Epidemiology Minor

Overview

The 15 credit hour undergraduate minor in Epidemiology focuses on epidemiologic methods and two important content areas of the field: chronic disease epidemiology and infectious disease epidemiology. The minor in Epidemiology will augment and enhance many different undergraduate bachelor degree programs and expands learners’ knowledge and comprehension of issues affecting humans domestically and internationally.

Competencies

• Apply the fundamental principles of biostatistics and epidemiology to domestic and international population issues.
• Develop quantitative awareness of the multiple-scale, and multiple interactions that characterize public health problems.
• Summarize major factors that contribute to human disease and compromised quality of life.
• Analyze and interpret fundamental statistical and epidemiological data.
• Summarize intervention and disease prevention strategies to sustain and improve quality of life.

Students who are interested in pursuing medical school after they complete their undergraduate degree are often interested in population-level research. This minor will provide students with the basic coursework on epidemiologic methods and biostatistics.
Other students who are majoring in a basic science program might find the infectious disease focus of this minor useful to their careers. The two infectious disease epidemiology courses teach students how to determine if an outbreak is present in a community, what to do with infectious disease outbreak information, and what are the important infectious diseases globally. Students who are majoring in a social science or nursing may find the chronic disease epidemiology coursework useful to their careers studying the social determinants of health or providing care for individuals with chronic diseases.

Requirements

The minor in Epidemiology requires a minimum of 15 credit hours of courses plus one prerequisite course in statistics.

Prerequisite (minimum 3 credit hours)
One introductory course in statistics (STAT 1350 or 1450 or equivalent)

Required courses (6 credit hours)
Public Health Epidemiology 2410: Introduction to Epidemiology (3)
Public Health Biostatistics 2210 or 2210H: Biostatistics for Public Health Research (3)

Select one Infectious Disease Epidemiology course (3 credit hours)
Public Health Epidemiology 5411: Outbreak Investigation
Public Health Epidemiology 5412: Infectious Diseases in the Developing World

Select one Chronic Disease Epidemiology course (3 credit hours)
Public Health Epidemiology 5438: Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology
Public Health Epidemiology 4410: Social Epidemiology

Elective (3 credit hours)
A minimum of 3 hours of upper division, approved elective hours. Students can choose from PUBHEPI 4432: Injury: A Public Health Problem,  the infectious disease or chronic disease epidemiology courses listed above or take another course. Students who choose an alternative epidemiology course should consult an academic advisor in the College of Public Health to determine the approved course.

Epidemiology minor requirements

Declaring the Minor:
To declare the minor, students should send an email to cph@cph.osu.edu with the subject line "Declare Epidemiology Minor". Appointments with a Public Health advisor are not needed to declare the minor.

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