Understanding U.S. healthcare law and politics

The Health, Law, and Policy minor is designed to introduce students to the United States healthcare system, with a special emphasis on the public health sector. As a minor, students are provided the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the law that governs our healthcare system and the politics that shape those laws. Students completing the minor will be well-positioned for expanded roles of leadership within a health provider organization or political entity charged with creating health care policy.


Students wishing to pursue a Health, Law, and Policy minor must have an advisor in the program and approval from the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Each student will work with a faculty advisor to design a minor consisting of six courses (18 credits) that supports the student's interests, according to the following guidelines and availability.

Required Courses Credits
PSC 325 - Politics of Public Health 3

Three of the following courses. A student must take at least one law course and at least one political science course (the third course may be in either the law category or the broader political science category)

Law Courses Credits
PSC 106 - Law & American Society 3
PSC 125 - Understanding the Law 3
PSC 203 - Politics of Law 3
PSC 210 - Constitutional Law 3
Political Science Courses Credits
PSC 101 - Introduction to American Politics 3
PSC 105 - Introduction to Political Science 3
PSC 200 - Introduction to Political Theory 3
PSC 220 - Research Methods 3
PSC 432 - Autonomy/Politics of Reproduction 3
Two of the following courses Credits
ENG 310 - Writing & Women's Health 3
ANT 211 - Medical Anthropology 3
SOC 355 - Medical Sociology 3
BUEC 385 - Health Economics 3
HSM 370 - Law & Ethics of Health Care 3
PHI 406 - Human Genome Project Ethics 3
SOC 460 - Social Policy and Planning 3
PSY 235 - Health Psychology 3
Internship Variable