Public Health Minor (18 Credit Hours)
The minor consists of six courses (18 credits). The first five courses are foundational courses for public health majors. For the sixth course students may select one elective from a list of courses approved for the public health major. Public health focuses on the health of populations rather than individuals and in an excellent complement to many clinical degrees.
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Public health aims to prevent and treat disease and to promote and protect health
through strategies that engage the community. This course will examine the history
of public health as well as core areas of public health including assessment, assurance
and policy development. Students will learn about health promotion and disease promotion
and disease prevention of communicable and non-communicable disease social and behavioral
aspects of health, epidemiology, environmental health and health policy.
This course focuses on social epidemiology,the factors determining the occurrence
and distribution of disease,health defects,disability and death among groups. The
interdisciplinary nature of epidemiological theory,statistical measures commonly used,and
an analysis of the distribution of health care in the United States are studied.
This course will review the determinants of health-related behavior and important
theories, as well as discuss how these theories can be practically applied in planning,
implementing, and evaluating public health programs. This course will begin to answer
the meta-question as it relates to health behavior: "Why do people do what they do?"
This course will prepare future health professionals to work in a global market whether it is in their local community or in some faraway land. This course will provide insights into understanding global health issues and the improvement of health at a population level.
This course focuses on health education at the individual and population levels. Students
will learn how to conduct a community diagnosis, mobilize communities for action in
promoting healthy behaviors at individual and community levels. Students will learn
how to align strategies with Healthy People 2010 and measure improvements.