Public Health Minor

The Public Health minor presents students with a valuable opportunity to augment their

major studies by acquiring an introduction to the domain of public health. Completing

the minor serves as valuable preparation for various career paths, including the health

professions, social work, business, law, psychology, and more.

Required Courses (16 credits)


  • PUBH 1001 Introduction to Public Health (3 credits)


  • BIOL 1105/1115 Human Biology and Health


  • BIOL 2203/2223 The HumanEnvironment (4 credits)


  • Math 1133 Applied Statistics (3 credits)


  • SOCI 1200 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)


  • PSYCH 2210 (3 credits)


  • COMM 1105 Intercultural Communication (3 credits)


  • PHIL 1103 Ethics (3 credits)


  • NURS 3209 Bioethics (3 credits)


  • BIOL 4405 Science and Ethics (3 credits)


  • SOCI 2951 Sociology of Health and Illness (3 credits)

Course Descriptions

  • BIOL1105 Includes interaction with the biological, chemical and physical topics, population growth, technological change, resource availability and pollution problems.

  • BIOL2203 Study of organ systems of the human body. Cells, tissues, integumentary system, skeletal system, articulations,muscular systems, nervous system, special senses. Required of students in the nursing program.

  • BIOL4405 Studies relating the ethical application of advances in sciences to humans, other living organisims, ecosystems, and the planet.

  • COMM1105 Focuses on cultures and subcultures as well as their impact on perception, communication and behavior. Explores similarities and differences between cultures and barriers to intercultural communication. Examines principles of and skills in effective communicating and intercultural settings.

  • NURS3209 An interdisciplinary exploration of ethical issues in today's health care practice with particular emphasis on the role of the professional in ethical decision making. Topics include: values clarification, ethical theories and principles, human subjects in research, informed consent, advance directives, euthanasia, and physican assisted suicide. Work assignments include case analysis using ethical decision-making models. Prerequisite: Nurs 3300, Nurs 3310, or Baccalaureate degree or permission of nursing faculty.

  • PHIL1103 Principles and methods used to evaluate actions as right or wrong; attempts to give justifications for the decision that one should or should not do something; treatment of ideas such as reponsibility, freedom and character.

  • SOCI2951 This course will analyze sociological approaches to health and illness both domestically and globally. During the semester we will investigate topics such as the social distribution of illness: health disparities across axis of inequality such as race/class/gender/nationality; global comparisons in the health of populations; the social construction of illness; the history and structure of health care systems and institutions; and various historical and contemporary health care debates. The class aims to provide students with the ability to think critically about health and illness and issues of responsibility and social justice.