Protecting the public’s health requires us to address challenges that are influenced as much by individual and social behavior as they are the sciences. Biology, the environment, social and political systems, and technology intersect to describe the methods of protecting the health and well-being of the population. Public health minors are engaged advocates for creating a healthier world; they are physical and social scientists of public health.

The public health minor is a collaboration between the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Public Health. It is open to any University of Minnesota undergraduate student who wishes to gain an understanding of the language, concepts, and methods of addressing population-level health challenges.

Why minor in public health?

A public health minor will improve your understanding about how local, regional, national, and international issues shape knowledge systems and social practices around health and well-being. In addition, the minor can enhance your application or resume for professional programs, graduate school, or future jobs.

There are also many extracurricular opportunities open to public health minors. Explore various learning abroad options, the Undergraduate Public Health Association, or volunteering opportunities.

Whether you want to explore a potential career in public health or simply supplement your major degree program, the undergraduate public health minor will strengthen your future in any field—from a health profession to law, political science, urban planning, ethnic studies, and beyond.


Public Health Minor Resources

PDF iconPre-application advising presentation
PDF iconPublic health minor planning form
PDF iconSummer and Fall 2016 Courses
Minor requirements (University Catalog)



Enviormental Justice, Science, and Democracy Forum

The Environmental Justice and Science Initiative (EJSI) and the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists (CSD) are holding a three-day forum in St. Paul, Minnesota, to explore the opportunities and challenges faced by EJ activists working with scientists and scientific institutions.The forum will open with an educational event on Thursday evening, September 22, that is open to the public. Attendees will learn from a panel of community activists, scientists, and policymakers, and will have an opportunity to join the conversation.  More information can be found here.

St. Paul Union Depot, 214 4th St. E., St. Paul, MN
Thursday, September 22, 2016


Helpful Links

CLA Career Services
Health Careers Center
Graduate School Information for Public Health
Explore Public Health workshop