The undergraduate minor in Public Health is designed to provide students
with a basic understanding of the social, cultural, and biological dimensions
of health. The minor curriculum provides students with the intellectual and
methodological tools needed to understand the joint bio-cultural determinants
and contexts of health, health care and public health.
Graduates with a minor in Public Health will be prepared for pursuit of
graduate degrees in a broad range of fields, including the natural, social and
behavioral sciences, public health, law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy,
nursing, business administration, and health services research. The program is
especially appropriate for students intending to pursue careers in public
health, as well as primary care specialties in medicine, nursing, or health
policy and administration.
To earn a minor in Public Health, a minimum of 24 semester hours are required, of which 12 must be upper-division and taken from CU Denver faculty. Students must achieve no less than a C (2.0) in each course applied toward minor requirements. Up to 6 credit hours completed toward a major or minor in another department may be counted toward the minor in Public Health.
Tier 1: General Public Health
All students pursuing the public health minor are required to take the following two courses:
- PBHL 2001 - Introduction To Public Health
- PBHL 3001 - Introduction to Epidemiology
Total: 8 Hours
Tier 2: Public Health Foci
Choose at least two of the following four courses:
- PBHL 2020 - Introduction to Environmental Health
- PBHL 3030 - Health Policy
- PBHL 3070 - Perspectives in Global Health
- PBHL 4040 - Social Determinants of Health
Note: Students may elect to take all four of these courses in lieu of taking two of the elective courses listed in Tier 4 below.
Total: 6 Hours
Tier 3: Biological Background
Choose one of the following three courses:
- ANTH 1303 - Introduction to Biological Anthropology
- BIOL 1550 - Basic Biology: Ecology and the Diversity of Life
- BIOL 1560 - Basic Biology: From Cells to Organisms
Total: 4 Hours
Tier 4: Electives
Choose two of the following courses from the Pre-Approved Elective List. 1 of the 2 required electives must be a PBHL course.
Total: 6 Hours
Total: 24 Hours
Check the department website for additional course offerings.