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Undergraduate Minor Programs

About the minor programs

The School of Public Health offers undergraduate minor programs in Public Health and Occupational Safety and Health.

Minor in Public Health

Students from a wide variety of majors will find a Public Health minor attractive as it assists them in broadening their understanding of patterns of public health and its role in our society.

Minor in Occupational Safety and Health

Students in the Occupational Safety and Health minor will gain a basic understanding of public health practices to address the risks at various workplaces and how to prevent injuries and fatalities.

Eligibility

Students who wish to apply for either minor program must have a minimum 2.0 GPA in all Texas A&M coursework. A minor can be declared at any time as long as the student has less than 90 credit hours. These minors are open to all Texas A&M students, and there are no prerequisites or restrictions to enroll in these courses.

About the Public Health minor

The Public Health minor is based on a philosophy of health promotion and disease prevention, to improve the quality of life of individuals, families and communities. Students will receive an introduction to the foundational and social issues of Public Health as well as gain an understanding of threats to public health and the role that our environment affects both the practice and applications of public health.

Students from a wide variety of majors will find a Public Health minor attractive as it assists them in broadening their understanding of patterns of public health and its role in our society. Students anticipating careers in science, the health professions, areas of law, the military, research, public and community affairs and the civil service will all gain valuable insights from the minor. Any major will gain an appreciation for the applications of public health.

Curriculum

The minor will consist of 15 hours of upper-level Public Health coursework. Course requirements for the Minor in Public Health consist of the following:

  • PHLT 302 – Foundations of Public Heath
  • PHLT 303 – Social Contexts of Public Health
  • PHLT 305 - Epidemiology in Public Health
  • PHLT 330 – The Environment and Public Health
  • One directed elective as approved by Public Health Advisor

How to Apply

Students who wish to apply for the minor must have a minimum 2.0 GPA in all Texas A&M coursework.

Print the Public Health minor application in order to request and declare the minor. Interested students should first contact the Department of Public Health Studies at Room 121 in the School of Public Health or call 979.436.9463. The student’s home department must approve of the minor.

About the Occupational Safety and Health minor

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 4,821 workers were killed on the job in 2014. As a future employer or manager it’s critical to understand how to keep your employees safe and healthy.

Students in the Occupational Safety and Health minor will gain a basic understand of public health practices to address the risks at various workplaces and how to prevent injuries and fatalities.

Curriculum

The minor will consist of 15 hours of upper-level Public Health coursework. The following 12 hours of coursework are required:

  • PHLT 331 – Occupational Safety and Health I
  • PHLT 333 - Accident Investigation
  • PHLT 432 – Human Factors and Ergonomic Health and Safety
  • PHLT 434 - Project Costs Benefit and Economics

Select 3 hours from the following coursework:

  • PHLT 330 - The Environmental and Public Health
  • PHLT 305 - Epidemiology in Public Health

If you have any questions regarding the curriculum, contact Annamarie Bokelmann 979.436.9333.

How to Apply

Students who wish to apply for the minor must have a minimum 2.0 GPA in all Texas A&M coursework.

Print the OCHS minor application in order to request and declare the minor. Interested students should first contact the Department of Public Health Studies at Room 121 in the School of Public Health or call 979.436.9463. The student’s home department must approve of the minor.