Public Health Minor


Public Health is the science dedicated to health promotion and disease prevention in communities. The primary objective of the Public Health minor is to give students pursuing other degree programs a population/community perspective of health that has diverse applications for graduate programs and in health careers. Students will be able to make connections between their area of study and public health concepts including injury and disease prevention, laws and policies, and understanding health disparities.


All current UHM students from other departments requesting to declare the Public Health minor must meet with a public health academic advisor. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 is required for admission. Schedule appointments with an advisor at


Students must take the prerequisite course, PH 201 - Introduction to Public Health and receive a grade of B- or better.

Public Health Minor Requirement (15 credits)
15 credits are required to graduate with a minor in Public Health. The courses listed below for the PH minor must be taken for letter grade and must be completed with a grade of C (not C-) or higher. Courses for the PH minor cannot be used to satisfy general education core and/or major and other minor requirements.

PH 202 – Public Health Issues in Hawaii (3 cr) (Prerequisite: PH 201)
PH 203 – Introduction to Global Health (3cr) (Prerequisite: PH 201)
PH 310 – Introduction to Epidemiology (3 cr) (Prerequisite: PH 201, and PH 210 or MATH 140 or MATH 161 or higher)
Public Health-Approved Upper Division Elective (3 cr) (Prerequisite: varies)
Public Health-Approved Upper Division Elective (3 cr) (Prerequisite: varies)

Public health is by nature interdisciplinary and students are encouraged to take electives in areas outside of the department. In addition to taking upper division courses in the public health department, students can refer to the list of approved electives offered in other departments to complete the 6 credits of advisor-approved upper division public health electives