Public Health

Requirements & Courses

  • Public Health is an interdisciplinary minor designed to educate students through a broad scientific base of courses, providing fundamental understanding of public health activities.

  • Minor Requirements
    1. Core of 16 credits consisting of IPH 270, 331 and 430; MTH 116.
    2. 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.
    3. A four-credit practicum experience in a public health setting is strongly encouraged.
  • PBH
    *
    385
    .
    Practicum
    4 credits
    Permission
  • IPH
    270
    .
    Community Health
    4 credits
    $30
    Permission
    A 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 Promotion
    4 credits
    Junior Standing
    Provides critical information for planning, implementing, and evaluating health promotion programs in the workplace, schools, community or health care setting.
  • IPH
    *
    430
    .
    Epidemiology
    4 credits
    BIO 121 and Junior Standing, or Permission
    Presents concepts, principles and methods generally used in the surveillance and investigation of heath-related events.
  • MTH
    116
    .
    Elementary Statistics
    4 credits
    MTH 101
    Introduction 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 Communication
    4 credits
    Examines 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.
  • ENV
    105
    .
    Introduction to Environmental Studies
    4 credits
    $40
    Examination of humans and their relationship to the natural environment. Explores current status of environmental problems, controversies and solutions. Laboratory.
  • PHL
    229
    .
    Ethics and Medicine
    4 credits
    Exploration 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.
  • POL
    141
    .
    Introduction to Public Management and Policy Analysis
    4 credits
    Study 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 Institutions
    4 credits
    SOA 101
    Examine 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.