and Health Policy

3

Area 5

 

PBHL 2700

Concepts and Issues of Aging

3

-

 

PBHL 2950

Disparities in Health

3

Area 4

 

PBHL 3020

Health Care in the US

3

-

 

PBHL 3110

Global Health Issues

3

Area 6

 

PBHL 3140

Reproductive Rights

3

Area 5

 

PBHL 3150

Food and Community

3

Area 5

 

PBHL 3220

Food and Social Issues

3

-

 

PBHL 4950

Cultural Dimensions of Health

3

-