The Public Health minor program at Saint Martin’s University is designed for students from a variety of disciplines who wish to augment their major by exploring the key components of public health.


Coursework in the Public Health minor includes foundational courses in Public Health, Statistics, Epidemiology, and electives chosen to broaden the student’s knowledge of public health issues including policy, health disparities, nutrition, environmental health, global health, and applied sciences relevant to public health

The Public Health minor provides applied health content for students seeking admission to dental, medical, pharmacy, physical therapy, and other professional schools. Graduates with a Public Health minor are well situated for graduate studies in psychology, sociology, social work, public health, and related fields.

The Public Health minor consists of 9.0 required semester hours and 12.0 semester hours of electives.

Foundation Courses:

  • PBH 201 Introduction to Public Health
  • PBH 301 Fundamentals of Epidemiology
  • Statistics course: MTH 201 or BIO 301 or BA 201

Elective Courses: 12 Credit

  • COR 140 World Language
  • BIO 121 Human Biology with Lab
  • BIO 141 General Biology with Lab
  • NUR 203 or EXS 203 Human Nutrition
  • PLS 151 Politics of US Public Policy
  • SOC 102 American Social Problems
  • PSY 343 Health Psychology
  • NUR 310 Health Policy
  • PSY 353 Drugs, the Family, and Society
  • ENV 330 Climate Change
  • SJ 370 Social Action
  • SOC 301 Child Welfare
  • SOC 440 Death, Dying, Grief
  • BIO 251/351 Microbiology
  • BIO 352 Advanced Microbiology
  • BIO 375 Genetics SOC 302 Sex, Race, and Disability
  • TRM 400 Trauma: Theories, Ethics, and Impacts
  • PBH 210 Global Health
  • PBH 310 Population Health Management
  • PBH 390 Internship
  • PBH 395 Topics in Public Health

2021-2022 undergraduate catalog

Program Outcomes:

A Saint Martin’s University student who earns a minor in Public Health will live out the university core values of faith, reason, service, and community, by being committed to making a positive difference in the lives of others by working to address health disparities and improve the health of the population.

  • Identify the history, philosophy, and core functions of public health 
  • Describe the methods and tools of public health data collection, use, and analysis
  • Describe causes and risk factors for major areas of public health focus
  • Describe the legal, ethical, economic, and regulatory dimensions of public health policy
  • Discuss major local, national, and global health challenges
  • Outline approaches for assessing an controlling environmental hazards that affect community health 

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