Public Health

Degree Programs - Public Health


The Minor in Public Health is designed to introduce students to the field of public health, including historical development, foundational principles, professional opportunities and global health and contemporary public health issues. It will serve as a foundation for further study in various fields such as public health, social sciences, health professions, law, technology and health care management. Students will develop intellectual and practical skills, personal and social responsibility, and participate in interdisciplinary, integrative and applied learning. The Minor will consist of 18 credit hours, 6 required (Introduction to Public Health, Introduction to Global Health), and 12 credit hours selected from interdisciplinary courses offered at UVa-Wise. The Minor will emphasize the challenges of rural public health and health disparities in central Appalachia, including influence of regional culture, economy, politics, and behavior on health outcomes.