Public Health

[For additional information on Public Health at UC Merced please visit the Public Health Website]


Public health can be defined as an approach to promote health, prevent disease, prolong life and improve quality of life through organized efforts of society. Focusing on the health and wellbeing of populations, public health complements medicine's concern for individuals with diseases. Through activities ranging from basic research, to frontline efforts such as vaccination programs, promotion of healthy lifestyles and environments, and disease control, and leadership on health policy formation, public health issues and outcomes touch the lives of people throughout the world. Public health is an interdisciplinary field drawing on the natural and social sciences as well as the humanities. One of the most important themes in public health is the disparities in health observed in different groups, for example related to economic resources and race/ethnicity, which is a focus in this curriculum.

  1. To complete this minor, students must complete a minimum of six courses, at least four of which must be upper division.
  2. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.
  3. A minimum overall grade-point average of 2.0 (C) in upper division courses is required.
  4. At least four of the six required courses must be taken at UC Merced.
  5. Only one course may be used simultaneously to satisfy requirements for two minors.
  6. Only one course may be used to satisfy both a minor and a major requirement.
  7. Students must consult the UC Merced General Catalog for prerequisites to required courses.

Medical Education in the San Joaquin Valley

The University of California, Merced has partnered with the UC Davis School of Medicine to create the UC Merced San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education (PRIME). This program will focus on training the best and brightest students for rewarding careers in medicine in our ethnically diverse and underserved Valley.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the minor in Interdisciplinary Public Health will demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge of the key substantive content regarding epidemiology, major health conditions, and health disparities.
  2. Knowledge about key influences on health and disease related to differential status experienced by some population groups.
  3. Ability to access, understand and synthesize empirical studies from the scientific literature on public health and disparities.
  4. Ability to conduct and interpret findings from basic analysis of data on health or disparity issues.
  5. Ability to communicate orally and in writing about concepts in epidemiology and health disparities.

Refer to the Curriculum Map to see the coherency between the Program Learning Outcomes and our course offerings.