Requirements for a Minor in Health Policy

To earn a minor in Health Policy a student must complete each of the following three requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 15 credits of PAM course work.
  2. Complete PAM 2350 - U.S. Health Care Systems*
  3. Complete at least 9 credit at the 3000 or 4000 level in PAM from the following list:
  • PAM 3110 Pharmaceutical Management and Policy
  • PAM 3180 Health Disparities
  • PAM 3280 Fundamentals of Population Health
  • PAM 3780 Comparative Health Care Systems
  • PAM 3870 Economic Evaluations in Health Care
  • PAM 4110 The Economics of Pollution, Climate Change, and Health
  • PAM 4140 Global Health Policy
  • PAM 4280 Economics of Health Behaviors
  • PAM 4230  Gender and Health: Concepts, Data, Theories and Evidence 
  • PAM 5500 Operations and Planning of Senior Living and Related Facilities (1 credit, Sloan program permission required to enroll)
  • PAM 5740 Fundamentals of Health Facility Planning for Managers (1 credit)
  • PAM 5760 Long Term Care and Living Alternatives for the Older Adult (1 credit)
  • PAM 5900 Special Topics in Health Administration and Finance (0.5-3 credits, may be repeated for credit if different topics covered)


Additional Policies:

  • Completing requirements 2 and 3 above will not result in 15 credits. Students must select one additional PAM course. The additional course may be at the 2000, 3000, or 4000 level. The 3000 and 4000 level courses have prerequisites, so this additional course can be used to fulfill the prerequisite if desired.
  • There can be no substitution for any of the required courses.
  • Students must enroll in the PAM section of the course.  Cross-listed sections are NOT applicable. 
  • Students must earn a grade of B- or better in every course. S/U will not be accepted unless it is the only grade option available.
  • PAM 1200 Rose Scholar’s Program and  PAM Special studies courses (PAM 4000, 4010, 4020, 4030)  do NOT count towards the health policy minor.
  • Only courses taught in Ithaca count, with the exception of the Cornell in Turin course, PAM 3620.
  • PAM and HCP majors are not eligible to complete the health policy minor.


Questions related to the Health Policy and PAM minors and should be addressed to Jen Wright, undergraduate coordinator, or Sharon Sassler, Director of Undergraduate Studies.