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Minor in Public Health

Minor in Community Health Services

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.

Program Requirements

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 2000 - Introduction To Public Health
  • PBHL 3010 - Human Sexuality and Public Health

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:

  • PBHL 2051 - Introduction To Population Studies
  • PBHL 3010 - Human Sexuality and Public Health
  • PBHL 3021 - Fundamentals of Health Promotion
  • PBHL 3031 - Health, Human Biology and Behavior
  • PBHL 3041 - Health, Culture and Society
  • PBHL 3071 - Global Topics In Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • PBHL 4080 - Global Health Practice
  • PBHL 4200 - The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic
  • ANTH 4090 - Political Economy of Drugs
  • ANTH 4260 - Human Reproductive Ecology
  • COMM 4500 - Health Communication
  • COMM 4620 - Health Risk Communication
  • GEOG 4235 - GIS Applications in the Health Sciences
  • HBSC 4021 - Community Health Assessment
  • PSYC 3235 - Human Sexuality
  • PSYC 3262 - Health Psychology
  • SOCY 3520 - Topics in Sociology (when Medical Sociology is the topic)

Total: 6 Hours

Total: 24 Hours

Check the department website for additional course offerings.