Public Health Minor

UIS Undergraduate Minor in Public Health

A minor in Public Health is designed for students who wish to develop an introductory awareness and preparation for dealing with critical local, state, national and global issues important to improving population health. Because public health practice requires a foundation in the social and natural sciences, a minor in public health pairs well with a number of the undergraduate majors at UIS including biology, chemistry, sociology, psychology, global studies, and liberal studies.  A minor in public health will help students in these majors understand the application of their major in betterment of environmental and public health.

The public health minor uses a foundation of policy, administration, environmental health and epidemiology for comparing and contrasting local and global crises in public health, and prepares the student for advanced study in program development and intervention. Students completing the minor in Public Health will be able to:

  • understand the basic principles of public health; assessment, policy development, and assurance;
  • evaluate the role of population, poverty, and pollution on the well-being of populations, and
  • apply methods for studying disease occurrence and patterns in populations.

To earn an undergraduate minor in Public Health, students must complete a minimum of 15 hours in public health courses (2 core and 3 electives).  Electives should be selected in consultation with a Public Health faculty member.


Core Courses (required):

MPH 222 Global Public Health-Population, Poverty, and Pollution
3 credit hours
MPH 224 Epidemiology: Science of Disease Discovery
3 credit hours


Electives (select 3)

MPH 221 ECCE Environmental Facts and Fictions* 3 credit hours
MPH 301 Global Environmental Health 3 credit hours
MPH 401 Introduction to US HealthCare System 4 credit hours
MPH 402 Food and Health 4 credit hours
MPH 408 (ECCE) Addictions 4 credit hours
MPH 438 ECCE Monsters, Medicine & Myths 4 credit hours
MPH 441 Human Well-Being 3 credit hours UG/4 credit hours Grad
MPH 450 ECCE Chemicals & Citizen 4 credit hours
MPH 471 ECCE Emerging Diseases 3 credit hours UG/4 credit hours Grad
MPH 478 ECCE Crisis in Environmental Health 4 credit hours
MPH 484 Air Policy 4 credit hours
MPH 486 Solid & Hazardous Waste Policy 4 credit hours

*Students may count either MPH 221 or MPH 438 toward the minor in Public Health, but not both.