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 may count toward both your major(s) and minor.
  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 is required for transfer.

Courses for Public Health Minor

1.Fundamentals of Public Health                                                       1 unit

BIOL 3057. Introduction to Public Health
GS 102 HLTH. Global Public Health. Critical Approaches
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
SOC 300. Qualitative Research Methods
SOC 301. Quantitative Research Methods
STAT 213. Applied Regression Analysis

3. Electives                                                                                             3 units

ANTH 3020. Plagues and Peoples
ANTH 242. Dealing with the Dead
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
ECON 336. Economic Development
ENVS 3033. Environmental Epidemiology
ENVS 231. Health Effects of Pollution
GOVT 327. Politics of Development and Underdevelopment 
GNDR-3017 Global Advocate Wm’s Sexual Health
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
PCA 370. Against Health. Rhetoric & the Health Humanities
PHIL 4007. Bioethics w/ CBL
PSYC 256. Health Psychology
PSYC 317. Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 318. Environmental Psychology
PSYC 322. Positive Psychology
PSYC 413. Community Psychology (CBL)
PSYC 456. Health Psychology
SOC 225. Women’s Health and Aging
SOC 227. Kenya. Healthcare Delivery in a Developing Country
SOC 246. What’s so Bad about Aging (w/ CBL)
SOC 253. Race, Class and Environmental Justice
SOC 268. Sustainable Development
SOC 269. Population and Natural Resources
SPAN 3xxx. Intensive Spanish in Nicaragua w/ Medical Spanish & Hospital Internship Option
SSES 248. Principles of Health and Wellness
SSES 366. Obesogenic Society

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

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
  • 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.

Minors should consult with their advisor or the Public Health Program Coordinator about which option(s) will best suit their interests and complement their coursework. To complete and document the ELC, students must give a public presentation in which they describe and reflect on their experience at an approved venue such as the Festival of Scholarship and Creativity, Festival of Science, or a professional conference.  In addition, students must submit a one page statement chronicling their experience and how it meets their personal goals as well as those of the minor to their public health advisor. This presentation and statement must be completed the semester following completion of the experience or, if completed as a senior, prior to graduation.

Final Reflection Statement

At the completion of the minor, students must submit a one page reflection statement. The statement should highlight connections between courses they have taken for the minor. The statement may also include references to other courses or experiences especially if the public health curriculum altered or informed the students inquiry in other areas of study.  This must be submitted to the Public Health Program Coordinator in order to earn the minor.