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Public Health Minor

Geography, Environment, Society
Sociology
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2012
  • Required credits in this minor: 14 to 16
Protecting the public's health requires addressing challenges that are influenced as much by individual and social behavior as they are by biology, chemistry, and physics. Biology, the environment, social and political systems, technology, and more intersect to describe the methods to protect the health and well-being of the population. Liberal arts students and students from other colleges who complement their major degree programs with a public health minor will understand how to help society by improving health and preventing disease on a population level.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Specific program requirements are subject to change. Minors must follow the degree requirements current for the semester in which they declared.
Introduction to the Discipline
Take a minimum of two courses (4-6 credits). Take either PUBH 3202 or PUBH 3001 or PUBH 3004; AND PUBH 3350 or PUBH 3106. Note: PUBH 3004 is a 4-credit course that combines PUBH 3001 and PUBH 3003. If taking PUBH 3004, do not take PUBH 3001 or PUBH 3003. (PUBH 3004 satisfies half of the "Introduction to the Discipline" sub-requirement and all of the "Applying Public Health Theory" sub-requirement below.)
PUBH 3202 - What is Public Health? (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 3001 - Personal and Community Health (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 3004 - Basic Concepts in Personal and Community Health (4.0 cr)
PUBH 3350 - Epidemiology: People, Places, and Disease (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 3106 - Making Sense of Health Studies (2.0 cr)
Understanding Health Issues From Varying Social Scientific Contexts
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AFRO 4231 - Color of Public Policy: African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans & Chicanos in the U.S. (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 3306W - Medical Anthropology [GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 4075 - Cultural Histories of Healing [SOCS, GP] (3.0 cr)
· CNES 5535 - Death and the Afterlife in the Ancient World (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3456W - Sexuality and Culture [DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3458W - The Body and the Politics of Representation [HIS, WI] (3.0 cr)
· ECON 5890 - Economics of the Health-Care System (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 3381W - Population in an Interacting World [SOCS, GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· GEOG 3379 - Environment and Development in the Third World [SOCS, ENV] (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 3401 - Geography of Environmental Systems and Global Change [ENV] (4.0 cr)
· GEOG 3411W - Geography of Health and Health Care [WI] (4.0 cr)
· GLOS 3607 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· GLOS 3613W - Stuffed and Starved: The Politics of Eating [SOCS, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· GWSS 3202 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
· JOUR 5541 - Mass Communication and Public Health (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 5543 - Public Health Campaign Evaluation (3.0 cr)
· PHIL 3305 - Medical Ethics (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3206 - Introduction to Health Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5138 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5205 - Applied Social Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5206 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· SOC 3501 - Sociology of Families [SOCS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· SOC 3511 - World Population Problems [GP] (3.0 cr)
· SOC 3681 - Gender and the Family in the Islamic World (3.0 cr)
· SOC 4246 - Sociology of Health and Illness (3.0 cr)
Applying Public Health Theory
Note: Students who take PUBH 3004 in fulfillment of the "Introduction to the Discipline" sub-requirement will also have fulfilled the "Applying Public Health Theory" sub-requirement.
Take 2 or more credit(s) from the following:
· FSCN 4614 - Community Nutrition [SOCS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· PUBH 3003 - Fundamentals of Alcohol and Drug Abuse (2.0 cr)
· PUBH 3004 - Basic Concepts in Personal and Community Health (4.0 cr)
· PUBH 3010 - Public Health Approaches to HIV/AIDS (2.0 cr)
· PUBH 3102 - Issues in Environmental and Occupational Health (3.0 cr)
· PUBH 3104 - Environmental Health Effects: Introduction to Toxicology (2.0 cr)
· PUBH 3639 - Prevention: Theory, Practice, and Application in Public Health Services (3.0 cr)
· PUBH 3801 - Health Economics and Policy (3.0 cr)
· PUBH 3905 - Nutrition for Public Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (2.0 cr)
Global Impact
Take PUBH 3107, or another adviser-approved course, for a minimum of two credits. Offerings vary by semester; consult your minor adviser about current course options.
PUBH 3107 - Global Public Health and the Environment (2.0 cr)
 
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PUBH 3202 - What is Public Health?
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Overview of public health: what it is, its origins, evolution, how it is structured/administered in the U.S. Mission, concepts, principles, and practices of population-based public health. Case studies. Career opportunities.
PUBH 3001 - Personal and Community Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02195
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Fundamental principles of health conservation and disease prevention.
PUBH 3004 - Basic Concepts in Personal and Community Health
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01062 - PubH 3003/PubH 3004
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Scientific, sociocultural, and attitudinal aspects of communicable and degenerative diseases, environmental and occupational health hazards, and alcohol and drug problems. Role of education in health conservation, disease control, and drug abuse.
