The Department of Public Health & Health Sciences (PHHS) offers six minors in various areas of healthcare. Each of these minors can make an excellent complement to your undergraduate major, even if you are not majoring in a healthcare field. Examples of non-healthcare majors that can be complemented by a healthcare minor include business, communication, economics, accounting, and social work. Talk to your advisor to decide if one of these minors is right for you. 

If you are a student in one of our undergraduate programs (clinical laboratory science/medical technology, health care administration, health sciences, public health, or radiation therapy), talk to your advisor about double-counting some credits between your major and minor. 


It is estimated that two of every ten Americans will be 65 or older by the year 2030.  As the population ages, the needs for people's knowledge, social services, and policies for aging will grow.  The gerontology minor can prepare individuals to work directly or indirectly with older persons, provide services in the community and to work on behalf of older persons in areas such as advocacy, research and teaching about aging.

Environmental Health

The Minor in Environmental Health provides a basic introduction to the field of environmental health. It is designed to supplement degree work in fields such as chemistry, biology, health care, earth and resource science, or public administration.

Health Care Administration

Our Health Care Administration minor is a perfect complement to any healthcare major, as well as non-health majors such as business, accounting, and economics.

Health Communication

Like any organization, healthcare organizations--such as major health systems, health departments, and non-profit health organizations--need to communicate effectively with the public. Creative, well-informed communications professionals are in demand to help healthcare organizations promote their services, relate with their public, and educate communities about important health issues.

The minor in health communication aims to prepare graduates for positions like these by equipping them with necessary background knowledge and practical skills.

Health Education and Behavior

The Health Education and Behavior minor emphasizes education for individuals seeking knowledge in Health Education strategies and program implementation. Courses often take a real world approach to practicing health education and promotion in a variety of settings.

Health Information Systems

More information to come.

Health Navigation

Health navigation is a new role in the changing health care environment.  Health navigators work in hospitals, health clinics, human service agencies and insurance companies.  They work with clients to clarify the health system and health insurance, assist clients to access services they need and are eligable for and educate clients regarding overall health.

Public Health

The minor in Public Health provides an interdisciplinary selection of courses designed to give all students access to education in public health. This minor provides opportunities for local and global applications of knowledge, analytical skills, problem solving, team work, all from a population perspective.