Graduate Minor in Infectious Disease and Population Health

About the Graduate Minor

The graduate minor in Infectious Disease and Population Health trains students in population-based approaches to infectious disease control. The minor prepares students to work in health care settings, public health agencies, the pharmaceutical sector, and other organizations engaged in work related to the prevention and control of infectious diseases. Required courses in microbiology and selectives in infectious disease epidemiology, health-care associated infections, and health surveillance may be supplemented by electives in epidemiology, health communication, management and leadership, and patient safety. The courses in this minor provide a bridge to the student’s discipline-specific major and opportunities to acquire skills needed in the workplace.

For students interested in pursuing a career in infectious disease in either the health care or public health sector, it is recommended that students complete an applied experience through an internship or a research project in an appropriate workplace setting.

Admission Requirements

Graduate minors are designed to complement students' training by providing basic knowledge in topics outside their primary discipline. All matriculated graduate students in quarter programs, except for students pursing the MS in Infection Prevention and Control, are eligible to enroll. It is highly recommended that students have taken college-level biology and immunology classes.

Students must receive approval from their home program and the Dornsife School of Public Health and complete the necessary paperwork with the DSPH Academic Advising Team.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
EOH 650Microbes in Public Health Practice I: Overview of Bacterial Pathogens3.0
EOH 651Microbes in Public Health Practice II: Overview of Viral and Other Pathogens3.0
Choose one or two selective classes (3 or 6 credits)
Environment of Care
Infection Prevention and Control in the Healthcare Environment
Surveillance of Healthcare Associated Infections
Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Pathophysiologic Basis of Epidemiologic Research
Disease Outbreak Investigations
Public Health Surveillance
Elective (if only choosing 1 selective) *3.0
Overview of Issues in Global Health
Outcomes and Impact Evaluation
Outcomes and Impact Evaluation
Public Health Ethics
Public Health Ethics
Theory and Practice in Health Communication
Process Monitoring and Outcomes Evaluation for Community Health Programs
Injury Prevention and Control
Safety in Healthcare
Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene
Environmental and Occupational Toxicology
Environmental Exposure Science
Environmental and Occupational Health Policy
Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology
Public Health and Disaster Preparedness
Public Health Impacts of Global Climate Change
Crisis and Risk Communication in Public Health
Quantitative Risk Analysis for Environmental Health
Epidemiology for Public Health Practice
Intermediate Epidemiology
Pathophysiologic Basis of Epidemiologic Research
The Changing US HIV Epidemic and the Responses of Affected Communities
Healthcare Planning Principles and Practice
Health Organizational Leadership
Health Care Organizations and Management
Health Systems Policy Analysis
Management of Healthcare Outcomes
Health Care Strategy and Operations: Creating Change
Total Credits12.0

Additional courses may count towards the elective requirement with program approval. 

Additional Information

For more information about this graduate minor, please contact:

DSPH Academic Advising Team
Office of Education

Additional information can be found on the Dornsife School of Public Health website.

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