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Public Health Minor

D Applied Human Sciences
College of Education and Human Service Professions
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2020
  • Required credits in this minor: 20 to 21
Students with other majors who have a strong interest in public health may choose to complete this minor. The coursework covers health content that would be applicable to various employment settings.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.50 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 2.50 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 2.50 transferring from outside the University
Admission into the Public Health minor requires a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA (including transfer work).Contact the Department of Applied Human Sciences for more details.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Minor Requirements
At least 12 credits of HLTH courses applied to the minor must be taken from UMD.
Public Health Minor Core Courses (12 cr)
HLTH 1100 - Health and Wellness Strategies for Life [LE CAT8, SUSTAIN] (3.0 cr)
HLTH 1470 - Human Nutrition [LE CAT5, NAT SCI] (3.0 cr)
HLTH 3101 - Community Health (3.0 cr)
HLTH 3301 - Foundations of Public Health (3.0 cr)
Health Content/Skills Requirement (8 - 9 cr)
Take 3 or more course(s) totaling 8 or more credit(s) from the following:
· HLTH 3000 - Program Administration in Public Health (3.0 cr)
· HLTH 3115 - Consumer Health Education (3.0 cr)
· HLTH 3116 - Principles of Epidemiology and Human Disease (3.0 cr)
· HLTH 3118 - Women's Health Issues (3.0 cr)
· HLTH 3202 - Drug Education (2.0 cr)
· HLTH 3341 - Encountering Death and Grief: A Cross-Cultural Journey [CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· HLTH 3400 - Facilitating Healthy Lifestyle Change (3.0 cr)
· HLTH 3500 - Environmental Health (3.0 cr)
· HLTH 4100 - Historical Perspectives of Community Health Through Culture & Art in Italy [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· HLTH 4105 - Obesity: Causes and Intervention (3.0 cr)
· HLTH 4400 - Professional Health Coaching (3.0 cr)
· HLTH 4700 - Global Health (3.0 cr)
· HLTH 4710 - Grant Development and Writing in the Social Sciences (3.0 cr)
HLTH 1104 - Health Science Terminology (3.0 cr)
or HLTH 1600 - Basic First Aid and CPR (2.0 cr)
or PHAR 1002 - Medical Terminology (2.0 cr)
· HLTH 3303 - Planning Community Health Interventions (3.0 cr)
or HLTH 3307 - Conducting and Managing Worksite Health Promotion Programs (3.0 cr)
· HLTH 3117 - Principles of Sex Education (3.0 cr)
or PSY 3215 - Topics in Human Sexuality (3.0 cr)
 
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HLTH 1100 - Health and Wellness Strategies for Life (LE CAT8, SUSTAIN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01409 - Hlth1100/1000
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This course is designed to help students create and sustain wellbeing throughout their lives. By understanding how environmental, biological, socio-economic, and social influences affect their health, students can be empowered to make positive behavioral changes that benefit themselves and society. The dimensions of wellness serve as the foundation for making sustainable choices related to nutrition, fitness, mental/emotional wellbeing, and other areas of personal health. The importance of goal setting and social support will be emphasized through an individualized health behavior project.
HLTH 1470 - Human Nutrition (LE CAT5, NAT SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Emphasis on chemical nature of dietary nutrients, physiological and metabolic aspects of human nutrition, effects of diet on human health, interpretation of nutrition informatics, and global issues in health and nutrition.
