Minor Requirements | St. Lawrence University Public Health

Minor Requirements

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with a public health advisor or the program coordinator when declaring the minor to select courses and discuss personal goals for the minor. Any of the faculty listed on the public health minor website are available to advise students on the public health minor. Students should identify the faculty member most closely aligned with their public health interests to serve as an advisor.

To earn the interdisciplinary minor students must complete the following requirements (with details provided below):   

Five Units of Coursework in three areas

  • Fundamentals of Public Health                                                  1 unit
  • Research Skills and Methods                                                      1 unit
  • Electives                                                                                      3 units
  • One Experiential Learning Component (ELC)
  • Final Reflection Statement


  1. Only one course listed in your major(s) may count towards the minor
    • For Example: A Biology major may only count 1 Biology course toward Public Health (but this course may count as both a minor and major course).
  2. Courses must come from at least three departments or programs.
  3. A maximum of two courses at the 100-level can be counted toward the minor.
  4. No more than two approved courses from other institutions or University-approved study abroad/off-campus programs may transfer into your minor.  Permission from the Public Health Program Coordinator(s) is required for transfer.

Courses for Public Health Minor

1. Fundamentals of Public Health                                                       1 unit

ANTH 3053. Medical Anthropology
PH/BIOL 216. Introduction to Public Health
GS 264. Global Public Health
HIST 3097. Public Health in History
SOC 275. Medical Sociology

2. Research Skills and Methods                                                          1 unit

GEOL/GS 233. Geographic Info Systems w/Lab
GS 290. Research Methods in Global Studies
MATH 230. Differential Equations
PSYC 205. Research Methods in Psychology
SOC 300. Qualitative Research Methods
SOC 301. Quantitative Research Methods
STAT 213. Applied Regression Analysis

3. Electives                                                                                           3 units

ANTH 270. Plagues and Peoples
ANTH 3072. Medicines and Meanings (CBL)
ANTH 4020. Anthropology of the Body
BIOL 231. Microbiology with Lab
BIOL 245/246. Genetics
BIOL 258. Ethnobotany w/ Lab
BIOL 288. Introduction to Neuroscience with Lab
BIOL 315. Human Nutrition
BIOL 333. Immunology with Lab
BIOL 350. Cancer Biology
BIO 388. Drugs & the Brain with Lab
BIOL 389. Advanced Neuroscience
BIO/GS/REL 412. Cross-Cultural Healing
CHEM 306. Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
EDUC/GNDR 325. Sexuality Education
ENG 190 EL/FRPG 2039 EL: Literary Journalism, Food Production, and the Environment
ENVS 231. Health Effects of Pollution
ENVS 323. Environmental Epidemiology
ENVS 3050/4025. Natural History of Infectious Disease
FR 3047/AFS 3045/ENG 3064. Zombies, Epidemics, and Illnesses in the Francophone World
GOVT 327. Politics of Development and Underdevelopment
GNDR 224. Global Advocate Wm’s Sexual Health
GNDR 3066. Girls, Interrupted: Disability, Health, and the Female Body in American Culture
GNDR 369. Making Sexualities
GNDR 4020. Dis/Ability, Gender and Health
GNDR 4036 De/constructing Hlth Diff:Int
GS 101. Political Economy
GS 102. Race, Culture and Identity
GS 265. Global Population Issues
GS 268. Global Health and Justice
GS 324. Solutions to Global Crisis. Global Public Goods
GS 333. Ethics of Global Citizenship
GS 365. Rethinking Population, Health and Environment
HIST/AFS 294. Medicine and Empire: Global Health in Historical Perspective
HIST 3107. Black Death
HIST 4017/AFS 4015. Health and Healing in Africa
PCA 335. Sex Talk
PCA 370. Against Health. Rhetoric & the Health Humanities
PH 3001. Basic Principles of Epidemiology
PH 3002. Health Behavior and Promotion
PH 4001. Social Determinants of Health
PHIL 354. Biomedical Ethics w/ CBL
PSYC 207. Developmental Psychology
PSYC 256. Health Psychology
PSYC 317. Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 318. Environmental Psychology
PSYC 4014/GNDR 4030. Seminar in the Psychology of Human Sexuality
PSYC 322. Positive Psychology
PSYC 413. Community Psychology (CBL)
PSYC 456. Health Psychology
REL 3024/GNDR 3025. Women, Religion, and Food
SOC 225. Women’s Health and Aging
SOC 227. Kenya. Healthcare Delivery in a Developing Country
SOC 246. What’s so Bad about Aging (CBL)
SOC 253. Race, Class and Environmental Justice
SPAN 3018. Medical Spanish
SSES 230. Principles of Health and Wellness

Additional courses may be approved by the Public Health Program Coordinator(s).

Experiential Learning Component (ELC)

The public health minor requires students to carry out an experiential learning component (ELC). The ELC is intended to provide students with an opportunity to gain public health experience that complements their coursework. Minors must complete at least one of the following experiential learning options:

  • Take a Community Based Learning (CBL) course with a public health placement approved by the Public Health Program Coordinator(s)
  • Carry out independent public health-related research (short-term, summer, or semester; this could include an appropriate SYE project)
  • Complete an internship relevant to public health
  • Complete an internship, research, or community based component as part of an off-campus program approved by the Public Health Program Coordinator(s).

Minors should consult with their public health advisor or the Public Health Program Coordinator(s) about which option(s) will best suit their interests and complement their coursework.

To complete and document the Public Health Minor, students must:

Submit a one page final reflection statement self-evaluating work in the public health minor, including the courses  taken, a description of the ELC, and how the courses and ELC fit together to create an integrated study of public health. 

The statement must be done after all courses and ELC for the minor have been completed or prior to graduation. To upload your statement click on the "submit reflection statement" tab above on the left.