Minor in Public Health

The Public Health Minor has been designed for students looking for an introduction to the field and its disciplines. It offers a complementary curriculum for students who are on a pre-medical track or those majoring in fields that incorporate a health focus, such as environmental sciences or policy. The coursework for the minor offers exposure to the concepts and applications of public health in a variety of the specific disciplines which make up the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.


The Public Health Minor requires a minimum of 18 credits in undergraduate public health courses. View the course catalog for more information on requirements.

Required Courses (9 credits)

  • SPHU 1010 - Introduction to Public Health
  • SPHU 1020 - The Cell, The Individual, and The Community
  • SPHU 3170 - Foundations in Epidemiology

Elective Courses (9 credits)

Students choose any three (3) additional public health courses for nine (9) additional credits. Any course with an SPHU prefix (ex., SPHU 3010, SPHU 4210, SPHU 4560, etc.) will count as an elective. One study abroad public health course can count towards this requirement with approval by faculty or the program director. See the BSPH Degree page for a list of electives.

Please note the following before declaring the Public Health Minor:

  • Student must be in good academic standing with an overall GPA of 2.0 or better.
  • All minor courses must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Completion of the minor requires a GPA of 2.0 or better in all classes taken for credit towards the minor.
  • Public health electives must be taught by public health faculty (courses with the SPHU prefix). Courses from other departments, programs, or transfer credits are not accepted for the minor.