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Public and Global Health Minor

Do you have a desire to learn more about complex health issues, the ability to think critically and creatively, and a desire for career passion? Through classes in the public and global health minor, you’ll learn to apply your academic and professional interests to help solve issues relating to public and global health. You’ll get to choose from a variety of disciplines, including biostatistics and epidemiology; health policy, systems and administration; environmental health; biosocial determinants of health and disease; or disease prevention and health promotion. You’ll have opportunities to attend the annual Global Health Conference, conduct research with the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department and award-winning WSC faculty, including a Fulbright Global Scholar, addressing non-communicable diseases in Nepal and Ethiopia. Wayne State also has agreements with UNMC College of Public Health graduate programs. The Public Health Early Admission Student Track (PHEAST) allows sophomores to apply for early admission to UNMC and includes a scholarship for remaining semesters at WSC. You can also fast-track your career by completing your BS and MPH in 3+2 years. If you want to help address biological and social problems affecting public and global health matters, a minor in public and global health might be for you!

Required Courses: 21 hours

A minor must include a minimum of 12 hours unduplicated by your major(s) and minor(s).

  • PGH 200 Introduction to Personal, Public, and Global Health (3)
  • MAT 180 Probability and Statistics or SSC 319 Social Statistics (3)
  • SSC 300 Social Science Research Methods (3)
  • *Electives (12)

*Students will select elective courses from at least two different prefixes and at least two of the public health domains from the list below by advisement. Advisor-approved electives must be on file with the registrar at least one semester prior to anticipated graduation. At least 12 credits in the minor must be unduplicated in the student’s major, and 50% of the minor must be from 300-400 level courses. 

Biostatistics and Epidemiology Domain 

  • CIS 132 Principles of Computer Information Systems (3)
  • GEO 320 Urban Geography (3)
  • GEO 430 Geographic Information Systems (3)
  • MAT 180 Probability and Statistics (3)
  • MAT 140 Calculus I (5)
  • MAT 250 Calculus II (5)
  • SSC 319 Social Statistics (3)

Health Policy, Systems and Administration Domain

  • CJA 460 Emergency Management (3)
  • POS 110 World Politics (3)
  • POS 445 Public Administration (3)
  • POS 430 Public Policy (3)

Environmental Health Domain

  • BIO 145 Environmental Studies Seminar (1-2)
  • BIO 325 Ecology (4)
  • BIO 345 Conservation Biology (3)
  • CHE 400 Environmental Chemistry (3)
  • GEO 410 Hazards and Disasters (3)

Prevention and Promotions Domain

  • CNA 262 Writing for Mass Media (3)
  • CNA 418 Health Communication (3)
  • CNA 467 Intercultural Communication (3)
  • CSL 202 Introduction to Human Service Counseling (3)
  • FCS 115 Human development and the Family (3)
  • FCS 317 Nutrition through the Lifecycle (3)
  • FCS 222 International Foods and Cultures (3)
  • FCS 340 Community Nutrition (3)
  • PEd 400 Cardiac Rehab (3)
  • HSC 345 CPR for Healthcare Providers (1)
  • HSC 443 Rural Health Issues (1-2)
  • PSY 230 Life Span Development (3)
  • PSY 345 Health Psychology (3)
  • PSY 406 Death and Dying (3)
  • SPA 306 Spanish for Health Professionals (3)
  • PGH 391 Special Project (1-3)
  • PGH 396 Independent Study (honors only) (1-3)

Biosocial Determinants of Health and Disease Domain

  • BIO 385 Microbiology (4)
  • GEO 315 World Economic Geography (3)
  • SOC 110 Introduction to Anthropology (3)
  • SOC 345 Race and Ethnic Relations (3)
  • SOC 408 Sociology of Mental Health (3)
  • SOC 420 Environmental Sociology (3)
  • SOC 460 Social Inequalities (3)

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