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
To declare, see "Declare" for a copy of the Minor declaration form


Call for Proposals: Global Health Seed Grants - Optional letter of intent requested by March 15; Proposal due April 7

The AHC Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (CGHSR) requests proposals for new international health research projects in locations where the AHC maintains hubs of innovation or is actively exploring opportunities to advance new research and educational opportunities: East Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America/Caribbean. Grants are available to Instructors and Assistant, Associate, and Full Professors at the University of Minnesota from within and beyond the Academic Health Center. Learn more at https://globalhealthcenter.umn.edu/get-funded/seed-grants

Get ready for Global Health Day

Do you have learners participating in global health related research or education activities? Or do you have global health opportunities that you want to tell students about? The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility is accepting student abstracts and requests for table space at Global Health Day. This April 14 University-wide event includes student presentations, a UMN Global Health Showcase, and a Global Health Resource Corner. Learn more at https://globalhealthcenter.umn.edu/GHD.

Global Health Day – Save the Date & Call for Abstracts

Get ready for Global Health Day hosted by the AHC Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility on April 14, 2018. Abstract submissions are now open for student Poster and Oral Presentations. The purpose of these presentations is to celebrate the work of our University of Minnesota global health community and to cultivate an interdisciplinary exchange around global health topics. Poster & Oral Presentations are open to all University of Minnesota students, residents, and fellows and allow students to build valuable professional and communication skills. Presentations can be made individually or in groups.  Learn More.

2018 Community Health Initiative (CHI) Undergraduate Scholarship

The CHI Undergraduate Scholarship, sponsored by the Office for Business & Community Economic Development (BCED) with funding from Medica, supports full-time undergraduate students who are pursuing a health-related career and who show academic promise and financial need. Students must be currently enrolled at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus and must demonstrate maturity, adaptability, and respect for diversity and other cultures. The CHI Undergraduate Scholarship is administered by the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE).


Scholarship recipients must also meet the following requirements:

  • Must be enrolled, degree-seeking undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus pursuing (or on track to pursue) a health-related career (i.e., medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health, social work, and others.)
  • Must have second-year status (30 credits or more) or higher
  • Must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents from a population that is underrepresented or underserved in the health professions and/or have past work/community experiences that demonstrate a commitment to addressing health disparities in underrepresented or underserved populations
  • Must be full-time students (13 credits minimum) 
  • Must submit all requested application documents (see below) including an essay of no more than 500 words about the applicant’s motivations for pursuing a health care career and plans for utilizing their health-related degree to positively impact underrepresented or underserved populations 
  • Must have a completed FAFSA on file and show financial need

      Preference will be given for applicants with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher

Apply online HERE

All parts of your application (including recommendation letters) must be received by the deadline of Monday, April 2, 2018 at 11:59PM (Central Time).

Helpful Links

CLA Career Services
Pre-Health Student Resource Center
Graduate School Information for Public Health
Explore Public Health workshop