Minor in Public Health

Public Health provides a community-based, systems-level approach to solving complex health problems. Students learn quantitative methods and analytical frameworks for tackling challenging issues such as health care access and environmental hazards. An emphasis on multidisciplinary, collaborative strategies prepares students for advanced study and diverse careers.

The Public Health minor is offered through the Department of Health Sciences in Sargent College. The minor consists of six courses, which must be completed with a grade of C or higher: four required courses (Introduction to Public Health, Epidemiology, a course in Statistics, and a course in International Health) and two courses from a list of public health electives. Students may fulfill some public health minor course requirements through two BU Study Abroad Programs: Geneva Public Health and Dublin Health Science tracks. The Public Health Minor office is located in Sargent College at 635 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 405. Email phminor@bu.edu.

The following four courses are required:

1. Introduction to Public Health:

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

2. One of the following international health courses:

  • SAR HS 325 Introduction to Global Health (4 cr)
  • SAR HS 450 Non-Infectious Diseases (4 cr)
  • SAR HS 463 Global Health: Beyond Germs and Genes (4 cr)
  • SPH PH 511 Pathogens, Poverty, and Populations: An Introduction to International Health (4 cr)
  • SPH PH 506e International Health at the World Health Organization (4 cr) (offered through Geneva Program only)
  • SPH PH 507e Controversies in International Health (4 cr) (offered through Geneva Program only)

3. One of the following epidemiology courses:

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

4. One of the following statistics courses:

  • CAS MA 113 Elementary Statistics (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 115 Statistics 1 (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 213 Statistics 1 (4 cr)
  • CAS PS  211 Introduction to Experimental Design in Psychology (4 cr)
  • SMG SM 221 Probabilistic and Statistical Decision Making for Management (4 cr)
  • CAS EC 305 Economic Statistics (4 cr)
  • SPH BS 704 Biostatistics (3 cr)

Two courses (minimum 6 credits) from the following list of public health electives are required:

  • SAR HS 325 Introduction to Global Health (4 cr) (if not taken to fulfill the International Health course requirement)
  • SAR HS 345 Global Environmental Public Health (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 395 Food, Dietary Supplements, and Consumer Health (4 cr)
  • SAR HS 425e Health Care Policy and Practice in Ireland (4 cr) (Dublin Program only)
  • SAR HS 440 Qualitative Research Strategies in Global Public Health
  • SAR HS 450 Non-Infectious Diseases (4 cr) (if not taken to fulfill the International Health course requirement)
  • SAR HS 463 Global Health: Beyond Germs and Genes (4 cr) (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 (4 cr)
  • CAS SO 215 Sociology of Health Care (4 cr)
  • SPH EH 717 Introduction to Environmental Health (3 cr)
  • SPH LW 719 Essentials of Health Law (3 cr) or SPH LW 751 Public Health Law (4 cr) or SPH LW 740 Human Rights and Health (4 cr)
  • SPH MC 705 Safe Sex in the City: From Biology to Policy (4 cr)
  • SPH MC 725 Woman, Children & Adolescents: Public Health Approaches (4 cr)
  • SPH PH 709 The Biology of Public Health (4 cr)
  • SPH PM 702 Introduction to Health Policy & Management (3 cr) (cannot be taken in combination with SAR HP 353)
  • SPH SB 721 Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health (3 cr)
  • 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 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)