Public Health


Training effective advocates for healthy and safe communities.

Understand how the science and practice of public health promotes and protects the health of people and communities.

What you’ll study

This minor is open to all majors, whether you want to become more knowledgeable in the social and behavioral sciences or in the health sciences and medicine. You’ll learn how public health research informs individual and community preparedness for public disasters and health emergencies. You’ll gain practical skills, including how to research public health topics and analyze epidemiological data. Selecting topics of interest from a wide range of courses, you’ll learn the value of multicultural perspectives in collaborations across diverse communities which can produce versatile health solutions.

Prepare for a career in health

To better serve diverse populations, employers and graduate schools value students who bring public health perspectives to their work. Students who are passionate about a future career in the health sciences but unable to double major in a social science or humanities will gain relevant experiences. With the MCAT’s 2015 inclusion of sociology and psychology, the public health minor better prepares not only future physicians but all professionals who seek to provide health care or shape health policy and practices. There are a variety of careers available with a public health education, including public health care providers, medical scientists, social workers, epidemiologists and public policymakers.

Public health impacts every aspect of people’s lives and is relevant to many areas of academic study and career paths. For example, students who are interested in a career in the medical field will be able to view patients as whole human beings whose health is impacted by factors such as socioeconomic status and the environment in which they live, work and play. A minor in public health not only makes students more marketable to employers and graduate programs, it also enriches their understanding of the role that public health plays in their own lives.

Jennie Torti MPH '08
Instructor of Public Health

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