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Old Requirements for Minor in Public Health

The following are the requirements for the Minor in Public Health up until the 2010/11 academic year. If you declared your minor after September 1, 2011, please see the main Minor in Public Health page.

Students must complete a minimum of 20 credits for the public health minor. This is achieved by taking three required courses (Introduction to Public Health, a course in Biostatistics, and a course in Epidemiology) which count for 10–12 credits. The remaining required credits must include a minimum of 8 credits in public health electives. When additional credits are needed to meet the 20-credit requirement, these 2 credits may be selected from either the public health or the general elective lists (see below). Students must earn a grade of B- or better in PH 510 Introduction to Public Health and a C or better in the remaining courses.

There are no specific prerequisites, other than those specified for some of the elective courses. It is recommended that students take PH 510 prior to taking the public health electives, and freshmen are strongly advised not to take graduate level SPH courses. Students can take the biostatistics course or the epidemiology course prior to, or at the same time, as PH 510. The general elective may be taken at any time.

You must complete a minimum of 20 credits by taking the following:

  • Three required courses (Introduction to Public Health, Biostatistics, and Epidemiology), which count for 10–12 credits
  • At least 8 credits in public health electives
  • To complete the 20 credit requirement, additional public health elective credits or general elective credits may be used from the approved lists (below).

Students must earn a grade of B– or better in Introduction to Public Health (PH 510) and a C or better in the remaining courses.

Required Courses

All of the following courses are available for credit towards the minor in public health on either the Charles River or the Medical Campus at the School of Public Health. A free shuttle bus service between the campuses is available to students.

The following three courses are required (10–12 credits):

Introduction to Public Health:

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

One of the following statistics courses:

  • CAS MA 115 Statistics I (4 credits)
  • CAS MA 213 Statistics I (4 credits)
  • CAS PS 211 Introduction to Experimental Design (4 credits)
  • SPH BS 701 Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credits)
  • SPH BS 703 Statistics (4 credits)

One of the following epidemiology courses:

  • SAR HS 300 Epidemiology (4 credits)
  • SPH EP 711 Introduction to Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • SPH EP 712 Epidemiologic Methods (4 credits)

A minimum of 8 credits is required from the following list of public health electives:

  • SAR HS 320 Genomics in Public Health (4 credits)
  • SAR HS 470 Topics in Public Health (4 credits)
  • SAR HS 475 Advocacy Disability in the Law (4 credits)
  • SPH EH 708 Introduction to Environmental Health (2 credits)
  • SPH EH 765 Survey of Environmental Health (4 credits)
  • SPH IH 701 Principals in International Health (4 credits)
  • SPH LW 707 Essentials of Public Law (2 credits)
  • SPH LW 740 Human Rights and Health (4 credits)
  • SPH LW 751 Public Health Law (4 Credits)
  • SPH MC 705 Safe Sex in the City: From Biology to Policy (4 credit)
  • SPH MC 725 Woman, Children & Adolescents: Public Health Approaches (4 credits)
  • SPH PH 511 Pathogens, Poverty, and Populations: An Introduction to International Health (4 credits)
  • SPH PH 709 The Biology of Public Health (4 credits)
  • SPH PH 710 Introduction to Public Health Informatics (4 credits)
  • SPH PM 702 Introduction to Health Policy & Management (3 credits) (NOTE: SAR HP 353 Organization in Delivery of Health Care in the U.S. (4 credits) may substitute for SPH PM 702)
  • SPH SB 721 Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health (3 credits)

Available through the Dublin Program:

  • SAR HS 425 Health Care Policy and Practice in Ireland

Available through the Geneva Program:

  • SPH PH 506e International Health at the World Health Organization (4 credits; Geneva)
  • SPH PH 507e Controversies in International Health (4 credits; Geneva)

To complete the required 20 credits, additional credits may be completed either from the public health electives above or from the general elective list below.

General Electives:

  • CAS AN 210 Medical Anthropology
  • CAS BI 114 Human Infectious Diseases: AIDS to Tuberculosis
  • CAS EC 371 Environmental Economics
  • CAS EC 387 Introduction to Health Economics
  • CAS EE 275 Introduction to Quantitative Environmental Modeling
  • CAS EE 425 Environmental Policy Analysis and Modeling
  • CAS EE 430 Environmental Pollution and Control Technology
  • CAS MA 116 Statistics II
  • CAS MA 214 Applied Statistics
  • CAS PH 150 Introduction to Ethics
  • CAS PO 241 Introduction to Public Policy
  • CAS PO 341 Comparative Public Policy
  • CAS PO 544 Interest Groups, Public Opinions, and the Policy Process
  • CAS SO 215 Health and Society
  • CAS SO 521 Seminar: Epidemiology
  • ENG BE 400 Undergraduate Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering
  • SAR HP 252 Health and Disability Across the Life Span SAR HP 412 Abnormal Behavior in Rehabilitation
  • SAR HS 201 Introduction to Nutrition
  • SAR HS 251 Human Nutrition Science
  • SED HE 522 Community Health
  • SED HE 523 Applied Nutrition
  • SED HE 539 Health and Exceptionality

For information and public health minor approval, please contact:

Public Health Minor Office: hscience@bu.edu

Sargent College, 635 Commonwealth Ave, Room 405
Office Hours: Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. (walk-in)
617-358-5477