2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Public Health (minor)

The interdisciplinary minor in Public Health draws on a range of academic disciplines to prepare students to promote the health and well being of local communities within the US and around the world. The required and elective courses feature rigorous scholarship to engage diverse students with in-depth examinations of public health concepts, problems and solutions as they gain critical thinking skills. The primary goals of the Public Health program are as follows:

1.      Encourage growth in each student’s understanding of health information and data, including the methods of discovering and investigating related evidence. Students will gain relevant practical skills, including how to research public health topics and analyze public health data. Students will be able understand how public health research informs individual and community preparedness for public disasters and health emergencies.

2.      Provide students with a strong interdisciplinary foundation in the multiple determinants of health: the interconnectedness of physical, social, and environmental aspects of community health, such as the impact of policies, laws, and legislation. Students will engage different communities to promote public health: examples include active involvement in health promotion programs or in public policy processes. Ethics, including a focus on equity and justice, are included in this domain, focusing on questions where individual rights and preferences may be in conflict with what research shows is needed to protect the greater public good.

3.      Prepare students to promote healthy individual lifestyle behaviors and positive community-level health programs which value multicultural perspectives and collaborations across diverse backgrounds. Students will utilize teamwork to carry-out projects and employ effective communication skills to disseminate findings, including using new and older types of media. Student will learn how university-community partnerships can strengthen the impact of health education, prevention and outreach programs.

Required Foundation Courses (5 Units)
SOC 214Introduction to Public Health (If not taken as Required Foundation Course, then may be taken as Lower-division Elective)4
or SOC 321 Medical Sociology
UNIV 208Pre-Health Seminar1
Electives (16 Total Units: 12 of the 16 Units must come from Upper-Division Electives)
BIOL 121Introduction to Cells and Organisms (Must be taken with 1-unit BIOL 123L or BIOL 124L)3
BIOL 122Intro to Metabolism, Genes & Developmt (Must be taken with 1-unit BIOL 123L or BIOL 124L)3
GEOL 152Introduction to Environmental Science (Must be taken with 1-unit GEOL 152L)3
MATH 131Essential Statistics4
SOC 200Sexuality and Society4
Upper-Division Electives (Maximum of One per Department)
BIOL 331/331LGenetics and Genetics Lab4
BIOL 482Selected Topics (Selected Topic requires pre-approval by Program Director of Public Health)2-4
COMM 301Persuasive Communication4
CRIM/SOC 370Deviance in U.S. Society4
CRIM 410Substance Abuse4
EXSC 303Nutrition,3
EXSC 461Exercise Psychology4
PHIL 345Bioethics4
POLS 414Environmental Law and Policy4
PSYC 338Sport Psychology4
PSYC 345Health Psychology4
PSYC 482Selected Topic (Selected Topic requires pre-approval by Program Director of Public Health)4
SOC 300Sexuality and Society4
or SOC 200 Sexuality and Society
SOC 321Medical Sociology (If not taken as Required Foundation Course, then may be taken as Upper-division Elective)4
SOC 421Applied Sociology (If select health-related site)4
SOC 492Internship (If select health-related site)1-2