Undergraduate Academic Programs


Health Studies

Description of Program

There is a growing need for professionals with training in health and public health. Six of the ten fastest-growing occupations are in health-related fields, according to The Department of Labor Statistics. Students earning this minor will be prepared contribute to the workforce dedicated to improving health and health outcomes, addressing disparities, and achieving health equity for all. The flexible curriculum allows for students to customize the Health Studies minor to achieve personal and professional goals.


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 schedule an appointment with an SPH-B academic advisor.

School of Public Health-Bloomington
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1025 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-7109

This undergraduate minor program is intended for students in degree programs other than the B.S. in Public Health degree program, who wish to add a health studies specialty to their studies. This minor requires:

  • successful completion of 15 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.

Health Studies Core Courses (6 cr.)
Complete each of the following courses:

  • SPH-H 263 Personal Health (3 cr.) +S&H
  • SPH-H 319 Global Health Promotion (3 cr.)

Health Studies Electives at the 300/400-Level (6 cr.)
Compete a minimum of 6 credits from the following courses. It is recommended, but not required, that both 300/400 elective courses be completed in one of the following concentrations.

Family Health

  • SPH-B 315 Health in the Later Years (3 cr.)
  • SPH-F 341 Today's Families: Understanding Change in Family Dynamics (3 cr.)
  • SPH-F 345 Parents, Parenting, and Children (3 cr.)

Health Epidemics

  • SPH-H 318 Drug Use in American Society (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 320 The Nature of Cancer (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 334 Heart Health and Diabetes (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 418 The Nature of Addiction (3 cr.)

Intentional and Unintentional Injuries

  • SPH-H 401 Emergency Medical Technician (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 460 Practicum in First Aid Instruction (3 cr.)

Sexual Health

  • SPH-H 350 Topical Seminar in Health Promotion, TOPIC: Prevention of Birth Defects (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 305 Women's Health (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 306 Men's Health (3 cr.)

Health Studies Electives at the 100/200-Level (3 cr.)
Compete either 3 credits from the following courses, or an additional 3 credits from the list of 300/400-level courses listed above. It is recommended, but not required, that your 3-credit elective course choice from the following list, or from above, be completed in the same concentration which was chosen above:.

Family Health

  • SPH-H 150 Children's Health Up to Age 5 (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 220 Death and Dying (3 cr.) +S&H
  • SPH-N 220 Nutrition for Health (3 cr.)

Health Epidemics

  • SPH-H 235 Obesity and Health (3 cr.) +S&H

Intentional and Unintentional Injuries

  • SPH-H 160 First Aid and Emergency Care (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 174 Prevention of Violence in American Society (3 cr.) +S&H
  • SPH-H 180 Stress Prevention and Management (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 217 Safety: A Personal Focus (3 cr.)

Sexual Health

  • SPH-F 255 Human Sexuality (3 cr.) +S&H

+ Courses followed by the S&H notation may apply to both the minor requirements and to the general education, social and historical studies requirement for bachelor's degree students.

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