Epidemiology (Minor)

This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2023–Spring 2024 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Minor in Epidemiology

Unit: School of Public Health & Information Sciences 
Academic Plan Code(s): EPIDMINOR

The Epidemiology minor provides students with the basic principles of epidemiology with an emphasis on: (1) epidemiologic measures of disease in populations; (2) the epidemiologic approach to surveillance, screening, investigation and control of disease outbreaks and epidemics; (3) the distribution and risk factors for major communicable and non-communicable diseases by person, time and place; (4) the interaction of genetics, environment and lifestyle in human health; (5) the history and critical role of epidemiology in advancing public health and medicine. Students will develop critical thinking skills necessary to evaluate information on health and disease generated by epidemiologists and its role in shaping public health policies and actions.

The minor in Epidemiology requires the completion of a minimum of 18 credit hours.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
PHEP 200Disease Detectives - SB3
PHEP 300Epidemics, Pandemics and Syndemics3
PHEP 305Introduction to Social Epidemiology3
PHEP 320Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and the Epidemiology of Global Health3
PHEP 341Epidemiological Concepts and Methods for Public Health3
Electives (select one course from the following list):3
Environment and Cancer Epidemiology
Applied Data Analysis for Epidemiology
Introduction to Maternal and Child Health
Minimum Total Hours18

At least three (3) semester hours of the requirements for a minor must be successfully completed while enrolled in the University of Louisville. 

Students will be required to apply to the minor and maintain a minimum of a 2.0 GPA. Epidemiology is a quantitative science and applicants must have taken, at minimum, BIOL 350, CJ 326, IE 360MATH 109PHST 301, PSYC 301, SOC 301, or an equivalent with a minimum grade of B-.