Public Health


The Public Health minor enables preprofessional students to acquire public health knowledge that complements their career paths. The minor is designed for students going into careers other than public health who can benefit from public health knowledge in the delivery of their services. A few examples of these careers include anthropology, dentistry, environmental engineering, health education, medicine, nursing, nutritional sciences, occupational therapy, physician assistant, and psychology.

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Students interested in public health careers should consider a combination-degree program rather than this minor.

For students in the College of Public Health and Health Professions, successful completion of this minor satisfies the 9-credit college elective requirement and six credits of general elective credit. Therefore, no additional credits beyond 120 are required for graduation with a minor in public health.

Students must have completed the prerequisites for the BPH program with minimum grades of C to be considered for a minor. Prerequisites include:

  • Junior status (60+ credits)
  • 3.0 overall GPA
  • 3.0 prerequisite GPA
  • Completion of the following:
    BSC 2005Biological Sciences3
    or BSC 2010 Integrated Principles of Biology 1
    PSY 2012General Psychology3
    STA 2023Introduction to Statistics 13
    Select one:3
    Abnormal Psychology
    Developmental Psychology
    Health Psychology

Students may transfer up to three credits of approved coursework toward the minor. All remaining credits must be taken from the course list below.

Interested students should submit the required UF application to add or cancel a minor. Students also must submit a proposed plan of study that includes courses for the minor.
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Application materials should be submitted to the Bachelor of Public Health office in the College of Public Health and Health Professions, HPNP 4150. Minors are considered on a space-available basis. Students within the Bachelors of Health Science program are only able to apply one of their core curriculum courses towards the public health minor.

The communication sciences and disorders program and health science program also offers minors.
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Required Courses

PHC 4101Public Health Concepts3
Select four:12
US Health Care System
Global Public Health
Critical Issues in Public Health
Applied Epidemiology
Introduction to Biostatistics for Health Science and Public Health
Environmental Concepts in Public Health
Rehabilitation Aspects of Substance Abuse
Total Credits15

Counting Credits for Undergraduate or Graduate Degrees

Undergraduates who are interested in public health as a career path, but do not want to pursue the Bachelors of Public Health, should consider the Bachelors/MPH Combination Degree. This would allow courses taken in a student’s senior year to count toward an MPH degree.
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