Frequently Asked Questions

Can the minor courses be taken in any order? 

The minor courses can be taken in any order. Typically freshmen and sophomore students will begin their minor trajectory by completing elective requirements first and then enrolling in core requirements (SPH 101 and up). 

Can SPH 104, SPH 113, and VME 057V be used as electives? 

You will need to choose one of the three courses to satisfy core requirements. The other two courses may be used as elective options. 

How many times can FAP 192 be taken for credit? 

For FAP 192 (previously known as FAP 192C), a maximum of 2 units are allowed to count toward the minor. 

How many times can FAP 195 be taken for credit?

For FAP 195 (Health Care to Underserved Population, 1 unit), a maximum of 2 units  are allowed to count towards the minor.

Can I overlap any classes between my major and my public health science minor? 

Yes, you are allowed to overlap one class between your major and the public health science minor. 

When can I declare the public health science minor? 

If you want to have the completion of a minor certified on your transcript, you must complete the Minor Declaration webform no later than the deadline for filing for graduation. To declare your minor, you must submit a "petition to declare a minor" which can be found on Oasis under "forms and petitions".  List completed/registered courses and submit the form. ALL 20 units of approved coursework must be listed on the petition form for it to be processed. 

Is an internship a requirement for the minor? 

While you can receive units for public health internships that can count as elective units toward the minor, an internship is not a requirement. 

Can I take courses for P/NP credit?

Required core courses must be taken for a letter grade however, electives can be taken for P/NP credit. Please also note that each college specifies the total number of units towards graduation which you may take as P/NP. Consult your major advisor.

Can I take SPH 190 more than once? 

Yes, SPH 190 can be taken up to two times for credit. 

Can courses I take at community college count towards the minor? 

Please email the undergraduate program advisor to find out if your course can count towards the minor. If the course is from a California community college, the most current course-to-course articulation data is now on the ASSIST site.

How many electives do I need to take for the minor? 

Depending on the combined units from required core courses (typically 11-12) students need to take (2-3) electives to reach the 20 units needed for the minor. 

Can I use more than one lower division course to count toward the minor?

No, you can only use one lower division course to count towards  minor completion. For example, if you use VME 057V as a core course, you cannot use any lower division courses as electives.

Is there a deadline for submitting my minor declaration?
Yes, the deadline for submitting your minor declaration is the same as the deadline to file for graduation the quarter you are graduating. Please see the dates and deadlines on the Office of the University Registrar's website for more information.

Can I submit my minor declaration after the deadline has passed?
It is not recommended that you submit your minor declaration after the deadline. Please reach out to an advisor if you plan to submit after the deadline to verify that all coursework is completed.

I took STA 13 (or its equivalent course at a community college) and took STA 100. Can I use both to count towards the minor?
No, you can only use one statistics course to count towards the minor.

I got a notification stating that my minor coursework needs to be manually checked by an advisor. What do I need to do?

If your minor declaration on OASIS is approved by all departments, there is nothing for you to do. A final check to verify minor completed will happen after the end of your final quarter for degree certification.

Do I have to take SPH 107C and SPH 102?

No, you can only take 1 of these courses.