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Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health

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Doctoral Minor in Public Health

The IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health offers a PhD minor in Public Health that provides students with a foundation in the concepts, principles and practice of public health. People who possess these specialized skills are in high demand because of the population health perspective they can contribute to many doctoral-level research projects.

The doctoral minor in Public Health is a rigorous, highly focused 12-credit hour minor that serves as a useful complement to many major areas of study. You will learn both theoretical concepts and how to apply them. By completing this minor, you will be able to:

  • Use biostatistical methods to analyze and report public health data
  • Specify approaches to assess, prevent, and control environmental and occupational hazards to human health and safety
  • Use epidemiologic methods to collect, study, analyze, and report the patterns of disease in human populations for diverse audiences
  • Identify and analyze the components and issues of leadership, including financing and delivery of public health services and systems
  • Apply policy process, development, and analysis methods to address current national, state, and local public health issues
  • Identify social and behavioral sciences factors, theories, and models, and develop, implement, and evaluate interventions designed to positively affect health behaviors in populations
  • Collect and disseminate public health data through the use of technology and media
  • Explain how human biology influences health and public health practice
  • Exhibit high standards of personal and organizational integrity, compassion, honesty, and respect for all people
  • Use systems methods to analyze the effects of political, social, and economic influences on public health systems at the individual, community, state, national, and international levels
  • Demonstrate the impact of diversity and culture on public health across discipline areas
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of public health data

This minor is ideal for students from many schools, including the IU schools of Nursing, Dentistry, Medicine, Physical Education and Recreation, Health Rehabilitative Sciences, Law, and Public and Environmental Affairs.

Students who wish to obtain a doctoral minor from the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health must earn a grade of “B” or better in the coursework for the minor. Courses in which a grade of “B-” or lower is earned will not apply toward completion of the minor.

Required Courses

  • PBHL S500 Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (3 credits)
  • PBHL H501 U.S. Health Care Systems and Health Policy (3 credits)
  • PBHL E517 Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • PBHL A519 Environmental Science in Public Health (3 credits)

Other courses may be taken if approved by the student’s minor advisor. Students who have already completed any of the required courses as part of their MPH or PhD requirements may not apply those courses toward their minor in Public Health and must instead work with their faculty advisor to identify alternate courses.

The student’s minor advisor will monitor satisfactory completion of the requirements for the doctoral minor in Public Health. Doctoral students must notify the Fairbanks School of Public Health before beginning their course of study for the minor.

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