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
See "Declare" for a copy of the Minor declaration form
Spring classes
Minor requirements (University Catalog)


Global Health Day – Speakers Announced and Submission Deadlines Extended

The 2016 Global Health Day theme is Global Partnerships through Research and will feature the AHC Uganda Hub.  The keynote address will be given by Cecily Banura from the Makerere University College of Health Sciences with a talk titled “Cancer and human papillomavirus: Tackling the sexually transmitted epidemic in Uganda”.  A panel discussion will be moderated by Paul Bohjanen from the Medical School, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine. Panelists include Susan Craddock of the Center for Bioethics, Institute for Global Studies, and Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; Nicole Basta of the School of Public Health.  Additionally, the submission deadline for poster abstracts and photos has been extended to November 7.  Global Health Day is November 15 from 10:30 to 1:00 pm at Coffman Memorial Union. Learn more and RSVP at http://globalhealthcenter.umn.edu/ghd

Global Health Day: Global Partnerships through Research – Nov 15

Join us for this opportunity to exchange knowledge across disciplines and make connections. 2016 Global Health Day will feature the Academic Health Center Uganda Hub with keynote presentation, panel discussion, and student poster session.  November 15, 10:30 to 1:00 pm, Coffman Memorial Union. Learn more and RSVP at http://globalhealthcenter.umn.edu/ghd

Helpful Links

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