Undergraduate Academic Programs


Health, Identity, and Social Justice

Description of Program


This minor is designed for students who want to attain a deeper level of cultural competency, and it is an excellent option across all disciplines.  Moreover, this content is particularly applicable to those pursuing careers in public health, health policy, non-profit administration, pre-medicine, social work, gender and ethnic studies, bioethics, education, informatics, counseling, and criminal justice.  Students who complete this minor will:

  1. Attain the knowledge in cultural awareness
  2. Become an advocate for historically marginalized, minoritized, and underserved populations
  3. Incorporate social justice into practice

Students wanting to declare this minor may do so in one of two ways:

Students are responsible for checking with their degree-granting schools/units to determine whether or not this minor may be officially recorded on their transcripts.

Students considering this minor may contact:

School of Public Health-Bloomington
Applied Health Science
Maresa Murray
1025 E. Seventh Street, RM 116
Bloomington, IN 47405-7109


This undergraduate minor program is intended for students in Indiana University baccalaureate degree programs. This minor requires:

  • successful completion of 18 credit hours prescribed below.
  • a minimum grade of C- in each course used in the minor.
  • a minimum cumulative minor GPA of 2.0.

Note: No course in this minor may be taken under the Pass/Fail Option.

18 Credit Hours Minor Requirements and Courses

(Includes 3 Courses at the 300-level or Above for Minor Transcription)


Core Courses

Complete each of the following courses for a total of 15 credit hours.

  • SPH-F 417 African American and Latino Families (3 cr.)  
  •  SPH E 451 Ethics and Exploitation: Medical Mistrust and Mistreatment in Public Health (Special Topic in Epidemiology) (3 cr.) 
  • SPH-R 210 Inclusion in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism* (3 cr.) 
  • SPH-M 304 Diversity and Inclusion in Sport Management: Sport Industry Studies (3 cr.)
  • SPH-V 360 Environmental Justice and the Anthropocene (3 cr.)

Minor Electives

Complete one of the following courses:

  • SPH-B 310 Health Care in Diverse Communities (3 cr.) (Honors Credit Available). 
  • SPH-B 335 Aging, Health, and Diverse Populations (3 cr.) 
  • LATS-CJUS-P 245 Social Justice and the Justice System (3 cr.) 

  • CJUS-P 318 Gender, Crime, and Justice: A Global Perspective (3 cr.) 
  • CJUS-P 406 Unequal Justice (3 cr.) 
  • CJUS-P 458 Wrongful Conviction (3 cr.) 
  • REL-C 325 Race, Religion, and Ethnicity in the Americas (3 cr.) 
  • REL-C 402 Religion, Illness, and Healing (3 cr.) 
  • REL-D 340 Religion and Bioethics (3 cr.) 
  • REL-D 399 Gender, Sex, Bodies, and Religion (3 cr.) 
  • SOC-S 358 Social Inequalities in Health and Health Care (3 cr.) 

A 300 or 400-level public health-related course (3 cr.) will be accepted with the approval of the student’s SPH-Bloomington Department Undergraduate Director or Academic Advisor.

 Exceptions to minor requirements may be made with the approval of the department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the School of Public Health.


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