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Graduate Minors in Public Health

Minors are open to all Drexel graduate students in all schools and colleges.

The minors are designed to complement student's training by providing basic knowledge in topics outside their primary discipline. In addition this list, additional minors continue to be developed.

For information on our undergraduate minors see Undergraduate Public Health Minors.

Graduate minors at the Dornsife School of Public Health

Arts in Public Health

Art reflects the complexity of being human. The graduate minor in Arts in Public Health focuses on the vitality and power of the arts to transform individuals, neighborhoods, communities and societies.

The minor builds on Philadelphia’s renowned commitments to community arts and the growing evidence-base linking creative arts and positive health. Learning how to design and evaluate community-based arts and health initiatives will provide public health students with a valuable toolkit for social change and improving health at every level.

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This program provides a foundation in biostatistics. Students will learn the basic tools of biostatistics, including the use of statistical software for both data management and analyses and approaches to verbal and written communication of statistical findings.

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Environmental and Occupational Health

Students will learn how to assess and prevent the adverse health effects of air and water pollution, climate change, and hazards in the built environment and workplace.

Students gain an understanding of the major effects of biological, chemical, and physical agents on human health and safety, including how genetic and socioeconomic factors affect susceptibility to environmental hazards.

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Global Health

Students will learn about the determinants of global health, emerging health issues in developing countries, global health ethics, and approaches to health monitoring and evaluation in diverse settings.

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Health Economics

The Health Economics minor is offered by Dornsife in partnership with Drexel's LeBow College of Business and provides economics-based skills to assess health, healthcare services, policies and interventions.

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Human Health Risk Assessment

The Human Health Risk Assessment minor provides students with the knowledge and skills to assess human health risks from environmental hazards using evidence-based evaluation methods and quantitative risk analyses. Students will have the opportunity to apply risk assessment concepts to individual projects within the program.

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Infectious Disease and Population Health

This minor consists of required coursework in microbiology (microbes and public health), with selectives in public health surveillance, infectious diseases in health care, infectious disease epidemiology, and other related disciplines.

The minor is intended to prepare students to work in the field of infectious disease prevention and control in public health, health care, and other nonprofit settings.

Please note that students must earn a B- in EOH 650 to continue in the minor. Three selective classes, EPI 553, EPI 561, and EPI 610, have prerequisites that students should be aware of when choosing their selective. Prerequisite information can be found in the Dornsife School of Public Health course descriptions in the Graduate Catalog.

“The Infectious Disease minor prepared me and allowed me to jump right into my position. Compared to another colleague who started around the same time, I really feel like the courses from the I minor gave me an edge. Dr. Chernak’s Microbes class and textbooks have been a huge resource for me. I also think Professor Smather’s class was a huge help since she covered a lot of the NHSN definitions and caveats through the exercises we worked on in her class.”
- Claire Lichius, MPH, Infection Preventionist at UPMC, Pittsburgh PA

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Latino/Immigrant Health

This minor explores the unique public health needs of immigrant and migrant communities, with an emphasis on Latino immigrants to the United States.

Courses cover health disparities, the public health implications of international migration, theories of immigration and immigrant health, and approaches to improving the health of migrants.

Key methodological and ethical issues related to research and practice are also addressed. Students may intern with organizations that serve immigrants and refugees.

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations have unique health concerns often unrecognized in routine health care and public health practice. This program focuses on these concerns and the current state of knowledge about LGBT health.

Students will explore research methods used to study sexual and gender minorities and the intersection between sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, race/ethnicity, age and other factors that influence health.

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Maternal and Child Health

The Maternal and Child Health minor prepares students to improve the health of women, children, adolescents and families.

The program takes a life-course perspective and focuses on areas such as global health, perinatal epidemiology, children and youth with special health care needs, autism spectrum disorders, family-centered maternal and pediatric care, breast feeding, health communication, program evaluation, health disparities, the role of technology in health care, and maternal and child health policy.

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Program Monitoring and Evaluation

The minor in Health Program Monitoring and Evaluation prepares students to develop, improve, and critique public health programs using quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods that can be applied in governmental or non-governmental agencies.

In addition to required courses, students are encouraged to take additional advanced research methods courses and to build practical evaluation experience into their graduate studies by working with faculty on a community-based evaluation.

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Public Health Emergency Preparedness

This program is designed for students interested in gaining knowledge and skills in the public health aspects of preparing for and responding to emergencies that impact the health of communities.

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Public Health Ethics and History

This program emphasizes critical thinking skills in public health history and ethics. For those pursuing an academic career in public health, the minor will prepare them to become thought leaders who understand the field's history, ethical controversies, and the ways in which these are influenced by conceptual assumptions, value judgments, and historical events.

For students with an interest in the history and ethics of health professions, the courses can be a foundation for further study in the humanities or other programs that emphasize ethics and policy.

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Substance Use and Misuse

This minor focuses on key issues relating to the history, epidemiology, and study of drug use. This includes the examination of drug policies, public health outcomes linked to the use/misuse of legal and illegal drugs and characteristics of marginalized individuals who use.

Students will gain understanding of the economic, cultural, and health-related contexts of drug use, including consideration of intersects between drug use and homelessness, incarceration, HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, mental health, violence, and health disparities.

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Social Justice Policy NEW!

The minor in Social Justice Policy is designed to give graduate students a cohesive and intensive course of study that develops their knowledge and skills about individual and population health in relation to principles of social and deliberative justice, equity, and ethics.

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Urban Health

The Urban Health minor introduces students to public health challenges and opportunities in urban areas.

Courses give students the basic knowledge and skills necessary to describe health in urban areas, understand and analyze the drivers of health, identify and evaluate effective strategies to improve urban health, work with interdisciplinary teams, and communicate about effective urban health determinants and policies with diverse stakeholders.

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