HLTH 3101 - Community Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Emphasis on health determinants across the lifespan and their impact upon well-being and disease in communities and populations. Topics include public health history, health and the healthcare system in the U.S., health disparities, and disease prevention/control. Exploration of community-based organizations involved in health promotion efforts to address mental health, alcohol/drug abuse, environmental health and safety, and other issues affecting our communities. prereq: Minimum 30 credits, HLTH 1100
HLTH 3301 - Foundations of Public Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Concepts, philosophies, values, and history of public health and health education. Provides an introduction to public health and health education careers, organizations, certifications, and research literature. Emphasizes skills and competencies needed by public health and health education professionals. Ethical issues and professional trends are discussed. prereq: HLTH 1100, Public Health or Pre-Public Health major, or Public Health minor, or instructor consent
HLTH 3000 - Program Administration in Public Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Organizational, administrative, and leadership theories pertaining to public health settings. Includes employer/employee communication, conflict management, risk management, grant writing, legal/ethical dimensions of program administration, and basic review of federal and state healthcare policies. Public Health or Pre-Public Health or Exercise Science or Physical Education or Environmental and Outdoor Education major, or Public Health minor, or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for HPER 3000
HLTH 3115 - Consumer Health Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Concepts of marketing, analysis, selection, and decision-making regarding healthcare products, services, and providers. Prepares students to understand health policies, laws, ethics, and economics that influence healthcare systems at the state, national, and international levels prereq: Minimum 30 credits
HLTH 3116 - Principles of Epidemiology and Human Disease
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Concepts, principles, and methods involved in epidemiology research and practice. Addresses socio-economic, behavioral, and biological determinants of population health. Covers disease transmission, surveillance, outbreak investigation, outbreak prevention, and epidemiological study design. prereq: Minimum 30 credits
HLTH 3118 - Women's Health Issues
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Survey of American women's health issues. Role of women as patients and as health care providers. Language, politics, and economics of women's health care. Comparison of American women's health status to that of women around the world. prereq: Minimum 30 credits
HLTH 3202 - Drug Education
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Physiological and psychological effects of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Survey of societal causes and effects of drug use and abuse. Reasons and pressures for drug use by students. Appraisal and assessment of teacher's role in education, intervention, and treatment of drug abuse. Minimum 30 credits, for students seeking and admitted to the STEP (Secondary Teaching Education program), Public Health or Pre-Public Health or Physical Education or Exercise Science or Communication Sciences and Disorders major, or Public Health minor, or instructor consent.
HLTH 3341 - Encountering Death and Grief: A Cross-Cultural Journey (CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Grief, loss, death, dying, and bereavement in our society as understood by children, adolescents, and adults. Review of research and current literature; education program planning strategies for individuals associated with schools, agencies, organizations, or worksites. prereq: credit will not be granted if already received for 5341
HLTH 3400 - Facilitating Healthy Lifestyle Change
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Facilitation skills in health behavior change for individuals or small groups. Emphasis on theories and principles of behavior change, health coaching ethics/strategies, interpersonal skills, treatment planning, professional and technical writing, and HIPAA-compliant records management. Includes assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating behavior change processes. prereq: HLTH 1470, HLTH 3101, HLTH 3301, Public Health or Pre-Public Health major with Community Health Education/Promotion concentration, or Public Health minor, or instructor consent
HLTH 3500 - Environmental Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Biological, ecological, and physiological aspects of the environment; concurrent effects on health of the community; examination of environmental health policies; and possible solutions to environmental problems. prereq: Minimum 45 credits, Public Health or Pre-Public Health major, or Public Health minor, or instructor consent
HLTH 4100 - Historical Perspectives of Community Health Through Culture & Art in Italy (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02245 - FORS 4100/HLTH 4100
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Investigating the foundations of public and community health using primary historical sites in the area now unified as Italy. Analyze the impact of social and cultural factors on community health from early civilizations through the Renaissance, with emphasis of effects of the Black Death. Examine the role of arts used to convene health information for non-literate populations. Relate to aspects of preventative health care and promoting healthy communities in the present. prereq: minimum 30 credits and instruction consent; no grad credit
HLTH 4105 - Obesity: Causes and Intervention
