Public Health Policy Minor Presbyterian College Clinton SC

The COVID-19 pandemic has put public health policy in the spotlight. Who creates public health policy? How can it be changed or influenced? And what is public health policy in the first place? When you minor in public health policy, you’ll dive into these questions and more as you develop a solid foundation for understanding public health policy. You’ll be able to better respond personally and professionally to public health crises now and in the future. If you complete the minor, you’ll be well-positioned for a career in the field or for graduate school. There, you can earn a degree in the field such as a Master of Public Health or a Master of Science in Public Health.

Fast Facts

  • The minor in public health policy requires 18 hours of coursework.
  • You’ll take classes in public health policy and subjects ranging from economics and business administration to philosophy.
  • The minor is designed to supplement a student’s major, whether the major is science-related or not.
  • Recent PC alumni who have gone on to careers in public health policy include Zach Braden ’01, Deputy Director of Management and Operations, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What You’ll Study as a Public Health Policy Minor

The public health policy minor is designed to supplement a student’s major, whether the major is science-related or not. Minoring in public health policy is ideal to complement a student’s training and education in biology, pre-pharmacy, pre-med, or other pre-professional healthcare fields. But these students aren’t the only ones who can minor in public health policy. Public health is a truly interdisciplinary field of study, and this is reflected in its curriculum.

You must complete 18 hours of coursework to earn a minor in public health policy. Two foundational courses are required. Political Science / Public Health 329 provides students a broad understanding of the structure and dynamics of U.S. public health policy. Public Health 201 introduces students to the principles of epidemiology to support population-based and community-health assessment and evaluation.

With a firm foundation in public health policy, you’ll then select 12 to 13 hours with courses in:

  • biology
  • economics/business administration
  • philosophy
  • psychology
  • public policy
  • sociology

Courses like Data Analytics I, Medical Ethics, and The American Welfare System show the range of topics you can study when you minor in public health policy.

Experiences Outside the Classroom

At PC, learning isn’t confined to classrooms. No matter your major, you’ll have opportunities to learn outside the classroom and away from campus.



PC offers programs through which you may study abroad for a summer, semester or an entire year.



An internship provides you with hands-on experience in a position focused on what you want to do after graduation. It can serve as a means to fulfill general education credit and/or as a means to explore career options.



You can conduct independent research during the regular academic year on a topic of your choice.



You can work together with your professors on a summer project and receive a stipend for participating in the program.

Career Outcomes

The public health policy minor at PC helps pre-professional students acquire public health knowledge that complements their career paths. If you’re planning to pursue a career in something other than public health, you can also benefit from public health knowledge as you deliver services. A few examples of these career fields include:

  • dentistry
  • environmental studies
  • health education
  • medicine
  • nursing
  • nutritional science
  • occupational therapy
  • physician assistant
  • psychology

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, individuals in these career fields made between $46,000 to more than $150,000 a year in 2018.

As of now, no PC alumni have minored in public health policy since the 2020-2021 academic year will be the first year the minor is offered. However, several graduates have gone on to successful careers in the field. A few include:

  • Zach Braden ’01, Deputy Director of Management and Operations, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Shelley Whitehead ’11, Medical Entomologist and Vector Ecologist
  • Emily Witt ’13, Public Health Analyst, CACI International, Previously with CDC
  • Courtney Bell Wood ’06, Management Analyst, National Institutes of Health

If you’re a current student and interested in learning more about the minor in public health policy, please contact Dr. Ben Bailey at