Public Health

Minor in Public Health

The minor in Public Health is offered through the Department of Health Sciences in Sargent College (SAR). The minor consists of six courses, which must be completed with a minimum grade of C: four required courses (Introduction to Public Health, Epidemiology, one course in statistics, and one course in international health) and two courses from the list of public health electives. Students may fulfill some public health minor course requirements through BU Study Abroad and Internship Programs, such as the Geneva Public Health or Dublin Health Science tracks.

Requirements

A. Four required courses:

  • SPH PH 510 Introduction to Public Health (4 cr)

One of the following statistics courses:

  • CAS EC 305 Economic Statistics (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 113 Elementary Statistics (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 115 Basic Statistics and Probability (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 213 Statistics I (4 cr)
  • CAS PS 211 Introduction to Experimental Design in Psychology (4 cr)
  • SMG SM 221 Probabilistic and Statistical Decision Making for Management (6 cr)
  • SPH BS 704 Introduction to Biostatistics (3 cr)

One of the following epidemiology courses:

  • SAR HS 300 Epidemiology I (4 cr)
  • SPH EP 713 Introduction to Epidemiology (3 cr)

One of the following international health courses:

  • SAR HS 363 Global Health: Beyond Germs and Genes (4 cr)
  • SAR HS 450 Global Health: Non-communicable Diseases in the 21st Century
  • SPH PH 506E International Health at the World Health Organization (4 cr) (Geneva Program only)
  • SPH PH 507E Controversies in International Health (4 cr) (Geneva Program only)
  • SPH PH 511 Pathogens, Poverty, and Populations: An Introduction to International Health (4 cr)

B. Two of the following public health electives (minimum of 6 credits):

  • CAS SO 215 Sociology of Health Care (4 cr)
  • SAR HP 353 Organization and Delivery of Health Care in the U.S. (4 cr) (cannot be taken in combination with SPH PM 702)
  • SAR HS 345 Global Environmental Public Health (4 cr)
  • SAR HS 363 Global Health: Beyond Germs and Genes (4 cr) (if not taken to fulfill the International Health course requirement)
  • SAR HS 395 Food, Dietary Supplements and Consumer Health (4 cr)
  • SAR HS 425 E Health Care Policy and Practice in Ireland (4 cr) (Dublin Program only)
  • SAR HS 440 Qualitative Research Strategies in Global Public Health (4 cr)
  • SAR HS 450 Non-Infectious Diseases (if not taken to fulfill the International Health course requirement)
  • SAR HS 470 Topics in Public Health (4 cr)
  • SAR HS 475 Disability Advocacy and the Law: Theory, Practice and Real World Challenges and Actions (4 cr)
  • SPH EH 717 Introduction to Environmental Health (3 cr)
  • SPH LW 719 Essentials of Health Law (3 cr) or
    SPH LW 740 Health and Human Rights (4 cr) or
    SPH LW 751 Public Health Law (4 cr)
  • SPH MC 705 Safe Sex in the City: From Science to Policy (4 cr)
  • SPH MC 725 Women, Children, and Adolescents: A Public Health Approach (4 cr)
  • SPH PH 506E International Health at the World Health Organization (4 cr) (Geneva Program only; if not taken to fulfill the International Health course requirement)
  • SPH PH 507E Controversies in International Health (4 cr) (Geneva Program only; if not taken to fulfill the International Health course requirement)
  • SPH PH 511 Pathogens, Poverty, and Populations: An Introduction to International Health (4 cr) (if not taken to fulfill the International Health course requirement)
  • SPH PH 709 The Biology of Public Health (4 cr)
  • SPH PM 702 Introduction to U.S. Health Policy, Delivery, and Management (3 cr) (cannot be taken in combination with SAR HP 353)
  • SPH SB 721 Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health (3 cr)