Public Health Minor

The Public Health (PH) Minor (2020) is offered through the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education and is designed to expose students to the broad field of public health with a focus on understanding the determinants of health, improving quality of life and overall well-being through evidence-based initiatives, and expanding the credentials of students entering health related professions.

The PH Minor includes 15 credit hours of study, 6 credits in the Public Health Minor Core and 9 credits in Public Health Minor Electives.

  • How do I request to be added to a closed class outside of the Department? Contact the appropriate Department office for the specific course you are trying to add. Include the reasons for your request as well as your full name, major, course and CRN, and KSU ID number.

    How do I request an override when I receive a prerequisite, major, or other error? If you are denied registration to a course in your program of study and meet the requirement of course prerequisite and are a declared major or minor, please complete the override request form.

    How do I request a course substitution? Course substitutions are handled through the Advising Center and/or your assigned academic advisor. For substitutions specific to courses from other institutions, access the Registrar's Transfer Articulation System to determine if a course you have completed has been substituted on your academic records.

    How do I declare or change a major or minor? Students must declare a major or minor via Owl Express.

    When should I petition to graduate? Without exception, students must petition to graduate in the semester prior to your anticipated graduation date. Specific dates can be found on the academic calendar via the Registrars Office. Petitions to graduate are completed directly through your personal Owl Express account. Note that petitions to graduate are in effect for one year.

    What number of credits are required in the Public Health Education Minor? The PHE Minor is comprised of a total of 18 credit hours of study, 12 credits in the Public Health Education Minor Core and 6 credits in the Public Health Education Minor Electives.

    Is an internship required in the Public Health Education Minor program? An internship in the PHE Minor is optional. PHE 4700—Advanced PHE Internship—is available to students interested in completing 1 to 6 credit hours of internship experience. Students in the Minor are eligible for PHE 4700 upon successful completion of the 4 core courses in the Minor.

  • PHE 4700-Advanced Internship (1-6 credit hours) is available each semester to all Public Health Education Minors upon completion of the Public Health Education Core classes.

  • Course and Academic Expectations
    In addition to the specific course and program related expectations and requirements specified by each faculty member in their course syllabi, the PHE program upholds high expectations of PHE Minor’s performance in the classroom and in all related academic, departmental, professional, and field experiences. These expectations include but are not limited to the following:

    Professional Dispositions
    PHE minors are evaluated on their professional dispositions in every PHE related course in which they are enrolled. Dispositions reflect the values, commitments, behaviors, and professional ethics that demonstrate students’ behaviors toward the PHE Minor, instructors, advisors, peers and other students, colleagues, communities, and the profession as a whole. Dispositions serve to guide as well as reinforce students’
    learning, academic behavior and performance, as well as professional growth as future PHE practitioners.

    The PHE and program-related faculty complete the disposition assessment either during (as warranted) or at the end of each semester (as warranted)—see below for Dispositions Rubric:

    What happens if a minor receives a negative disposition evaluation? PHE Professional Dispositions Scoring Guide: The minimal acceptable level on the Disposition Rubric is “L3 – Acceptable.” If a PHE Minor/Major is rated as a “L2 – Marginal” on any component of the Disposition Rubric in a course (either during or at the conclusion of a course as warranted), the course instructor notifies the PHE Program Coordinator and student. The course instructor then meets with the student and PHE Program Coordinator (if necessary), to determine how to improve performance in future courses. If a PHE Minor/Major is rated as a “L1 – Unsatisfactory” on any component of the Disposition Rubric, a formal remediation plan is developed in consultation with the PHE faculty member, academic advisor (if applicable), PHE Program Coordinator, and the student for the following semester. The student may not be formally admitted to nor progress in the program until the remediation plan is completed and disposition concerns are effectively and consistently addressed.

The Public Health Minor

  • Introduces students to a variety of Public Health concepts with the knowledge and skills to assess community needs and design, implement, and evaluate public health education programs.
  • Focuses on improving quality of life and overall well-being of individuals, worksites, and communities through behavioral, environmental, and policy-based initiatives.
  • Expands the credentials of students entering health related professions and/or advanced areas of related study.

For Additional Information

 Dr. LaNita Wright

PHE Program Coordinator
(470) 578-2196

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