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Health Careers Program

Public Health Minor

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The minor in public health provides a multi-disciplinary approach to recognizing, evaluating, understanding and responding to factors that may affect the health of individuals, communities and populations. It includes courses from the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and mathematics to educate students about various approaches to public health. Additionally, the minor is designed to give a comprehensive overview of a viable health science career path.
 
Upon successful completion of the minor, students will be able to
1. demonstrate an understanding of scientific inquiry, statistics, and the behavioral, economic, political, social and humanistic approaches to health;
2. demonstrate an understanding of the variety of issues that affect public health, including ethical and social justice issues (e.g., disparities in health care among populations), and the variety of behavioral issues that affect the public health of society;
3. demonstrate an enhanced set of research skills by participation in service learning and internship experiences;
4. identify career options in public health.

Requirements

The minor requires the completion of fifteen (15) credit hours. 

Required Core Courses
All core courses will be available through the Public Health Sciences Institute at Morehouse College.

• (MC) BIO 240 Introduction to Public Health (3)
• (MC) BIO 330 Introduction to Epidemiology (3)
• (MC) BIO 340 Biostatistics (3)

Electives
Two electives may be selected from the following list.

Clark Atlanta University
• CPHI 231 Ethics and Human Values (3)
• CBIO 261 Environmental Biology (4)
• CPSC 220 Introduction to Public Policy (3)
• CPSC 372 Comparative Public Policy (3)
• CHPE 300 Psychological and Social Health (3)
• CSCJ 308 Medical Sociology (3)
• CUSW 350 Issues of Health Disparities among Minority Populations (3)
• CUSW 142 Mental Health Issues of Diverse Groups and Women (3)

Morehouse College
• BIO 497 Environmental Biology (3)
• PHI 315 Philosophy of Science (3)
• PHI 475B Bioethics (3)
• PSC 361 Ethics and Public Policy (3)
• PSC 476 Political Anthropology (3)
• PSC 482 International Ethics (3)
• PSY 393 Health/Medical Psychology (3)
• SOC 156 Men in Society
• SOC 202 Cultural Anthropology
• SOC 305 Urban and Community Sociology
• SOC 340 Medical Sociology (3)
• SOC 341 The Life Cycle and Aging
• SOC 356 Demography, Ecology, and Environment (3)

Spelman College
• BIO/ES 314 Environmental Biology (4)
• CHEM/ES 453 Environmental Chemistry (4)
• CHEM/ES 411 Toxicology (4)
• CWS/SOC 430 Special Topics: Violence against Women (3)
• IS 211 Introduction to International Studies (4)
• PHI 130 Introduction to Ethics (4)
• REL 285 Religion, Women, and Violence in Global Perspective (4)
• PSC 320 Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
• PSC 322 Legislative Process (4)
• PSY 420 Mental Health Practicum (4)
• PSY 200b Risky Behaviors, Social Influence, and HIV/AIDS (4)
• ANTH 305 Gender and Sexuality in Cross Cultural Perspective (4)
• ANTH 322 Urban Anthropology (4)
• ANTH 404 The Anthropology of Globalization (4)
• ANTH 444 Food and Culture (4)
• SOC 242 Health-Sociological and Economic Perspectives (4)
• SOC 301 Violence against Women (4)
• SOC 321 Community Organizing (4)
• SOC 402 The Sociology of Health (4)

All classes offered outside the Institute may be taken upon approval from an academic advisor. A list of approved courses will be generated each semester to ensure that the electives taken are sufficient to meet the objectives noted above. Also to assist advisement, syllabi of all elective courses will be requested and kept on file at the Institute. All minor verifications for acknowledgement on the Spelman
transcript will be completed by the Associate Provost of Research.

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