Public health is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting human health through organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations (public and private), communities and individuals. Public health is a multidisciplinary field and modern public health practice requires multidisciplinary teams of public health workers and professionals. It engages people from many different disciplines who work together to uncover the root causes of complex health problems and develop practical and cost-effective solutions. On the other hand, health equity is the attainment of the highest level of health for all people according to Healthy People 2020. Health equity means efforts to ensure that all people have full and equal access to opportunities that enable them to lead healthy lives. 

Public Health and Equity Minor

The minor consists of 19 credits that includes 10 credits of required courses: MLSC 2060, BISC 4153 and a two-course capstone sequence (PBHE 4667 and PBHE 4997) that fosters community engagement. The remaining nine credits are selected from content areas, with at least one course completed in each of the three content areas of Biomedical, Cultural/Social and Education/Policy. In addition, at least one course within the 19 credits in the minor must be a Health Equity designated course as indicated by the footnote. All courses in the minor must be completed with grades of C- or higher and an overall grade point average of 2.000.    

Required Courses
MLSC 2060Public Health3
BISC 4153/7153Epidemiology 3
PBHE 4667Public Health and Equity Project Design (1 credit)1
PBHE 4997Public Health and Equity Capstone3
Content Areas - complete at least one course from each of the three content areas. At least one of these courses must also be designated as fulfilling the Health Equity cognate.9
Biomedical Content Area
Topics in Biomedical Engineering (Topic: Global Mobility) 1
Nutritional Aspects of Health
Outbreaks, Epidemics and Pandemics
Global Health 1
Biology, Moral Behavior and Policy
Modern Plagues: Stress, Trauma and Addiction
Introduction to Data Science
Mobile Health (mHealth)
Exercise is Medicine
Women's Health
Bioethics for Healthcare: Foundations, Dilemmas and Decision-Making 1
Biomedical Ethics
Health Psychology
Methods of Social Research
Cultural/Social Content Area
Culture, Law and Violence
Cultural Diversity in Communicating Health and Wellness
Domestic Violence in the United States
Sex Offenses and Offenders
Health Behavior 1
Culture and Health
HEALI 4931 Global Health and Community-Based Approach in Brazil
HEALI 4951 Global Health Concepts in South Africa
Community and Population Health Nursing 1
Culture, Health and Illness
Race, Gender and Medicine
Social Movements, Protest and Change 1
Food, Water and Society
Social Inequality 1
Sociology of Mental Illness
Immigrants and their Communities
Advocacy and Social Change: Theory and Practice
Theology and Global Health
Education/Policy Content Area
Public Health Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation 1
Health Communication
Health Communication Campaigns
Drug Crime and Policy in America
Family Violence and Public Intervention
Economics of Healthcare and Health Policy
Primary Health Care Concepts
Politics of U.S. Health Care
Comparative Health Politics and Policy
Health Care Systems
Social Welfare Policy and Services
Global Aid and Humanitarianism
Total Credit Hours:19


PBHE 4667. Public Health and Equity Project Design. 1 cr. hr.

Provides mentorship in the design and development of a project that is completed in the capstone course. Includes researching a topic of interest, defining a scope of project and securing a faculty mentor and community partner/organization. S/U grade assessment. Prereq: Declared Public Health and Equity minor, MLSC 2060 and Sr. stndg.

PBHE 4931. Topics in Public Health and Equity. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Selected topics in Public Health and Equity. Specific topics are designated in the Schedule of Classes.

PBHE 4997. Public Health and Equity Capstone. 3 cr. hrs.

A culminating, integrated experiential course for students pursuing a minor in Public Health. Students complete the project developed in PBHE 4667 in a real-world setting through partnership with a community based, governmental or global health organization. Prereq: PBHE 4667.

PBHE 6947. Medical College of Wisconsin Global Health Dual Credit. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Graduate-level course in selected areas of global health equity offered at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Prereq: Admission into the MCW Global Health Equity MS program.