Undergraduate Academic Programs


Public Health

Description of Program

With a minor in public health, you will be prepared to help promote and protect the health of people where they live, work, and play. You will learn and develop skills related to the disciplines of public health: epidemiology, social and behavioral health, public health policy, environmental health, and biostatistics. The coursework focuses on public health at the community level – planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating interventions that contribute to improving health equity and health outcomes across diverse populations.


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
Student Services Suite
1025 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-7109

This undergraduate minor program is intended for students in degree programs other than the community health major, who wish to add public health 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.

Public Health Core Courses: (12 cr.)
Complete the following four courses:

  • SPH-B 150 Introduction to Public Health (3 cr.)
  • SPH-B 366 Community Health (3 cr.)
  • SPH-B 403 Public Health Program Planning (3 cr.)
  • SPH-E 311 Human Disease and Epidemiology (3 cr.)

Public Health Elective Course (3 cr.)
Complete one of the following electives:

  • SPH-B 310 Public Health in Diverse Communities (3 cr.)
  • SPH-B 354 Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Gerontology (3 cr.)
  • SPH-F 150 Introduction to Life Span Human Development (3 cr.) +S&H
  • SPH-F 255 Human Sexuality (3 cr.) +S&H
  • SPH-F 258 The Tie That Binds: Relationshiops, Marriage and Family  (3 cr.) +S&H
  • SPH-F 350 Topical Seminar in Human Development and Family Studies (3 cr.) 
  • SPH-F 341 Today's Families, Understanding Change in Family Dynamics (3 cr.)
  • SPH-F 345 Parents, Parenting, and Children (3 cr.)
  • SPH-F 355 Leading Family Process Discussion Groups (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 172 International Health and Social Issues (3 cr.) +S&H
  • SPH-H 174 Prevention of Violence in American Society (3 cr.) +S&H
  • SPH-H 180 Stress Prevention and Management (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 220 Death and Dying (3 cr.) +S&H
  • SPH-H 263 Personal Health (3 cr.) +S&H
  • SPH-H 305 Women's Health (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 306 Men's Health (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 315 Consumer Health (3 cr.)
  • 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 350 Topical Seminar in Health Promotion (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 351 Complementary and Alternative Approaches to Health (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 381 Introduction to Health Information and Statistics (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 385 Practicum in College Death Education (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 395 Practicum in Sexual and Reproductive Health Education (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 418 The Nature of Addiction (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 445 Travel Study (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 494 Research and Evaluation Methods in Health and Safety (3 cr.)
  • SPH-N 220 Nutrition for Health (3 cr.) or SPH-N 231 Human Nutrition (3 cr.) +N&M
  • SPH-N 331 Life Cycle Nutrition (3 cr.)
  • SPH-N 336 Community Nutrition (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 350 Topical Seminar in Safety Education (3 cr.)

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