2019-20 Catalogs

Minor in Public Health

The Minor in Public Health is open to students in any degree program at USM.

This minor advances students' understanding of myriad public health concerns and their ability to apply relevant 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, developing their capacity to contribute to relevant policy-making and advocacy. The Minor also prepares students for 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.

IMPORTANT:  This page describes the Public Health Minor. Public Health (offered through the Social and Behavioral Sciences program) is also available as a Concentration for students majoring in Social and Behavioral Sciences, and as a Certificate, which is open to anyone.  Students pursuing the Public Health Minor may also be interested in USM's Bachelor in Public Health.

**Students should complete the necessary paperwork so that the Minor in Public Health appears on their MaineStreet academic plan.**

Graduate Study in Public Health

Students pursuing the Public Health Minor may also be interested in USM’s Master of Public Health program. Please visit the Office of Admission for application information.

For all USM degree students, a total of six courses are required for the Public Health Minor. Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) majors must also take four additional SBS courses (in any SBS elective area) beyond the six courses listed below.

Required courses:

  • SBS 304/ANT 233 Food and Culture
  • SBS 308/ANT 302 Medical Anthropology
  • SBS 335 Legal Issues in Health and Human Service
  • SBS/SCI 336 /BPH 201 Fundamentals of Public Health
  • SBS/SCI/BPH 337 Introduction to Epidemiology


Public Health elective

Students select one of the following or, with advisor approval, a course equivalent in substance and intent:

     SBS 303 Abnormal Psychology
     SBS 339 Immigration, Ethnicity, and Identity
     SBS 341 The Family
     SBS 343 Substance Use Disorders
     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
     PSY 368 Health Psychology
     CON 356 Concepts in Community Health