The undergraduate minor in Public Health is open to UCLA undergraduates by application. The minor provides interested students an opportunity to learn more about core public health functions, including the assessment and monitoring of the health of communities and populations at risk, identifying health problems and priorities, and understanding the formation of public policies designed to solve local and national health problems.
Minor in Public Health
Minor Requirements for Students Admitted to UCLA Before Fall 2023
- Public Health C150
- Biostatistics 100A
- Community Health Sciences 100
- Environmental Health Sciences 100
- Epidemiology 100
- Health Policy and Management 100
- One upper division elective course from the school’s course offerings (4 units)
Minor Requirements for Students Admitted to UCLA in Fall 2023 and After
- Public Health 50A and 50B
- Three courses from among Biostatistics 100A, Community Health Sciences 100, Environmental Health Sciences 100, Epidemiology 100, and Health Policy and Management 100
- Two upper-division elective courses from the school’s course offerings (8 units; no more than 4 units from 195 to 199 numbered courses may be applied)
Students must complete a minimum of 20 units in the minor requirements in addition to units applied toward their major requirements or another minor. Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must achieve an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better in the minor. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.
Students must apply for admission to the undergraduate minor in Public Health. The application is due Friday, April 5, 2024. Applicants should allow at least 2 weeks (10 business days) for review. The Office for Undergraduate Student Services will notify all applicants of their admissions decisions via email.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is Public Health 50A offered?
During the 2023-24 academic year, Public Health 50A will be offered only in Winter 2024; Public Health 50B will be offered in spring 2024.
I won’t be able to take PH 50A in Winter 2024. Can I still apply to the minor?
Yes. If you have completed other Public Health courses, such as Public Health 10 or C150, and have volunteer or academic experience related to public health, the Undergraduate Admissions Committee will consider your application. It is strongly recommended that you speak with the School’s academic advisors before applying.
Can I apply to the BA, BS, and the minor at the same time?
The major application will ask sudents to apply to either the BA or BS. The Undergraduate Admissions Committee will consider each applicant’s progress toward completing the preparatory courses. Requess by admitted sudents to change BA or BS tracks will require a Blue Petition and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students should apply to their frs choice, the major or minor, but not at the same time. Students who apply to the major but are not accepted will be given an opportunity to apply to the minor shortly after decisions are made.
Whom do I contact about the public health minor if I’ve not been accepted to UCLA yet?