|Public Health Minors at Boston University|
Boston University offers an undergraduate minor in public health in conjunction with the Boston University School of Public Health. Administration of the minor is conducted through Sargent College’s Health Science Program Office, 635 Commonwealth Ave., Room 405. The minor is designed to introduce the interdisciplinary field that addresses environmental, social, and behavioral determinants of health.
There are no specific prerequisites, but it is recommended that students take PH510 prior to taking the public health electives. Students in the public health minor must be aware that courses which have been applied toward an undergraduate public health minor cannot be counted towards a graduate degree in public health, even if the courses are in excess of the credits required for a bachelor’s degree at Boston University. In addition, the 500-level courses from the School of Public Health may not be applied towards a graduate degree at the School of Public Health.
Some courses are taught on the Medical Campus, while others are taught at the Charles River Campus. A free shuttle bus service is available for students to transport them between campuses. Note that if you are contemplating a graduate program in public health and you will graduate with more than 128 credits, any graduate level SPH courses (numbered 700 or higher) could potentially be counted for graduate school credit. For a more detailed discussion of credit counting for graduate school, see Undergraduate Programs in Public Health.
The following four courses are required:
Introduction to Public Health:
One of the following International Health courses:
One of the following epidemiology courses:
One of the following statistics courses:
A minimum of two courses from the following list of Public Health Electives are required (note that other SPH courses may be substituted with the permission of the director of the Public Health Minor or the Assistant Dean for Education at SPH):
* Most MPH candidates take EH708, while MPH students concentrating in Environmental Health take EH765.
** Most MPH candidates take LW707, while MPH students concentrating in Health Law take LW751.
*** Students who decide to enter an MPH program should be aware that undergraduate course work cannot be counted for graduate programs. In addition, graduate courses that were used to fulfill any undergraduate requirements including the Public Health Minor, cannot be counted for a graduate program. For students who undertake an MPH at BU SPH, successful completion of HP353 can waive the requirement for PM702 if they are not concentrating in Health Policy and Management, but the credits for HP353 cannot be counted toward the MPH.
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