Public Health Sciences Institute

Public Health Minor

PHSI offers a minor in Public Health, which is housed at Morehouse College under the Department of Biology, but open to ALL students in the AUC. The interdisciplinary nature of the minor program allows all eligible AUC students to register for public health courses. 

Students choosing to pursue the minor are required to complete 12 credit hours in the public health science curriculum consisting of: Introduction to Public Health, Introduction to Biostatistics, Introduction to Epidemiology, and Public Health Sciences Seminar & Practicum and one additional three hour elective course, which may be taken at any AUC institution.



This course is designed to give students a strong foundation in the administration and practice of public health; to provide an understanding of the technical, social, and political parameters surrounding public health research and practice. The course includes a lecture series; field trips to local, state, and federal agencies and services; and a research project.


Epidemiology is a branch of medical science that deals with the incidence, distribution, and control of diseases in a population. This course is a study of the distributions and determinants of health related states and events in populations with a view toward identifying the etiology (the study of the causes and origin of diseases) of diseases. It includes fundamental strategies for epidemiological research; the framework for assessing valid statistical association. (Electives from any of the AUC schools that have a similar course description may substitute for this course.)


This course is designed for applications of statistics in the biomedical and health sciences. It introduces parametric and non-parametric statistical methodology, including descriptive measures, elementary probability, estimation and hypothesis testing, correlation, regression and single factor analysis of variance. Underlying theory is empirically demonstrated utilizing biomedical applications. Computer-based statistical analysis is used throughout the course (SAS and/or SPSS). (Electives from any of the AUC schools that have a similar course description may substitute for this course)


This course complements applied public health experiences by providing instruction and application of research methods for studying public health problems. In this course, students will identify research problems and the type of methods that are appropriate to address the problem. This course will prepare students to critique research in terms of design, technique, analysis, and interpretation. By the end of the course, students will be able to apply the concepts to develop their own health related hypotheses/research questions, conduct quantitative and/or qualitative secondary analysis, or conduct primary data collection during their practicum experience, and will prepare a paper and present their research findings. 

Approved Public Health Minor Electives*


Biology (BIO)

BIO 320 – Ecology (3)
BIO 321/322 – Special Topics in Biology (1)
BIO 350 – Principles of Bioinformatics (3)
BIO 497 – Environmental Studies

Political Science (PSC)

PSC 372 – Urban Management and Policy Analysis (3)

Business (BA)

BA 461 – Buyer Behavior (3)

Psychology (PSY)

PSY 320 – Social Psychology (3)
PSY 335 – Health/Medical Psychology (3)

Communication Studies (HCTM)

HCTM 320 – Film Criticism and Theory (3)
HCTM 354 – Intercultural Communication (3)

Sociology (SOC)

SOC 301 – Statistics in Research Context (3)
SOC 340 – Medical Sociology (3)
SOC 305 – Urban and Community Sociology
SOC 460 – Sustainability and Development (3)

Economics (ECO)

ECO 306 – Environmental Economics (3)
ECO 406 – Public Finance (3)



BIO/ES 314 – Environmental Biology (4)
ES 200 – Introduction to Environmental Health (4)
ECO 379 – Health Economics


CPSC 220 – Introduction to Public Policy (3)
CPSC 313 – Urban Politics and Policy (3)
CPSC 371 – Science and Public Policy (3)
CSCJ 218 – Social Problems (3)
CUSW 350 – Issues of Health Disparities among Minority Populations (3)


*Last updated August 2017