Many, if not all, research endeavors have implications for health. The doctoral minor in population health provides the methodological foundations for understanding how health is evaluated, how to assess influences on health and how to critically evaluate health related research. In addition, students completing the minor enhance their general understanding of research design and statistical interpretation. The coursework encompasses the methodological cornerstones of population health and clinical research: epidemiology, health services research, and biostatistics. The electives allow students to emphasize epidemiology or health services research. The population health minor is open to students in any major field of graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin. Given the necessarily quantitative emphasis of the coursework, a prior one-semester course in biostatistics (such as POP HLTH/​B M I  551 Introduction to Biostatistics for Population Health, B M I/​STAT  541 Introduction to Biostatistics, STAT/​F&W ECOL/​HORT  571 Statistical Methods for Bioscience I or B M I/​STAT  511 Introduction to Biostatistical Methods for Public Health) is required or can be taken simultaneously (prior to B M I/​POP HLTH  552 Regression Methods for Population Health) with course work for the minor.

Required courses:
POP HLTH/​SOC  797 Introduction to Epidemiology3
POP HLTH 780 Public Health: Principles and Practice3
POP HLTH 796 Introduction to Health Services Research3
Students are strongly encouraged to take one of the following as an elective. However, other POP HLTH courses can be considered:
POP HLTH/​B M I  552 Regression Methods for Population Health3
POP HLTH/​B M I  651 Advanced Regression Methods for Population Health3

A likely course sequence for the doctoral minor in population health would be as follows:

POP HLTH 795 or 7801-3POP HLTH 796 or 7983
POP HLTH/​SOC  7973POP HLTH Elective3
 4-6 6
Total Credits 10-12

Students who request exemptions and/or substitutions for required minor courses must appeal to the director of the graduate program through the graduate program coordinator. In this case, the appeal must include a Proposed Minor Program Plan, which must be approved and signed by the graduate program director.

In order to have approval to pursue the population health minor, please send an email to the Population Health Sciences Graduate Program Coordinator, Quinn Fullenkamp (, explaining the sequence of courses that you plan to take toward the doctoral minor requirement. Be sure to include course completion dates. Your plan will be approved via email. When you are ready to have your warrant signed, email Quinn Fullenkamp again to make arrangements to obtain a signature.