Public Health Minor

Public Health Minor


Public Health Minor


Public Health Minor

Program Overview

Public Health is an interdisciplinary field that combines the evaluation of the structural, behavioral, environmental and biological determinants of health with evidence-based policy development to protect and improve the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations, locally and globally. The Public Health Minor is designed for students interested in pursuing careers that focus on improving public health. Current Health Science, Environmental Studies & Science, Biology, and Psychology majors are particularly suited for this area of study as well as students from all majors with an interest in public health. This minor requires that students take five courses (a minimum of 15 credits) across at least TWO disciplines from the following list. At least ONE course should be a 300-level course. PLEASE NOTE:  Some courses listed below have prerequisite requirements.

Requirements for the Public Health Minor

You can declare a minor as early as your second semester at Pace -- as long as your over GPA is 2.0 or higher. Here's how:

  1. Complete a Change of Major form
  2. Obtain a signature from the department that oversees the minor you wish to add
  3. Submit the completed and signed form to the Office of Student Assistance
  4. Students must speak to Academic Advisor

Course Requirements

Students are required to take five courses across at least two host programs from the following list. At least one course should be a 300-level course.

Health Science Courses

HSC 200 Health Care for Diverse Populations 3 Credits
HSC 210 Health Care Policy 3 Credits
HSC 305 Introduction to Epidemiology and Evidence-Based Practice 3 Credits
HSC 315 Global Health IT and Innovations 3 Credits
HSC 320 Global Primary Health Care: An Introduction 3 Credits
HSC 330 Environmental Health  


Biology Courses

BIO 205 Concepts in Environmental Science 3 Credits
BIO 231 Genetics 4 Credits
BIO 264 Microbiology 4 Credits
BIO 306 Advanced Microbiology 3 Credits
BIO 339C Topic: Cancer Cell Biology 3-4 Credits
BIO 345 Introduction to Toxicology 3 Credits
BIO 359 Immunology 4 Credits
BIO 357 Parasitology 3 Credits
BIO 358 Introduction to Virology 3 Credits


Environmental Studies and Science Courses

ENV 115 Healthy Living in Our World 3 Credits
ENV 201 Fundamentals of Environmental Science I  
ENV 202 Fundamentals of Environmental Science II  
ENV 245 Environmental Justice  
ENV 265 Multiple Environmental Knowledges  
ENV 285 Food Revolutions  
ENV 260 Climate Change 3 Credits
ENV 297M Humans and Ecosystems  
ENV 297P Urban Environmental Geography  
ENV 310 Environmental Policy and Sustainable Governance 3 Credits
ENV 320 Environmental Assessment 3 Credits


Psychology Courses

PSY 296K Understanding a Globalized World Travel Course
PSY 202 Psychology of Violence 3 Credits
PSY 209 Health Psychology 3 Credits
PSY 278 Environmental Psychology 3 Credits
PSY 311 Biological Psychology 4 Credits
PSY 375 Lifespan Development Psychology 4 Credits
PSY 696P Psychology of Health, Well-Being, and Happiness: Biopsychosocial, Cultural, & Spiritual Perspectives