Courses & Requirements

The public health minor consists of:

  1. Two courses (4-6 credits) of introduction to the discipline​
    • *Note: taking PUBH 3004 as one of your two introductory courses also satisfies the 2-credit Applying Public Health Theory requirement below
  2. Six or more credits from the Understanding Health Issues From Varying Social Scientific Contexts subcategory
  3. Two or more credits from the Applying Public Health Theory subcategory (*if not fulfilled by taking PUBH 3004)
  4. One course (two credits) from the Global Impact subcategory​
    • Note: each course in the subcategory has a prerequisite introductory course.
University Catalog for a full list of courses and requirements.

Currently offered courses

Click below to view a list of current and upcoming course offerings.

Fall 2016

Section 1: Introduction to the Discipline

Subsection A: One course from this Subsection
PUBH 3001 (2): Personal and Community Health: M, W 12:20–01:10 p.m.
PUBH 3004 (4)**: Basic Concepts in Personal and Community Health: M, Tu, W, Th 12:20–01:10 p.m.
PUBH 3202 (2): What is Public Health?: Completely online

Subsection B: One course from this Subsection
PUBH 3106 (2): Making Sense of Health Studies: Th 12:20 - 02:15 p.m.
PUBH 3350 (2): Epidemiology: Th 03:35–05:30 p.m.

Section 2: Understanding Health Issues from Varying Social Scientific Contexts

AFRO 4231 (3): Color of Public Policy: African Americans, Am Indians, Asian Americans & Chicanos: M 4:00-6:30 p.m.
CNES 3535 (3): Death and the AFterlife in the Ancient World: M, W 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m; request APAS update for CNES 5535
CSCL 3456W (3): Sexuality and Culture— Two lecture options: T, Th 9:45-11:00 p.m. or 6:20-7:35 p.m.
CSCL 3458W (3): The Body & the Politics of Representation— Two lecture options: M, W 9:45-11:00 p.m. or 4:00-5:15 p.m.
ECON 5890 (3): Economics of the Health-care System: Tu, Th 9:45-11:00 a.m.; see pre-reqs
GEOG 3381W (4): Population in an Interacting World: M, W 1:00-2:15 p.m.
GWSS 3203W (3): Blood, Bodies, and Science: T, Th 2:30-3:45 p.m.
JOUR 5541 (3): Mass Communication and Public Health: T, Th 9:45-11:00 a.m.
PHIL 3305 (4): Medical Ethics: M, F 9:30-11:00 a.m.
PSY 3206 (3): Introduction to Health Psychology: M, W 1:00-2:15 p.m. (pre-req PSY 1001)
SOC 3090: Topics in Sociology—A Human Right to Health Care in Europe and the US: M, W 9:45-11:00 a.m.
SOC 3501 (3): Sociology of Families: M 5:30-8:00 p.m.
SOC 3511 (3): World Population Problems: M, W 2:30-3:45 p.m.

Section 3: Applying Public Health Theory

PUBH 3003 (2): Fundamentals of Alcohol and Drug Abuse: Tu, Th 12:20–01:10 p.m.
PUBH 3010 (2): Public Health Approaches to HIV/AIDS: M, W 10:10-11:00 a.m.
PUBH 3040 (2): Dying and Death in contemporary Society: Implications for Intervention: Online & Distance Learning
PUBH 3102 (3): Issues in Environmental and Occupational Health: Completely online, email for a permission number
PUBH 3315 (2): Clinical Research from Lab to Bedside to Populations: M 1:25-3:20 p.m.
PUBH 3415 (3): Introduction to Clinical Trials: Completely Online (see pre-reqs)
PUBH 3802 (3): Health and Human Rights: W 5:45-8:30 p.m.
PUBH 3905 (2): Nutrition for Public Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: M 3:35-5:30 p.m.
PUBH 3940 (1): Concepts and Controversies in Public Health Nutrition and Health Promotion: time not listed
PUBH 3950 (2): From Kid to Community: Personal, Social, and Environmental Influences on Youth Obesity: completely online

Section 4: Global Impact

PUBH 3107 (2): Global Public Health and the Environment: T 3:35-5:30 p.m.

**PUBH 3004 is a 4-credit course that combines PUBH 3001 and PUBH 3003. Taking PUBH 3004 satisfies half of the ‘Introduction to the Discipline” sub requirement and the full ‘Applying Public Health Theory’ sub-requirement.


How to Declare

Please include Student ID and major or college when contacting your advisor.
General questions may be directed to

  1. View this PDF iconslideshow presentation
  2. Fill out the PDF iconPublic Health Minor Planning Form
    • Fill in any courses you may have already taken
    • Write the code from the slideshow presentation on the form
  3. Bring the completed form to a drop-in appointment with your designated CLA Public Health Minor Advisor* to officially declare the minor (drop-in hours listed below)

*Contact Geography, Environment & Society Advising at if you are a:

  • Biology, Society, & Environment (BSE) major
  • Geography major
  • Physiology major
  • CBS, CFANS, CSE, or Nursing student

*Contact Sociology Advising ( Bobby Bryant or Sunny Vang)
909 Social Sciences Building if you are a:

  • CLA student (except BSE, Geography, and Physiology)
  • student from another college not listed above
  • Inter-College Program (ICP) or Bachelors of Individualized Study (BIS) student

Drop-in Advising Hours

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