PUBH 3350 - Epidemiology: People, Places, and Disease
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
How diseases are distributed among us. Epidemiology terminology, methods, critical thinking, and analysis. Intended for students interested in a health science career or in a career that may need to evaluate epidemiologic evidence such as health journalism or public policy or litigation. prereq: Undergrad statistics course is recommended
PUBH 3106 - Making Sense of Health Studies
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02023
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
How to critically evaluate health news (and the health research reports on which they are based) to make good, well informed decisions about your health and well-being.
AFRO 4231 - Color of Public Policy: African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans & Chicanos in the U.S.
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01013 - Afro 4231/AmIn 4231/Chic 4231
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Examination of structural or institutional conditions through which people of color have been marginalized in public policy. Critical evaluation of social theory in addressing the problem of contemporary communities of color in the United States.
ANTH 3306W - Medical Anthropology (GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 1003 or 1005 or entry level soc sci course recommended
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Relations among human affliction, health, healing, social institutions, and cultural representations cross-culturally. Human health/affliction. Medical knowledge/power. Healing. Body, international health, colonialism, and emerging diseases. Reproduction. Aging in a range of geographical settings. prereq: 1003 or 1005 or entry level soc sci course recommended
ANTH 4075 - Cultural Histories of Healing (SOCS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Introduction to historically informed anthropology of healing practice. Shift to biologically based medicine in Europe, colonialist dissemination of biomedicine, political/cultural collisions between biomedicine and "ethnomedicines," traffic of healing practices in a transnationalist world.
CNES 5535 - Death and the Afterlife in the Ancient World
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01213
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors related to death and afterlife found in cultures of ancient Mediterranean and Near East. Literature, funerary art/epitaphs. Archaeological evidence for burial practices and care of dead.
CSCL 3456W - Sexuality and Culture (DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Historical/critical study of forms of modern sexuality (heterosexuality, homosexuality, romance, erotic domination, lynching). How discourses constitute/regulate sexuality. Scientific/scholarly literature, religious documents, fiction, personal narratives, films, advertisements.
CSCL 3458W - The Body and the Politics of Representation (HIS, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Western representation of the human body, 1500 to present. Body's appearance as a site and sight for production of social and cultural difference (race, ethnicity, class, gender). Visual arts, literature, music, medical treatises, courtesy literature, erotica.
ECON 5890 - Economics of the Health-Care System
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Econ 5890/PubH 5893
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Economic analysis of U.S. health-care sector. Emphasizes problems of pricing, production, distribution. Health-care services as one factor contributing to nation's health. prereq: 3101 or instr consent
GEOG 3381W - Population in an Interacting World (SOCS, GP, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01064
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Comparative analysis and explanation of trends in fertility, mortality, internal and international migration in different parts of the world; world population problems; population policies; theories of population growth; impact of population growth on food supply and the environment.
GEOG 3379 - Environment and Development in the Third World (SOCS, ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Geog 3379/GloS 3303
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Concepts for analyzing relations between capitalist development and environment in Third World. Historical geography of capitalist development. Case studies. Likelihood of social/environmental sustainability. prereq: Soph or jr or sr
GEOG 3401 - Geography of Environmental Systems and Global Change (ENV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Geog 3401/5401
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Geographic patterns, dynamics, and interactions of atmospheric, hydrospheric, geomorphic, pedologic, and biologic systems as context for human population, development, and resource use patterns.
GEOG 3411W - Geography of Health and Health Care (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Geog 3411W/5411W
Typically offered: Every Fall
Application of human ecology, spatial analysis, political economy, and other geographical approaches to analyze problems of health and health care. Topics include distribution and diffusion of disease; impact of environmental, demographic, and social change on health; distribution, accessibility, and utilization of health practitioners and facilities.
GLOS 3613W - Stuffed and Starved: The Politics of Eating (SOCS, GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01131 - GloS 3613W/GloS 3613V/Soc 3613
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Food issues from a sociological perspective. Cross-cultural differences in how groups/societies think about and relate to food.
JOUR 5541 - Mass Communication and Public Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00291 - Jour 5541/PubH 6074
Typically offered: Every Fall
Intersection of mass media, public health, behavior. Role of theory in understanding intended/unintended campaign effect. Role of health journalism. Decisions that inform media-based interventions.
JOUR 5543 - Public Health Campaign Evaluation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00264
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Draws upon the campaign evaluation literature. Recommendations on evaluation research design. Cross-sectional, experimental, and time-based designs. Focuses on summative efforts. prereq: [5541, [enrolled in MA in health journalism or grad student or jour major or mass comm minor or approved IDIM major or ICP major or BIS major]] or instr consent
PHIL 3305 - Medical Ethics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Moral problems confronting physicians, patients, and others concerned with medical treatment, research, and public health policy. Topics include abortion, living wills, euthanasia, genetic engineering, informed consent, proxy decision-making, and allocation of medical resources.
