Social and Behavioral Sciences

Minor in Public Health

The Minor in Public Health advances students' understanding of myriad public health concerns and their ability to apply pertinent theoretical and practical knowledge to contribute to a safe and functioning society. The Public Health Minor can complement professional preparation of students working in human services and in allied health and applied sciences, including their capacity to contribute to relevant policy-making and advocacy. The Minor will also strengthen the pursuit of graduate study in Public Health and Policy. Professions that utilize knowledge of public health include medical and allied health and human services, mental health, gerontology, and child and family support. Public health approaches address the full spectrum of services, planning and evaluation. 

Students should formally specify a Minor in Public Health through completion of the necessary paperwork through the Student Success Center so that it appears on their transcript.

Students pursuing the Public Health Minor may be interested in USM's Master of Public Health "Accelerated degree options"   [insert live link of underlined program title to that section in the MPH graduate catalog].   

A total of six courses are required for the Minor for students majoring in degrees other than SBS. Students matriculated as SBS majors and wishing to complete the Minor (vs. the Concentration) in Public Health must also take four additional SBS courses (in any SBS elective area) beyond the six courses listed below:

One Course from each of the following areas:

Overview of Public Health Systems
     SBS/SCI 336 Introduction to Public Health

Basic concepts in Epidemiology (must be specifically rooted in Public Health applications vs. a more general Statistics or Research Methods course)
     SBS/SCI 337 Introduction to Epidemiology

Cultural perspectives on health
     SBS 308 Health, Illness, and Culture 
      
Legal and policy perspectives

     SBS 335 Legal Issues in Health and Human Services

Nutrition and Food Systems
     ANT 233 Food and Culture 
     SBS 304 Food, Culture and Eating
     
One Elective (any program prefix) reflecting student's professional interests in Public Health, including from list below or, with approval of student's advisor, a course that will be equivalent in substance or intent:

     SBS 339 Ethnicity, Immigration, and Identity
     SBS 341 The Family
     SBS 343 Substance Abuse or CON 497 Substance Use and Abuse: Issues and Policies 
     SBS 344 Violence: Causes and Control
     SBS 345 Diversity: Many Voices
     SBS 350 Psychosocial Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
     SBS/LOS 436 Risk, Public Policy, and Society
     SCI 315 Environmental Health