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


Minnesota Public Health Association Event - December 5th, 5:30 to 7:00 PM at the Pinwheel Arts and Movement Studio

MPHey! (pronounced MPH-hey!) is an opportunity for public health professionals and students to build meaningful connections with others in the field, grow their skills and knowledge, and celebrate the expertise and work being done in our communities. Part networking, part peer to peer learning, each month it will explore a different topic or area of public health. We’ll always have time for mingling and to also hear from someone with experience in that area.
Each time we focus on a different theme.

This upcoming event focuses on "Public Health Research and You." Because research is integral to the work we do, this event will explore the questions: How do we work with research? What does it mean to us and how can it contribute to the public health change we are working towards?  Our featured expert is Michael Oakes, Professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and Director of the RWJF Interdisciplinary Research Leaders program.


We'll be meeting at the Pinwheel Arts & Movement Studio (2731 East 25th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406)

Snacks will be provided. MPHey! is free to MPHA members and $5 for non-members. To register visit our website: https://www.mpha.net/event-3110170 


Questions?  Visit https://www.mpha.net/contact-us

Helpful Links

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