Public Health

Overview | Requirements | Courses | Faculty

Overview

The Public Health minor provides an interdisciplinary approach to developing a strong foundation by employing multiple pedagogical approaches to introduce students to the vast field of public health.  The three (3) required Public Health Minor core courses provide students with an overview of core public health concepts and methodology while helping students to understand the patterns, effects and control of disease.  The two (2) elective course offerings provide exposure to a variety of cross cutting issues in urban and global public health including social justice, ethical, economical and environmental issues. A key goal of the public health minor is to provide students with practical, methodological and community engaged learning opportunities through internships with community partners including non-profit organizations, community clinics, health law organizations, and local county departments of public health.

Requirements

Community and Environment (UEP 203), Epidemiology (BIO 338*), and a course on Statistics (BIO 368* or MATH 146 ) are mandatory.  In addition the two (2) elective course offerings provide exposure to a variety of cross cutting issues in urban and global public health including scientific understanding of disease prevention and treatment, social justice, ethical, and environmental issues.  Each elective course selection must be from a different department. As new courses develop, more options may be added to this list.  Students will be strongly encouraged participate in one or more internship, volunteer, or research opportunities within the field of public health, such as Public Health Practicum(UEP 307**), before they graduate. 

* Prerequisite is one 100-level Biology class
** Prerequisite is UEP 203, which is a core class for the public health minor

Elective classes include:

DWA 249 (Public Health & Human Rights: Global and Local Practices);
DWA 295 (Topics in Diplomacy and World Affairs: Global Public Health);
HIST 274 (Medicine and Disease in Western Society);
HIST 277 (Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Women and Community Health);
KINE 104 (Introduction to Kinesiology);
***KINE 307 (Human Physiology);
***KINE 312 (Diet, Disease, and Exercise);
PHIL 250 (Bioethics);
***PSYC 334 (Health Psychology);
***SOC 320 Health and Illness;
UEP 201 (Environmental Health and Policy);
**UEP 307 (Public Health Practicum).
WRD 275 (Rhetoric in the Health Professions)

** Prerequisite is UEP 203, which is a core class for the public health minor
***Additional departmental prerequisites required

Courses

Public Health Minor

Elective Classes Include

249 - Public Health & Human Rights: Global and Local Practices

This course explores core concepts in global public health, the development of human rights instruments and mechanisms, and the intersecting of these fields in global public health and human rights advocacy. Specifically, we will review public health analysis to human rights problems and vice versa, examining how a rights-based approach to health can inform more critical and more productive approaches to issues such as gender-based violence, HIV/AIDS and other sexual and reproductive health concerns. Finally, this course examines how global public health issues have generated dramatically different responses across and within regions, countries, and communities and launched myriad human rights movements at the international and local levels. Same as UEP 209.

Faculty

Regular Faculty

Scott Bogue, chair

Associate Dean for Research; Professor, Geology

A.B., Brown University; Ph.D., UC Santa Cruz