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)


Global Health Day – Save the Date and Call for Posters

The 2016 Global Health Day will be held on November 15, from 10:30 am until 1:00 pm. Global Health Day provides an opportunity for those engaged in global health to come together, exchange knowledge across disciplines, and make connections. The keynote and panel will highlight the Uganda Hub. The Poster Session is open to all University of Minnesota students, residents, and fellows with abstract submissions due on October 31st. Submissions to the Photo Contest, which is open to all University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff, will be accepted until October 31. Learn more about Global Health Day.

Helpful Links

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