College of Public Health Catalog 2015/2016

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General Public Health Minor

(See also USF Undergraduate Catalog at:

The goal of the General Public Health Minor is to develop in a broad range of students an understanding and appreciation of the field of Public Health

Upon completion of the General Public Health Minor coursework, a student will be able to:

  1. Articulate the role of public health in disease prevention and health promotion at the local, state, national and global level.
  2. Describe public health functions and concepts.
  3. Discuss and analyze current public health issues.
  4. Describe career paths in public health.
  5. Develop an understanding of public health that can serve as a foundation for the pursuit of graduate public health degrees.

The General Public Health Minor consists of 18 credit hours

It is recommended that students follow the sequence of courses listed below. These courses will give students a broad overview of public health concepts. Departmental courses can then be selected from a wide range of College of Public Health courses in consultation with the undergraduate academic advisors. Students are encouraged to select departmental courses that provide a cohesive learning experience based on their individual interests and goals and may involve selecting courses from a department or emphasis area, assisted by academic advisors in the student’s major and College of Public Health.

Required Courses (9 credit hours) 

PHC 4101 

Introduction to Public Health  


HSC 4551 

Survey of Human Diseases  


PHC 4030 

Introduction to Epidemiology 


Elective Departmental Courses (9 credit hours) 

HSC 2130 

Sex, Health and Decision-Making  


PHC 3302 

Introduction to Environmental & Occupational Health 


HSC 2100 

Contemporary Health Science  


HSC 4537 

Medical Terminology  


HSC 3541 

Human Structure and Function 


PHC 4031 

Emerging Infectious Diseases 


PHC 4069 

Biostatistics in Society 


HSC 4134 

Prevention of Mental Illness 


HSC 4172 

Women’s Health: A Public Health Perspective  


HSC 4211 

Health, Behavior and Society 


PHC 4406 

Pop Culture, Vices and Epidemiology 


HSC 4504 

Foundations of Public Health Immunology 


PHC 4542 

Stress, Health and College Life 


HSC 4573 

Foundations of Food Safety 


HSC 4579 

Foundations of Maternal and Child Health 


HSC 4624 

Foundations of Global Health 


HSC 4630 

Understanding U.S. Health Care 


HSC 4631 

Critical Issues in Public Health 


PHC 4720 

Foundations of Professional Writing in Public Health 


PHC 4931 

Health Care Ethics 


HSC 4933 

Special Topics in Public Health 


PHC 4942 

Public Health Field Seminar 


HSC 4933   Special Topics in Public Health** 


Foundations of Infection Control 


**Please see academic advisor for selection of special topics courses.

Other special topics subjects may be offered depending upon student demand and instructor availability.

It is highly recommended that you meet with an advisor in the College of Public Health early to verify coursework to make sure your minor requirement will be meet by your semester of graduation.

University Requirements

 (Each academic minor must conform):

  1. A minimum of 8 semester hours of credit used to satisfy the requirements of a minor must be from USF courses.
  2. A student desiring a minor must have a major in a different program option.
  3. USF coursework for a minor must have a GPA of at least 2.0.
  4. Only an undergraduate degree-seeking student at USF is eligible for a minor.
  5. A minor can be applied for and received only in conjunction with applying for and receiving a baccalaureate degree except for students who have already received a baccalaureate degree from USF who may earn certification of a minor by taking additional undergraduate coursework at the University and applying for the certification.


Declaring a General Public Health Minor 

Make sure you have completed all 18 hours of required and elective courses

You will declare the General Public Health minor on your Bachelor’s Degree Application when you are preparing to graduate. (Check with your department and the Registrar's Office on semesters deadlines for the application)

The minor will be displayed on your USF official transcript. You will not receive any tangible documentations or certificates from the College of Public Health for completion of the General Public Health minor.

For more information, contact the:

Undergraduate Academic Advisor



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