Waiver policy for PubH 6250 Foundations of Public Health

PubH 6250 Foundations of Public Health is required for all MPH, MS, and PhD students who graduate from the School of Public Health. This requirement may be waived under the following conditions:

  • Student has a bachelor’s or master’s degree in public health from a CEPH-accredited school or program in public health.
  • Student has completed the Core Concepts Certificate prior to Fall 2018.
  • Student has completed an approved alternative course or suite of courses.
    • Students should consult with their program directors to determine if the required curriculum for the program includes such a course or suite of courses.
  • Students provide documentation of previous coursework that assesses the 12 Foundational Knowledge Domains.
    • Students must list courses that address the 12 knowledge domains (see below) and how they were assessed, and provide syllabi for the courses.

Please complete the student petition to seek approval to waive the requirement. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Betsy Wattenberg, Associate Dean for Education and Student Engagement at watte004@umn.edu.

12 Foundational Knowledge Domains

  1. Explain public health history, philosophy and values
  2. Identify the core functions of public health and the 10 Essential Services
  3. Explain the role of quantitative and qualitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population’s health
  4. List major causes and trends of morbidity and mortality in the US or other community relevant to the school or program
  5. Discuss the science of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in population health, including health promotion, screening, etc.
  6. Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge
  7. Explain effects of environmental factors on a population’s health
  8. Explain biological and genetic factors that affect a population’s health
  9. Explain behavioral and psychological factors that affect a population’s health
  10. Explain the social, political and economic determinants of health and how they contribute to population health and health inequities
  11. Explain how globalization affects global burdens of disease
  12. Explain an ecological perspective on the connections among human health, animal health and ecosystem health (e.g., One Health)


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