PSY 3206 - Introduction to Health Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theories/research in health psychology. Bi-directional relationships between psychological factors and physical health. Stress/coping, adjustment to chronic illness. Psychological factors in etiology/course of disease. Health behavior change. prereq: 1001
PSY 5205 - Applied Social Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Applications of social psychology research/theory to domains such as physical/mental health, education, the media, desegregation, the legal system, energy conservation, public policy. prereq: 3201 or grad student or instr consent
SOC 3501 - Sociology of Families (SOCS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even, Spring Odd Year
Families in contemporary American society. Historical/cross-cultural comparisons. Interrelationships of families with other social institutions. Race, class, and gender in shaping family experiences. Topics may include marriage, divorce, childbearing, parenthood, family violence, gay/lesbian families. prereq: 1001 or instr consent; soc majors/minors must register A-F
SOC 3511 - World Population Problems (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02141
Typically offered: Every Fall
Population growth, natural resources, fertility/mortality in less developed nations, population dynamics/forecasts, policies to reduce fertility. prereq: Soc majors/minors must register A-F, credit will not be granted if credit has been received for 3511H
SOC 3681 - Gender and the Family in the Islamic World
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01847
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Experiences of Muslim women/families from historical/comparative perspective. Gender/family power relations in colonial representations, sexual politics, family, education/health, paid work, human rights, and Islamic feminism. prereq: At least soph; 1001 recommended
SOC 4246 - Sociology of Health and Illness
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Context of social, political, economic, and cultural forces and medical knowledge. Social meanings. How people seek help and manage illnesses. How doctors, nurses, and patients interact. Social movements surrounding health. prereq: One sociology course or instr consent; soc majors/minors must register A-F
FSCN 4614 - Community Nutrition (SOCS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Nutrition risks associated with different age, sex, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. Community needs assessment. Program planning and evaluation. Programs developed to address the needs and interests of people at different stages of the life cycle, ethnic or cultural backgrounds, and literacy levels. prereq: FSCN 1112
PUBH 3003 - Fundamentals of Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01062
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Scientific, sociocultural, and attitudinal aspects of alcohol and other drug abuse problems. Emphasizes incidence, high-risk populations, prevention, and intervention.
PUBH 3004 - Basic Concepts in Personal and Community Health
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01062 - PubH 3003/PubH 3004
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Scientific, sociocultural, and attitudinal aspects of communicable and degenerative diseases, environmental and occupational health hazards, and alcohol and drug problems. Role of education in health conservation, disease control, and drug abuse.
PUBH 3010 - Public Health Approaches to HIV/AIDS
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00354 - PubH 3010/6010
Typically offered: Every Fall
Primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention. Community responses to HIV/AIDS in Minnesota. Medical, social service, and political responses.
PUBH 3102 - Issues in Environmental and Occupational Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01063 - PubH 3102/PubH 6102
Typically offered: Every Fall
Scope of the field of environmental health. Concepts upon which environmental interventions are based. Consulting literature to identify appropriate interventions for community environmental health problems. Online course.
PUBH 3104 - Environmental Health Effects: Introduction to Toxicology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01528
Typically offered: Every Fall
Environment as determinant of disease in humans. Identifying biological mechanisms/effects of chemical, biological, and physical agents on human health. Principles of toxicology applied to toxicant-human interactions. prereq: Basic science coursework; undergrad coursework in [biology, chemistry, biochemistry] recommended
PUBH 3639 - Prevention: Theory, Practice, and Application in Public Health Services
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Current issues/controversies centered on prevention and health promotion. How they relate to health services and program implementation. prereq: Jr or sr
PUBH 3801 - Health Economics and Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: ApEc 3801/PubH 3801
Typically offered: Every Spring
Economics of health care markets. Problems faced by consumers/health care services. Builds on principles of supply/demand for health, health care/insurance, and role of government. Theoretical/empirical models/applications. prereq: Course on microeconomics, course on basic statistics
PUBH 3905 - Nutrition for Public Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00887 - PubH 3905/PubH 5905
Typically offered: Every Fall
Topics of contemporary interest. Concepts/facts about science of human nutrition discussed in relation to personal/community nutrition problems/concerns. Applied introductory course with labs. prereq: Jr or sr or instr consent
PUBH 3107 - Global Public Health and the Environment
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Environmental determinants of health/well-being of populations. Role of environment in public health. Population burden of disease. Variation of environmental public health determinants across globe. Interconnectedness of activities/actions of people in different countries. prereq: [3001 or 3004 or 3202], [3106 or 3350], public health minor, instr consent