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Undergraduate Programs

Minors

We offer four different minors, three in the social sciences (SS) academic division and one in the humanities (H) academic division:

Overlapping Classes

Students can choose to major, minor, or complete a cluster within the public health-related programs, but they cannot do more than one. Due to our program’s interdisciplinary nature, no more than one course can overlap between a public health minor and another program of study.

Pre-Health Students

A public health-related major can easily integrate with an interest in the health professions, such as medical or dental school. Pre-health students may approach completing the necessary pre-health admission requirements in several different ways. It is to the applicants' advantage to tailor their schedules to reflect their specific needs and strengths. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with a health professions advisor for further program planning assistance.

Minor in Bioethics

This minor examines major ethical and legal questions that arise in medicine and public health, and the frameworks in which individual, social, and political moral decisions should be made.

The bioethics minor is intended for students who want to explore a secondary interest in the philosophical study of ethical controversies in biology, medicine, and public health. This minor comprises six courses and fulfills the humanities academic division of the Rochester Curriculum.

Required Courses

PH 101: Introduction to Public Health I
PSC/PH 236: Healthcare and Law

Plus one of the following:

  • PHL 225: Ethical Decisions in Medicine
  • PHL 228: Public Health Ethics

Plus three of the following:

  • PHL 102: General Ethics
  • PHL 103: Contemporary Moral Problems
  • PHL 220: Recent Ethical Theory
  • PHL 223: Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHL 225: Ethical Decisions in Medicine
  • PHL 228: Public Health Ethics
  • PHL 226: Philosophy of Law
  • PHL 230: Environmental Justice
  • MHB 210: Bioethics at the Bedside

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Minor in Epidemiology

This minor examines the principles and skills required to examine factors associated with the development and prevention of disease.

The epidemiology minor is intended for students who want to explore a secondary interest in population medicine, or those who wish to apply the skills of their major concentration to population health. This minor comprises six courses and fulfills the social sciences academic division of the Rochester Curriculum.

Required Courses

PH 101: Introduction to Public Health I
PH 103: Concepts of Epidemiology

Plus one of the following:

  • STT 211: Applied Statistics for Social Sciences I
  • STT 212: Applied Statistics for Biology and Physical Sciences I

Plus three of the following:

  • PM 414: History of Epidemiology
  • PM 415: Principles of Epidemiology
  • PM 413: Field Epidemiology
  • PM 424: Chronic Diseases Epidemiology
  • PM 451: Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • PM 470: Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
  • PM 489: Injury Epidemiology and Emergency Care Research Methods

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Minor in Health, Behavior and Society

This minor examines the psychological and societal structures and mechanisms that affect human health and health behavior.

The health, behavior and society minor is intended for students who want to explore a secondary interest in the social or behavioral medicine, or those who wish to apply the skills of their major concentration to population health. This minor comprises six courses and fulfills the social sciences academic division of the Rochester Curriculum.

Required Courses

PH 101: Introduction to Public Health I
PH 116: Introduction to the U.S. Health System

Plus four of the following:

  • ANT 216: Medical Anthropology
  • CAS 397: European Health Science Internship
  • CSP/PSY 283: Behavioral Medicine
  • HIS 202: Health, Medicine and Social Reform
  • HIS 203: Changing Concepts of Health and Illness
  • HIS 204: History of International and Global Health
  • PH 215: Public Health Anthropology
  • PH 216: Peer Health Advocacy
  • PH 265: Global Health

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Minor in Health Policy

This minor examines health policy in relation to the organization, financing, and provision of health care in the US, including its history and the role of health policy analysis in assessing population health.

The health policy minor is intended for students who want to explore a secondary interest in the fields of health care administration or health policy and planning, or those who wish to apply the skills of their major concentration to population health. This minor comprises six courses and fulfills the social sciences academic division of the Rochester Curriculum.

Required Courses

PH 101: Introduction to Public Health I

Plus one of the following:

  • PH 116: Introduction to the U.S. Health System
  • PM 421: U.S. Health Care System

Plus four of the following:

  • CAS 397: European Health Science Internship
  • ECO 207: Intermediate Microeconomics
  • ECO 230: Economic Statistics
  • ECO 236: Economics of Health
  • HIS 373W: Health Policy and Politics
  • PH 230: Law in Public Health Practice or PH 236: Health Care and Law
  • PSC 200: Applied Data Analysis
  • PSC 243: Environmental Politics or PSC 246: Environmental Law and Policy or PSC 247: Green Markets: Environmental Pitfalls and Opportunities*

*Only one of the three courses listed can be used as an elective

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