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Public Health Minor

Students in the public health minor will gain a basic understanding of the foundations of public health. 

Upon completion of a minor, students will be able to:

  • Describe the history of public health;

  • Provide examples of the essential services of public health;

  • Identify the methodologies employed by public health practitioners;

  • Identify and describe the factors impacting health and disease of a population using sociological model;

  • Utilize basic methods for measurement and quantification of disease to describe the extent of public health issues; and

  • Discuss the impact of culture and policy on health and disease.


Public Health Required Core Courses: 9 Credits
Complete all of the following courses:
PBH 201 Health and Society: Survey of Public Health
PBH 210 Overview of Global Health
PBH 305 Survey of Epidemiology

Public Health Electives: 9 Credits
Students must choose one course from each topic area from those listed below.  Other alternative courses may be selected with advisement.
* IMPORTANT NOTE: Students cannot use a course to fulfill the nine credits of Public Health Elective requirements if it has been used to fulfill a requirement for their major. *

Topic Area 1: Ethics
BUS 312 Ethics and Social Responsibility
PHI 235 Biomedical Ethics
Additional Special Topics courses in Ethics may be approved by advisement.

Topic Area 2: Culture and Behavior
HMN 201 Food, Culture and Nutrition
HSC 206 Cultural Perspectives of Health, Disability and Wellness
HSC 215 Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan
PED 225 Concepts of Fitness and Wellness
PSY 326 Health Psychology
Additional Special Topics courses in Culture and Behavior may be approved by advisement.

Topic Area 3: Environmental
BIO 110 Environmental Issues
BIO 130 Environmental Biology
BIO 326 Ecology
BIO 350 New and Emerging Diseases
HST 150 Climate Crisis and the Challenge of Energy Conversion
SCI 120 Nutrition Science

Minor Requirements: 18 Credits

Minor Policy

Minors may be declared any time before the completion of the drop/add period in the first term of the senior year or before completion of 87 credit hours, whichever comes later.

Successful completion of at least a one course in the minor is a prerequisite to such declaration.

Only two of the required minor courses may also count toward major or another minor’s requirements.  A minimum of half the required credits for the minor must be completed at Sage.

GPA in Minor required (minimum): 2.200 or higher