The Minor in Public Health Sciences prepares undergraduate students for study in the field of public health.  The educational objectives, core competencies and learning outcomes for the minor are based on the Undergraduate Learning Outcomes Model developed by the Associations of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Association for Prevention Teaching and Research, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The ASPPH represents the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)-accredited member schools and programs.  The UC Davis M.P.H. program is a member of ASPPH and its public health graduate degrees are accredited by CEPH.

About the Public Health Sciences Minor

The Public Health Sciences minor offers undergraduate students a foundation of knowledge for those who plan to enter the field of public health immediately following graduation and for those planning to earn an advanced degree in Public Health or a related field including medicine, nursing, and dentistry.  It is open to students from all four colleges at UC Davis.  The minor in Public Health Sciences offers the option of doing an internship for 2 - 4 elective units.

Students who complete the minor in Public Health Sciences will demonstrate the following:

  1. Knowledge of key content regarding epidemiology and biostatistics, major health conditions, disease prevention strategies, and health disparities.
  2. Knowledge of key determinants of health and disease, including biological factors, individual behavior, and social, political, and cultural influences.
  3. Ability to communicate orally and in writing about concepts in epidemiology and biostatistics, disease prevention, and health disparities.

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Students must complete 20 approved units in the minor program in Public Health. Eleven (11) of the 20-unit minimum are covered by the three required courses. The remaining 9 elective units of coursework may be selected from approved courses in Public Health or from other approved electives.  See the full listing of undergraduate education courses.