Public Health Minor (21 units total)


Minor in Public Health Coursework PDF File Opens in new window


Public Health focuses on understanding and promoting health in diverse populations. Public health research reflects the range of diverse health problems, settings and populations. The approach considers the multi-level determinants of health and well-being, including individuals, groups, organizations and communities. An important aspect of this process involves empowering people to change the factors that influence their health and well-being, be it within the individual or in their social environment.

Lower-Division Required Courses (6 units)

  • PUBH 115: Introduction to Environmental Health


  • PUBH 201: Introduction to Public Health

Upper-Division Required Courses (6 units)

**Any 400-level Public Health (PUBH) course not used in Elective requirements.**

Pick from the following list:

400-level Public Health (PUBH) Courses (all courses are 3 units):

  • PUBH 400: Program Design in KNES & Health Promotion
  • PUBH 401: Epidemiology
  • PUBH 402: Intro to the U.S. Healthcare System
  • PUBH 405: Worksite Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation
  • PUBH 410: Community Health Education
  • PUBH 411: Promoting Health in Diverse Populations
  • PUBH 415: Environmental Health
  • PUBH 416: Global Issues in Environmental Health
  • PUBH 420: Chronic Disease Epidemiology (prereq: PUBH 401)
  • PUBH 421: Infectious Disease Epidemiology (prereq: PUBH 401)
  • PUBH 424: Health Policy
  • PUBH 425: Alternative Healing Therapies
  • PUBH 426: Spirituality and Health
  • PUBH 440: Determinants of Health Behavior
  • PUBH 450: Applied Health Promotion in Aging Pops.
  • PUBH 455: Designing Health Education Curricula
  • PUBH 460: Worksite Health Promotion
  • PUBH 461: Occupational Health and Safety
  • PUBH 462: Environmental Toxicology and Health
  • PUBH 463: Air Pollution and Health
  • PUBH 465: Introduction to International Health
  • PUBH 466: Hazardous Material Regulations & Emergency Response
  • PUBH 470: Childhood Obesity, Nutrition & Social Context (prereq: PUBH 350)
  • PUBH 472: Nutritional Assessment (prereq: PUBH 350)
  • PUBH 480: Transdisciplinary Perspectives on HIV/AIDS (prereq: PUBH 401)
  • PUBH 481: Health in a Global Society

Electives Courses (9 units)

Public Health Electives (3-9 Units)

**3-9 units of any 300- or 400-level Public Health (PUBH) course not used in the PUBH Required Courses**

Pick from the above 400-level PUBH Course list OR from the following 300-level PUBH Course list:

300-level Public Health (PUBH) Courses (all courses are 3 units):

PUBH 301 Promotion of Optimal Health
PUBH 321 Drugs and Society
PUBH 325 Consumer Health
PUBH 342 Stress Management
PUBH 349 Measurement and Statistics in PUBH
PUBH 350 Nutrition
PUBH 353 Physical Activity and Lifelong Well-Being
PUBH 358 Contemporary Issues in Children’s Health  

Elective Courses from Other Departments (0-6 units of any of the following):

AFAM 304       The Black Family                            
AMST 438                         American Minds: Images of Sickness and Health     
ANTH 308  Culture and Aging
ANTH 315  Culture and Nutrition
ANTH 322 Human Behavioral Ecology   
ANTH 342    Anthropology and Health     
ANTH 344 Human Evolution 
ASAM 300 Intro. to Asian Pacific American Studies
ASAM 340 Asian American Communication
ASAM 342 Asian Pacific American Families   
ASAM 346 Asian American Psychology   
BIOL 300    Environmental Biology    
BIOL 302   General Microbiology
BIOL 305 Human Heredity and Development      
BIOL 306  Biology of Aging     
BIOL 310  Human Physiology     
BIOL 360  Biology of Human Sexuality   
BIOL 361    Human Anatomy**
CAS 328 Child Life Theory and Practice
CAS 365 Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting
CHEM 301A   Organic Chemistry
CHEM 301B   Organic Chemistry
CHEM 311   Nutrition and Disease            
CHEM 313A   Air Pollution
CHEM 313B Water Pollution
CHEM 313C  Land Pollution
CHIC 305  The Chicano Family     
COUN 350 Leadership Skills and Personal Development
GEOG 321 Nature & Society
KNES 348  The Physiology of Exercise 
KNES 351  Principles of Conditioning
KNES 432      Applied Exercise Psychology               
KNES 454     Physical Activity and the Aging Process 
PHIL 313 Environmental Ethics
PHIL 314   Medical Ethics
POSC 320 Introduction to Public Management and Policy
PSYCH  312     Psych of Human Sexual Behavior             
PSYCH  341     Abnormal Psychology     
PSYCH 351    Social Psychology    
PSYCH 362  Psychology of Aging 
PSYCH 391  Industrial/Organizational Psychology
SOCI 300 Introduction to Social Welfare      
SOCI 354   Sex Roles and Gender  
SOCI 360 Sociology of Death and Dying
SOCI 361 Population and the Environment
SOCI 381 Sociology of Human Sexuality
SOCI 385  Family Violence    
SOCI 443 Sociology and Aging   
SPED 371 Exceptional Individual    

: A Public Health minor will need to contact the PUBH Advisors to be permitted to enroll in some PUBH 400-level courses.

In completing the requirements for the minor, a minimum of twelve (12) units, of which at least six (6) must be upper division, must be distinct and different from the units used to complete the requirements of the major.  Any units above this minimum requirement, which can be used to satisfy both the requirements for the minor and for the major may be double counted.  General education courses, however, may be used to meet minor requirements. 

Coursework must be taken for a letter grade and a “C-” or better is required to pass courses applied to the minor. In order to graduate with a Public Health Minor a minimum Minor GPA of a 2.0 is required.

Contact: Advisors: Alysia Rivera and Jackie Blyleven PUBHadvising@fullerton.eduOpens in new window in KHS 193.