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Public Health Minor

The Global Public Health cross-school minor provides students with an introduction thinking about health issues across populations, and allows students to explore the interdisciplinary nature of the field. Students completing the minor enroll in two core courses, then select two electives from the list below to reflect their interest in the field.  NOTE: Please be aware that students may not count a course towards both the Public Health minor and their major degree requirements.

Required courses:


UGPH-GU 10 Health and Society in a Global Context Fall
This course examines social, behavioral and cultural factors that have an impact on public health in community, national and global contexts. We will consider how health is influenced by factors such as age, gender, culture, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, and social class. Public health problems and their solutions will be analyzed in light of individual risk factors as well as larger structural forces.
UGPH-GU 30 Epidemiology for Global Health Fall
Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health and illness in human populations worldwide. The overall objective of this course is to introduce students to the history, principles, and methods of epidemiology in a global context. Students will also examine epidemiological theories, analytic approaches, and tools from a global health perspective. Finally, students will develop the necessary skills to critically read, interpret, and appraise published epidemiological studies and to locate, use, evaluate, and synthesize information from mass media sources.

Please note that the following courses may NOT be counted towards the minor:

UGPH-GU 20 Biostatistics for Public Health Fall
This course introduces basic concepts and techniques in the analysis of public health data. It is an applied course, emphasizing use, interpretation and limits of statistical analysis. Real world examples are used as illustrations, and computer-based data analysis is integrated into the course.
UGPH-GU 40 Health Policy in a Global World Fall
This course introduces students to key concepts in health policy formation, implementation and evaluation in a global context. Using a comparative lens, students explore organization, financing and delivery of health care services and health systems around the world. We examine the role of governmental and non-governmental agencies in delivering care and contributing to a health care infrastructure using case studies and other materials in a comparative approach. Key lessons in the implementation of new health policies and initiatives are explored across the developing world, as well as in a US as students explore health system performance, the quality and cost of care, the management of health care services, the process of health improvement and health reform. The course will use a multidisciplinary approach that employs sociological, political, economics, and ethical perspectives. The objective is to build an understanding of the fundamental ideas, issues, and problems currently debated in global health policy and management and to provide a foundation for future studies and careers in the global health field. Epidemiology in a Global World and Health and Society in a Global Context are recommended but not required pre-requisites for the course.
UGPH-GU 50 Environmental Health in a Global World Fall
This course will examine some of the key issues and principles of environmental health practice. It will focus on the how environmental health issues are defined and approached by civic groups, governmental officials and researchers. It will highlight how environmental threats come to the attention of the public and weigh the options for addressing these threats. Finally, it will underscore the need for multi-disciplinary approaches in understanding these threats and crafting solutions. We will focus on prevention of environmentally mediated diseases and discuss challenges to effective prevention.

Choose two courses from the following list:

Anthropology (CAS)
ANTH-UA 35 Medical Anthropology
ANTH-UA 36 Global Biocultures

Applied Psychology (Steinhardt)
APSY-UE 1272 Adolescent Development
APSY-UE 1081 Psychosexual Aspects of Human Behavior
APSY-UE 1041 Women and Mental Health: A Lifecycle Perspective
APSY-UE 1110 Sexual identities across the Lifespan
APSY-YE 1038 Abnormal Psychology

Biology (CAS)
BIOL-UA 30 Genetics
BIOL-UA 31 At the Bench: Laboratory in Genetics
BIOL-UA 38 Genome Biology
BIOL-UA 45 Quantitative Methods in Human Genetics
BIOL-UA 44 Microbiology and Microbial Genomics
BIOL-UA 50 Immunology
BIOL-UA 70 At the Bench: Microbiology
BIOL-UA 1023 Hot Topics in Infectious Diseases
BIOL-GA 1080 Animal Virology
BIOL-UA 64 Ecological Analysis with GIS
BIOL-UA 1066 Toxicology

Global Public Health (GPH)
UGPH-GU 35 Behavioral Risk-Taking in the Global Context
UGPH-GU 45 Controversies & Debates
UGPH-GU 65 Public Health Approaches to STIs
UGPH-GU 90 Public Health Entrepreneurial Ventures

History (CAS)
HIST-UA 743 Power and Poverty
HIST-UA 202 History of Western Medicine
HIST-UA 293 Global Medicine & Medicine: The Challenges We Face

Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health (Steinhardt)
PUHE-UE 1315 Introduction to Public Health Nutrition
PUHE-UE 1321 Principles of Health Promotion
PUHE-UE 1310 Introduction to Global Health
NUTR-UE 1209 Community Nutrition
NUTR-UE 1187 International Nutrition
FOOD-UE 1033 Food Systems: Food and Agriculture in the Twentieth Century
NUTR-UE 9187 Global Nutrition: The African Perspective [offered in Accra, Ghana]

Philosophy (CAS)
PHIL-UA 50, Medical Ethics

Public Policy (Wagner)
PHIL-UA 50, Medical Ethics (4 credits)
UPADM-GP 230 Medical Care and Health: Comparative Perspectives
UPADM-GP 232 Global Health: Policies, Politics and Institutions 
UPADM-GP 236 Topics in Health: Policy, Politics and Power

Social Work (Social Work)
UNDSW-US 0082 Global Poverty

Sociology (CAS)
SOC-UA 139 The American Ghetto
SOC-UA 451 The Family
SOC-UA 135 Race and Ethnicity 

Ready to Minor in Global Public Health?

If you want to incorporate a public health perspective to your chosen major to enhance both your education and your marketability to employers and graduate schools, you can learn how to apply for the GPH minor here under the “Minor Application” section.