Public Health (Minor)

Keeping communities healthy.

Prevention of disease, health promotion, and access to care lie at the heart of public health. Our Public Health minor prepares you to serve at the international, national, state, and local levels.

Explore some of the most complex health challenges facing the world today, everything from emergency preparedness to health education and advocacy.

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Students in the Mary Baldwin University physician assistant program volunteering with Augusta Health's mobile health clinic at a site in Waynesboro.

Why minor in Public Health at Mary Baldwin?

A public health minor can help prepare you to tackle many of the complex health issues facing us today:

  • Drug-resistant bacteria
  • Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases
  • Terrorism involving biological, chemical, and radiological agents
  • Environmental issues including climate change, air and water pollution, and the effects of energy sources on health
  • Obesity epidemic
  • Pandemic flu
  • Soaring costs of medical care
  • Health disparities related to racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic factors
  • Healthcare access disparities
  • Effects of globalization including effects on the food supply
  • Advances in genetics and molecular biology including genetic modification of foods, cloning, stem cell research, gene therapy, and sequencing of the human genome

The unique political and social justice aspects of public health complement Mary Baldwin’s Quality Enhancement Plan with its emphasis on “learning for civic engagement in a global context.” The Public Health minor at Mary Baldwin provides a strong foundation for social action at the local, state, national, and international levels.

Minor Requirements 

The Public Health minor is an 18-credit program introducing students to a wide variety of public health fields including administration and policy, community health and education, epidemiology and biostatistics, and medical and public health research.

Sample Courses

  • Intro Health Care Administration
  • Introduction To Public Health
  • Public Health Issues
  • Epidemiology 
  • Women’s Health Care Issues 

See all minor course requirements.

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