Public Health is an interdisciplinary minor designed to educate students through a broad scientific base of courses, providing fundamental understanding of public health activities.
- Core of 16 credits consisting of IPH 270, 331 and 430; MTH 116.
- Two courses from the following: COM 243, ENV 105, PHL 229, POL 141 and SOA 234; other elective courses as approved by the program coordinator.
- A four-credit practicum experience in a public health setting is strongly encouraged.
- PBH*385.Practicum4 creditsPermission
- IPH270.Community Health4 credits$30PermissionA direct application class which provides hands-on experience gathering, entering, analyzing and interpreting actual health data. Students spend two weeks conducting Heart Fairs in eight local school districts with sixth-grade children. During the Heart Fairs, the children are educated and assessed on various heart disease risk factors.
- IPH*331.Health Promotion4 creditsJunior StandingProvides critical information for planning, implementing, and evaluating health promotion programs in the workplace, schools, community or health care setting.
- IPH*430.Epidemiology4 creditsBIO 121 and Junior Standing, or PermissionPresents concepts, principles and methods generally used in the surveillance and investigation of heath-related events.
- MTH116.Elementary Statistics4 creditsMTH 101Introduction to modern elementary statistics and applications. Focuses on statistical reasoning and data analysis. Includes statistical design of experiments, estimation, hypothesis testing, regression, correlation and other selected topics.
- COM*243.Health Communication4 creditsExamines communication practices in health care relationships and organizations. Topics include effective provider-patient interaction, communication relationships in health organizations, rhetorical and media strategies for managing health issues, and the uses of new communication technologies to promote health and manage health information.
- ENV105.Introduction to Environmental Studies4 credits$40Examination of humans and their relationship to the natural environment. Explores current status of environmental problems, controversies and solutions. Laboratory.
- PHL229.Ethics and Medicine4 creditsExploration of nature of moral values, moral judgments and ethical decisions. Analysis of selected issues in medicine and other health fields. Test cases used for practice in decision-making. Especially pertinent for those planning careers in health professions, but designed for all interested students.
- POL141.Introduction to Public Management and Policy Analysis4 creditsStudy of leadership and administration in public organization, including relationship between bureaucracy and the executive, judicial and legislative branches; development of organizational theory; policy-making and implementation process; bureaucratic ethics; and reconciliation of democracy and bureaucracy. Recommended for those considering careers in public service or jobs affected by public policy.
- SOA*234.Aging and Health Institutions4 creditsSOA 101Examine key concepts, main theories and important substantive issues related to aging and health institutions from a sociological perspective. Among the central issues explored are gender and racial differences in aging, ethnic minorities and institutions connected to aging and public policy.