Minor in Public Health

Minor Requirements (15 credit units)

Students are required to complete all the core courses of the programme.

Core Courses (15 credit units)

Course Code Course name Level Credit Units Remarks
VM2001 One Health 2 3  
GE2342 Introduction to Zoonotic Diseases 2 3  
VM2104 Introduction to Food Safety 2 3  
GE2266 Health Communication 2 3  
PIA4142 Global Public Health 4 3  


Aims of Minor:

The aim of this minor is to increase the basic public health knowledge of students from different majors. Public Health is a discipline that addresses health issues in human populations. Individuals working in public health identify health issues causing morbidity and or mortality across different social and ethnic demographics, prioritize key factors driving these health issues, and design prevention and control strategies to reduce the impact of disease on society, as well as limit health disparity in communities. As we have seen in the last 2 years with COVID-19, public health professionals work with experts in many different disciplines to address problems. Often these individuals have very little exposure to public health concepts rendering collaborations more difficult. Having a basic understanding of the drivers of health in human populations, economics of different health issues and their control strategies, the potential interactions between animals, humans, and their environments, and food safety will facilitate interactions between non-medical experts in policy, law, business, economics, ecologists, and biomedical engineering and public health professionals. This minor will therefore increase the job market of non-medically trained individuals who have to interact with experts in public health. Introducing topics of public health to students in other majors may also peak their interest in the field and lead them to apply to our graduate training in epidemiology and public health.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Minor (MINILOs)

  • Gain a general understanding of public health
  • Demonstrate knowledge in the principles of one health
  • Assess the microbiology and epidemiology of major food-borne infections and intoxications in order to plan and design a food safety investigation
  • Be able to identify non-communicable public health diseases of importance and design control programmes to reduce their burden on society
  • Be able to understand infectious disease transmission and design logistically viable control and prevention strategies
  • Explain fundamental concepts of health economics
  • Be able to effectively communicate to the public 

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