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 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:  Public Health is also available as a Concentration for SBS students, and as a Certificate, which is open to anyone regardless of whether they are an SBS major or student at USM. This page describes the Public Health Minor.  Click here for information on the PH Concentration, and here for information on the PH Certificate.

Students should complete the necessary paperwork so that the counseling concentration 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 and the Accelerated degree option. Qualified students may replace up to two undergraduate SBS Public Health courses with graduate-level MPH counterparts.

"Qualified students from other USM and University of Maine System graduate degree programs, and health-related undergraduate programs, may be eligible for accelerated degree options.  Undergraduate students are encouraged to explore careers in public health.  Interested students are welcomed in MPH 400-Level (advanced undergraduate) and MPH 500-level (entry graduate) courses, in accordance with the requirements of their undergraduate degree programs.  Interested non-degree undergraduate students should contact the program chair of the Master of Public Health." 

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 in Public Health must also take four additional SBS courses (in any SBS elective area) beyond the six courses listed below:

Students complete 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/ANT 302 Medical Anthropology 

Legal and policy perspectives
     SBS 335 Legal Issues in Health and Human Services

Cultural Aspects of Nutrition and Food Systems
     ANT 233 Food and Culture
     SBS 304 Food, Culture and Eating

Students additionally select one Public Health elective (any program prefix) reflecting their  professional interests within Public Health from the list below or, with approval of their advisor, a course that is equivalent in substance or intent:

     SBS 339 Immigration, Ethnicity, 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