Population Health

Minor In Population Health

The Population Health Minor is an interdisciplinary minor open to all Xavier University undergraduate students and compatible with any major. Courses provide students with an understanding of the distribution of health outcomes within populations, the social determinants that influence health distribution, the economic framework influencing social determinants of health (SDoH), the cost-effectiveness of interventions designed to address SDoH and the policies and interventions that impact the determinants and life expectancy of the population within diverse communities. The provision of health equity across the nation is addressed. The minor consists of 15 credit hours of which three three-credit hour course (HESA 245 or HESA 345, HESA 380, HESA 499) are required and then students can select the remaining 6 credit hours from the list of approved attribute courses taught across the four university colleges. No more than six credits of the approved electives may be from the same department.

In completing this minor, students will obtain a broad overview of population health topics from the introductory HESA 245 (or 345) course and then can achieve greater depth in one or more of the topics by taking elective courses. By completing HESA 380 students will be able to understand and manage quality principles and process management systems in the context of contemporary quality systems. The final required course, HESA 499, is a capstone class that will allow students to review and apply the fundamental knowledge and skills they have gained in their other population health courses to further their professional development.

Required Courses:

Students are required to take the three courses listed below:

  • HESA 245 or HESA 345 Introduction to Population Health
  • HESA 380 Quality Management & Performance Improvement (prerequisite HESA 245 or 345)
  • HESA 499 Population Health Capstone (prerequisite HESA 380)

Students are to select two courses totaling 6 credits from the following list of courses that contain the approved attribute for population health (more are expected). No more than six hours may come from a single department:

  • BIOL 227 Parasitology
  • BIOL 260-261 Environmental Sciences
  • BIOL 364 Virology
  • BIOL 398 Air and Water Pollution
  • BIOL 430 Medical Genetics
  • ECON 395 Economics of Poverty
  • EDME 359 Community and Advocacy in Education
  • HESA 101 Introduction to American Health Care
  • HESA 372 Internship 2 Community Service Learning
  • HESA 373 Immersive Learning in Population Health
  • HESA 380 Quality Management and Performance Improvement
  • HESA 390 Foundations of Healthcare Ethics and Law
  • HESA 498 Independent Study in Advanced Health Services
  • HIST 114 History of Native American Health
  • HIST 237 History of Epidemic Disease
  • HIST 319 Health in Modern England
  • HOCS 323 Occupational Justice I: Foundations
  • NURS 132 Health and Culture
  • NURS 470 Community Health Nursing
  • NURS 471 Community Health Nursing Practicum
  • PSYC 277 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYCH 368 Health Psychology
  • SOCI 375 Sociology of Health
  • SOCW 208 Economics of Society
  • SOCW 299 Child Welfare and Development
  • SOCW 300 Adolescence to Older Adult Development
  • SOCW 315 Values, Poverty and Society
  • SPAN 332 Spanish in Community Health Settings
  • THEO 312 Christian Health Care Ethics