Public Health Sciences, Minor

The Public Health Sciences minor offers undergraduate students a foundation of knowledge for those who plan to enter the field of public health immediately following graduation and for those planning to earn an advanced degree in Public Health or a related field including medicine, nursing, and dentistry.

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To successfully complete the minor, students must complete 20 units of coursework. The required 20 units will be split between required core courses and additional elective courses. 

Required Core Courses
SPH 101Introduction to Public Health3
SPH 102Introduction to Human Epidemiology4
or SPH 107V Foundations of Epidemiology
SPH 190Topics in Public Health1
Choose (SPH 104 or VME 057V) or SPH 113: 13-4
Globalization & Health: Evidence & Policies
Global Population, Health, & Environment
Health Disparities in the U.S. 1
Required Core Courses Subtotal11-12
Electives; 8-9 units minimum to fulfill 20 units total8-9
Either STA 013 or STA 100 can be used as an elective, not both.
Only one lower division course can be used overall to complete the minor. If a student uses VME 057V as a core course, they can not use any lower division elective courses.
Only one approved study abroad course can be used as a minor elective.
Choose 8-9 units:
Health & Medicine in a Global Context
Cultural Anthropology 4
Econometric Theory & Applications
Health Issues Confronting Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders
Probability & Data Science for Biomedical Engineers
Modeling in Biology
Linear Algebra with Applications to Biology
Introduction to Molecular Structure & Spectra
Chicana/o & Latina/o Health Care Issues
Comparative Health: Top Leading Causes of Death
Women of Color Reproductive Health & Reproductive Politics in a Global Perspective
Health Communication
Media & Health
Community Development Perspectives on Environmental Justice
Health Economics
Theory & Practice of Bioinformatics
Principles of Environmental Toxicology
Exposure & Dose Assessment
Exercise & Aging in Health & Disease
Primary Care Clinics 2
Health Care to Underserved Populations 2
Environmental Change, Disease & Public Health
Practicum in Community Health Clinic: Bayanihan Clinic 2
Practicum in Community Health Clinics 2
Native American Public Health: Topics & Issues
Introduction to Nutrition & Metabolism
Recommendations & Standards for Human Nutrition
Shifa Clinic Student Volunteer 2
Critical Reasoning
Introduction to Bioethics
One Health: Human, Animal & Environment Interfaces
Health Psychology
Willow Clinic 2
Disease & Society
Environmental Change, Disease & Public Health
Global Poverty: Critical Thinking & Taking Action
Society, Culture, & Health
Population Health: Social Determinants & Disparities in Health
Health Policy & Politics
Internship in Community Health 3
Introduction to Health Economics, Services, Policy, Administration & Management
Intermediate Human Epidemiology
Introduction to Program Planning & Evaluation
History of Epidemiology in Public Health
Air Pollution & Chemicals in the Environment
Introduction to Health Informatics
Health Informatics Systems
Data Organization & Visualization in Health Informatics
Health Issues Confronting Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders
Gun Violence: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
Topics in Public Health
Internship in Community Health Practice 3
Study in Community & International Health 3
Research in Community & International Health 3
Elementary Statistics 3
Elementary Statistics 3
Applied Statistics for Biological Sciences
Sampling Theory of Surveys
Health & Medicine in a Global Context
Directed Group Study 3
Global Population, Health, & Environment
Electives Subtotal8-9
Total Units19-21

Prior to Winter 2018, course was named SPH 105 (2 units; discontinued).


2 units maximum.


4 units maximum.


5 units maximum.