After successful completion of this program, students will be able to recognize the spectrum of global health challenges and exercise intellectual and practical skills in response. They will have the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to develop an appreciation of health and disease prevention at the population level. Students will be able use this special knowledge to transform the experience of their major education into innovative approaches for solving problems in health care and assessment.
Students who complete the minor in Public Health will be able to apply skills from their major area of study to problems in public health in the fields of health communications, health informatics, health administration, community health programs, and health education, to name a few. By completing this program, students will also have begun the development of the core competencies for interprofessional practice in the health professions, thus strengthening their candidacy for professional schools. and will also be strong candidates for accredited MPH programs.
In this minor, students will be introduced to public health concepts and practice. They will learn about the roles of public health, disease control, health promotion, and health care delivery systems and will learn how to use basic tools of epidemiology in evidence-based public health practice. They will apply public health principles in both developed and developing countries to understand the links between health and economic and social development. Finally, students will learn how to apply public health concepts to their major area of study by working with a community partner on a project in a relevant area of public health.