With the growing emphasis on health promotion and preventative care, new opportunities in wellness-related industries emerge every day and benefit diverse communities. Our BA in Wellness and Health Promotion Practice prepares students for a career in this rewarding field.
The Aging and Population Health curriculum is designed to prepare students to tackle the complex health challenges presented by an aging population. They will learn about programs and strategies that can be deployed to improve health for older adults from a population health perspective, and by using a collaborative approach. A multi-disciplinary approach is central to this curriculum because of the many factors (health, social, economic, etc.) that contribute to health and well-being in later life.
The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is dedicated to promoting health and wellness of individuals and communities in the southwest and globally with an emphasis on achieving health equity through excellence in research, teaching, and service. Our Minor in Aging and Population Health serves as an extension of our mission to promote health and social justice locally and globally. Meeting the needs of our aging society is one of the most significant public health challenges of the 21st century. Our this minor will help prepare students for career opportunities in human services, government agencies, retirement communities, nursing homes, health care, and long-term institutional care facilities.
The Aging and Population Health minor is available to be declared starting Fall 2021 for main campus students. A minimum of 18 units is required to complete the Aging and Population Health minor. Students with a declared major in the BA in Wellness and Health Promotion Practice are not eligible to add the Aging and Population Health minor.
Required courses (15 units):
- PHP 210 - Diversity, Health and Wellbeing in Later Life (3)
- PHP 301 - Introduction to Gerontology (3)
- PHP 312 - Health Promotion and Well-being in Later Life (3)
- PHP 436 - Aging, Environment and Wellbeing (3)
- PHP 437 - Management and Leadership in Long-term Care (3)
Electives (complete 3 units):
- CHS/SOC 215 - Sociology of Aging and Health (3)
- HPS 405 - Biology in Public Health (3)
- HPS 412 - Public Health Approaches to Mental Health Disorders in the US (3)
- FSHD/GERO 413 - Issues in Aging (3)
- PHP 419 - Alzheimer's Disease, Other Dementias and the Role of Public Health
- PHP 424 - Optimizing Well-being and Resilience in Older Adults
- GHI 427 - Health Aging for Women (3)
- EPID 454A - Healthy Aging in Action I (3)
- EPID 454B - Health Aging in Action II (3)
- PHPM 458 - Health Care Marketing (3)
Note: not all electives will be available in both the Main and Online campuses. Please check with your advisor to determine availability.
Admission to the minor requires a minimum 2.0 GPA.
How to Declare the Minor
See the academic advising page to determine your academic advisor (determined by the student's campus and last name).
Send your prospective advisor a brief statement of interest (approximately 300 words) on why you'd like to add the minor to your degree. Note: Admission into the minor does not guarantee entry into public health courses as course registration depends on meeting course pre-requisites and course availability. At the time of graduation, minor coursework GPA must be at least a 2.0.