Public Health Minor

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 (e.g., biology, chemistry, biochemistry, sociology, psychology, environmental studies, global studies, and liberal studies or students pursuing nursing, the pre-med track, or allied health professions). A minor in public health will help students in these majors understand the application of their major in the betterment of environmental and public health.

The public health minor uses a foundation of policy, administration, environmental health, community health, and epidemiology for comparing and contrasting local and global public health issues and prepare 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; the role of population, poverty, and pollution on the well-being of populations; and 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 (two core and three electives). Electives should be selected in consultation with a Public Health faculty member. Please contact mph@uis.edu.

Required Core Courses
MPH 222 Global Public Health: Population, Poverty and Pollution 3
MPH 224 Epidemiology – Science of Disease Discovery 3
Select three of the following, or a minimum of 9 hours 9
Environmental Facts and Fictions: The Mystery Genre
Global Environmental Health
ECCE: Addiction
Monsters, Medicine, and Myths
Human Well Being 1
Chemicals and the Citizen
Emerging Diseases 1
ECCE: Crisis in Environmental Health
Total Hours 15