Global Public Health Minor

Public health is an exciting field that concentrates on assuring and improving population health, and protecting against threats to health. Public health covers a broad range of disciplines and issues, including such topics as environmental pollution, access to health insurance, avian influenza, bioterrorism, and obesity. The minor can serve as a precursor to further study in public health, other health professions, or any fields in which the health of persons and populations is a relevant concern. In addition, public health is of interest for its own sake, as a component of a rigorous liberal arts education.

Global Public Health minor overview

The minor in Global Public Health focuses on health issues affecting populations in the United States and low- to middle-economic status countries worldwide.

Students complete courses that provide content relative to presenting and discussing the type and scope of public health issues, factors that contribute to existing and emerging issues, and applicable approaches to address and intervene. The program will augment and enhance many different undergraduate bachelor degree programs and expands learners’ knowledge and comprehension of issues affecting humans domestically and internationally.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the undergraduate minor in Global Public Health, students will be better prepared to:

  • Compare and contrast examples of major domestic and international public health issues
  • Discuss various global approaches/strategies for identification, response and intervention to address and attempt to resolve common public health issues
  • Identify political, cultural, behavioral and socio-economic factors related to global public health issues
  • Work effectively in international settings
  • Adapt to diverse cultures, perceptions and approaches
  • Discuss major currents of global change and issues they raise
  • Communicate across cultural and linguistic boundaries
  • Comprehend the international dimension of one's field of study.


Minimum credit hours: 15


Required courses (15 credits)
Course number Course name Credits
PUBHLTH 2010 Critical Issues in Global Public Health 3 credits
PUBHEPI 2410 Epidemiology in Public Health 3 credits
PUBHEHS 3310 Current Issues in Global Environmental Health 3 credits
PUBHHBP 3510 The Role of Behavior in Public Health 3 credits
PUBHHMP 3610 U.S. and International Health Care 3 credits

Global Public Health minor requirements

Declaring the Global Public Health minor

The minor may be approved by the student's College/School Advising Office in the Student Information System which will then appear on the student's Degree Audit Report. The minor should be declared as soon as possible; however it must be declared by the time the student applies for graduation.