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Obesity is a common, serious and costly health risk in the US, making it the focus of many public health programs. This course reviews the etiology of obesity and explores the behavioral, social and political aspects of obesity interventions. The associated health risks of obesity will be examined especially the impacts of these on children and youth. Special emphasis is placed on community, school and work place interventions. prereq: 1470, minimum 60 credits or instructor consent; no grad credit
HLTH 4400 - Professional Health Coaching
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course allows students to hone their health coaching skills learned in HLTH 3400 Facilitating Healthy Lifestyle Change. Through individual or small group sessions, students will provide weekly health coaching to a variety of clients (e.g. students, working adults, aging adults, and/or community members) who have a range of health goals and ability levels. Students will develop leadership and management skills as they collaborate as a coaching team, manage appointments, maintain professional records, and evaluate the effectiveness of health coaching interventions. For students who want to pursue a career in health coaching , this course may be taken twice in order to gain added experience. pre-req: HLTH 1100, 3400, instructor consent
HLTH 4700 - Global Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This course addresses global health topics, such as disease burdens, healthcare, nutrition, health inequalities, human rights, indigenous health, maternal/child health, and sustainability. It also examines goals, programs, and policies designed to improve the health of the global community. pre-req: HLTH 1100 and minimum 60 credits; no grad credit
HLTH 4710 - Grant Development and Writing in the Social Sciences
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Summer
The course is focused on grant writing for the social sciences, including identification of appropriate granting mechanisms and requests for proposals (federal, state, private, corporate, not-for-profit opportunities); development of goals, specific aims, measurements, and research designs for grant proposals; and practical matters within grant writing, including budgets, how to identify and work with a community partner, and plans for dissemination of results. Students will leave the course with a fully developed grant proposal. Prerequisites: Minimum 60 credits and one of the following research courses: HLTH 3200, ENED 3400, EXSC 4700, PSY 2020, PSY 3021, SW 4102, SOC 2155, SOC 3156, WS 3156, ES 4612; or with instructor consent; no grad credit
HLTH 1104 - Health Science Terminology
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduces students to terms commonly used in health sciences and medical professions. Latin word roots are emphasized. Allows students to develop understanding of vocabulary appropriate to professions requiring backgrounds in biology, human anatomy, and physiology.
HLTH 1600 - Basic First Aid and CPR
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Basic skills and knowledge to respond correctly in first aid emergencies. Leads to American Red Cross Certification basic first aid and CPR certification.
PHAR 1002 - Medical Terminology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Interested in learning the difference between an antigen and an antibiotic? During this course, you will not only increase your medical vocabulary by more than 2500 words at your own pace, you will also learn to identify and articulately describe a wide variety of medical conditions and processes. Communication related to disease states, procedures, and diagnostics in health care can sometimes seem like another language. This course will help you recognize medical abbreviations, relate terms to procedures and diagnostics, and comprehend the meaning of medical terminology by using word elements. If you are interested in the health care field or would like to understand more about your own medical care, this course is a great place to start. This is a completely online, self-paced course but runs on an accelerated 10-week schedule each Fall, Spring, and Summer term. For more information, contact phar1002@umn.edu or 612-624-7976.
HLTH 3303 - Planning Community Health Interventions
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01411
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of interventions related to the societal functions of public health, including human disease and health promotion/protection. Covers public health concepts/values, professional/technical writing, and evidence-based models for behavior change. pre-req: HLTH 3101, HLTH 3301, Public Health or Pre-Public Health major with Community Health Education/Promotion concentration, or Public Health minor, or instructor consent
HLTH 3307 - Conducting and Managing Worksite Health Promotion Programs
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
How to design, implement, and evaluate worksite and employee health promotion programs. Exploration of current theories and practical application. Focus on employee needs assessment and risk appraisal, worksite health culture development, effective intervention planning, program evaluation and financial cost and benefits. prereq: minimum 45 credits
HLTH 3117 - Principles of Sex Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Planning and implementing comprehensive sex education programs in various settings. Sexual physiology, sociocultural aspects of sexuality, birth control, prevention of STDs/HIV, teen pregnancy, and other current topics. How community and family values affect sex education. prereq: minimum 30 credits
PSY 3215 - Topics in Human Sexuality
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01438 - Psy 3215/3216
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Biological and psychosocial factors relating to human sexuality, sexual functioning, gender, and related issues. Group discussion of societal factors, values, and attitudes and their impact on behavior. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent