The Public Health Sciences minor offers undergraduate students a foundation of knowledge for those who plan to enter the field of public health immediately following graduation and for those planning to earn an advanced degree in Public Health or a related field including medicine, nursing, and dentistry. It is open to students from all four colleges at UC Davis. The minor in Public Health Sciences offers the option of doing an internship for 2 - 4 elective units.
Students who complete the minor in Public Health Sciences will demonstrate the following:
- Knowledge of key content regarding epidemiology and biostatistics, major health conditions, disease prevention strategies, and health disparities.
- Knowledge of key determinants of health and disease, including biological factors, individual behavior, and social, political, and cultural influences.
- Ability to communicate orally and in writing about concepts in epidemiology and biostatistics, disease prevention, and health disparities.
The Graduate Group in Public Health Sciences was established in 2017 and is one of nearly 100 Graduate Groups at UC Davis. It offers M.P.H. and Ph.D. degrees, and includes approximately 50 faculty members from across schools and departments who teach courses and mentor students. The Office of Graduate Studies acknowledges the distinctive approach to graduate education at UC Davis that involves graduate groups, rather than departmentally based programs. The interdisciplinary membership of the Graduate Groups promotes “…shared research interests among faculty and students, flexibility to grow and quickly change to reflect emerging areas of interdisciplinary knowledge and technology, and an acceptance that many research questions transcend traditional academic departmental boundaries.”