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What is the Minor in Public Health?

The Interdisciplinary minor in Public Health integrates key aspects of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, communities and individuals. Students who choose to augment their current baccalaureate major by adding the public health minor increase their awareness of emerging issues in public health, the social and behavioral aspects of preventing disease, environmental health concepts, the changing U.S. health care system and the monitoring of diseases in the community through their study of applied public health research. The Public Health minor is ideal for students who are in a baccalaureate or associate degree program in a health related field, but may also appeal to students in other colleges who have an interest in public health, such as pre-law, urban planning, criminal justice, education, and landscape design, as well as others. By adding a public health minor, students increase their awareness of emerging issues in public health, such as the current coronavirus pandemic, and health disparities due to racial inequality.

Requirements and Curriculum

A total of 18 credit hours is required. Students will complete three required core courses, which are essential to studies in public health, including Introduction to the field of Public Health, Introduction to Biostatistics, and Epidemiology courses. Students are able to select from a diverse offering of electives, both online and in the classroom, across multiple colleges to complete the minor. This will allow majors in online programs to pursue the minor, if interested. The interdisciplinary curriculum was intentionally designed to span multiple colleges and offer students the ability to tailor their minor electives to complement their major area of focus. Students will complete three elective courses.

There are different course level options within the required and elective course options. The 1000 and 2000 level courses are recommended for those students not currently pursuing a health-related major and/or freshman and sophomore students. The 3000 level courses are recommended for those students in health-related major and/or junior and senior level students. Students and their advisors can decide which courses best meets their needs.

For a review of the core courses and electives for the minor, please see the Public Health Minor Advising Sheet or the curriculum map.  For a full overview of the Public Health program.  

Contact Information

Contact information For additional information about the minor, contact Shawn Adkins, College of Medicine Undergraduate Program Educational Specialist, at or (513) 558-9897.

You can also reach out to the college liaison for the Public Health minor per below:

College of Allied Health Sciences – Charity Accurso,, (513) 558-7493

College of Arts and Sciences – Allison Logan,, (513) 556-5860

College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services - Regan Johnson,, (513) 556-6743

College of Nursing – Rebecca Lee,, (513) 558-5498

College of Medicine – Rachael Nolan,, (513) 558-9897

College of Pharmacy – Bradley Hein,, (513) 558-4702

UC Blue Ash – Heather Vilvens,, (513) 936-1633

To Declare or Remove the Public Health Minor

If you are ready to declare the minor in Public Health OR would like to remove the minor from your academic plan, please complete the Minor in Public Health Declaration/Removal Form.

Contact Us

Medical Sciences 
Baccalaureate Program

Medical Sciences Building
231 Albert Sabin Way
PO Box 670552
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0552

Mail Location: 0552
Phone: 513-558-7650