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Public Health (Minor)

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Why Study Public Health?

The growing and dynamic field of Public Health focuses on maintaining and improving the health and welfare of communities. With a minor in Public Health, you can have a positive impact on the lives of countless people.

Why Study Public Health at Iona?

We are committed to working toward social and environmental justice for all people, and our minor in Public Health supports this mission by seeking to improve and promote human health for all communities across all sectors of life.

Our program combines courses in the sciences, medical and health fields, technology, business, and government and public policy. You will gain an understanding of the many factors that influence public health, such as clean air, clean water, access to healthcare, education, disease prevention, and much more.

With our small classes and dedicated faculty, you will have the opportunity to work closely with your instructors and dive deeply into the subject matter.

What You'll Learn

You will gain an understanding of the rapidly evolving health care field and how practices and policies impact society.

You will enhance your knowledge of the wide range of subject matter influenced by public health including environmental and global health, health policy and management, biostatistics, community health, epidemiology, health promotion, ethics, communication, and social and behavioral health.

You will study across many subject areas including Sociology, Political Science, Biology, Management, Economics, Communication Studies, Psychology, Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Mathematics to gain an understanding of how public health is connected through both natural and human-made influences.

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Complement Your Major

The minor in Public Health works well as an addition to many majors, including Biology/Biochemistry, Economics, Environmental Studies, Nursing, Management and Marketing, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Speech Communication Studies, and all the health-related fields.

Diverse Course Selection

There is one required course in this major – Sociology of Health, Illness & Medicine (SOC 304). After that, you can choose from four other areas to give yourself a broad foundation: statistics, environmental science and biology, health care management, and communication and ethics.

Career Preparedness

Our Public Health minor can help prepare you for a career in a wide variety of areas.

  • Medical fields – medical doctors, nurses, physician assistants, dentists, and pharmacists
  • Health care management
  • Research, policy and law
  • Social work, counseling and mental health professions, behavioral
  • Environmental health fields

All hospitals, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and other health-related non-profit organizations regularly staff many public health practitioners.