Social Justice and Health Equity (Minor)

This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2022–Spring 2023 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Minor in Social Justice and Health Equity

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

The intersection of social justice and health equity in public health has never been clearer, and the current US and world contexts have given rise to unprecedented career interest in public health as well as public health approaches to other complex social issues. A minor in Social Justice and Health Equity will enhance students' preparation for jobs across multiple sectors, with competencies applicable to a wide range of social justice and health equity issues. Graduating students that can apply a social justice and health equity lens to an array of complex issues in their communities hold potential to make meaningful strides toward equity.

The Social Justice and Health Equity minor can be pursued as a specialization within the BA/BS Public Health majors, or as adjunct to preparation for other health fields such as medicine or nursing, or for a basic or social science, such as biology, social work, or sociology. The goal of the program will be to provide students with a solid foundation for further education or careers that benefit from understanding and application of social justice principles and practice to advance social and health equity.

The minor in Social Justice and Health Equity requires the completion of a minimum of 18 credit hours.

Program Requirements

PHPB 310Power, Oppression & Liberation in Social Systems3
PHPB 311Policy and Systems of Power3
PHPB 312Social Justice Practice in Public Health3
PHPB 313Strategies for Social Action3
Select 3 credit hours from the list below:3
Introduction to Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
Global Capitalisms
Modern American Social Movements
Select 3 credit hours from the list below:3
Social Justice and Youth Activism
Climate Change, Social Justice, and Healthy Equity
Law Enforcement in the United States
Corrections in the United States
Juvenile Justice
Community Corrections
Violence in the United States: The Criminal Justice Response
Human Trafficking: Critical Thinking About Modern-Day Slavery
Police and the Community
Black Radicalism
Sports, Human Rights, & U.S. Foreign Relations
Feminism in Western Civilization, 1790-1920
History of American Sexualities
Social Science Special Topics in Latin American Studies
Legal Lynchings: A Survey of Race, Law, and the American Justice System
Politics of Black Male Identity in Post-Modern America
Black Political Thought: Africa to Afrocentricity
Race and Economics
Civil Rights and the Law I
Civil Rights and the Law II
Inequality and Health: The Black Experience
Race, Culture, Identity
Black Feminism in Action
The Underground Railroad and American Memory
The Life and Times of Malcolm X
Language, Race, Class and Gender
Environmental Ethics
Political Philosophy
Health Care, Justice & Community
Urban Political Economy
Urban Politics
Policy, Community & Service
Race, Law and Politics
Gender, Sexuality & Law
Media and Politics
Civil Rights and the Law II
Queer Politics
Women in American Politics
Sports and Politics
The Politics of Global Economic Relations
Global Environmental Politics
Democracy and Its Critics
Political Leadership
Law, Diplomacy and Power: The Foreign Relations of the U.S.
Coping with Conflict
Politics through Film
Feminist Theory
Multicultural Psychology
Psych of Trauma
Hip-Hop and Social Movements
Globalizing Inequalities
Lectures in Social Change
Social Change Community Internship
Intro Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Issues and Social Welfare
Race in the United States
Urban Sociology
Environmental Sociology
Diversity and Inequality
Reproductive Justice
Sociology of Disabilities
Social Inequality & Stratification
Race and Ethnicity
Political Sociology
Sustainable Societal Systems
Sustainable Social-Ecological Systems
Gender Issues in Public Dialogue
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
Topics in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Social Sciences
Minimum Total Hours18

Students will be required to apply to the minor and maintain a minimum of a 2.0 GPA.
At least three (3) semester hours of the requirements for a minor must be successfully completed while enrolled in the University of Louisville.