Careers in Public Health

Careers in Public Health

What can I do with a degree in Public Health?

A degree in Public Health prepares students for a multidisciplinary field concerned with designing, implementing and evaluating interventions that enable individuals, families, organizations and communities to play active roles in achieving, protecting and sustaining health.

It is very typical for today's graduates to continue on to get their Masters in Public Health or related field. However, a variety of career paths for those holding a Bachelor's degree exist. Including applying skills in schools, hospitals, health care facilities, work places, communities, government and non-profit organizations worldwide. Graduates of the B.S. in Public Health can also become health educators or community education specialists.

Other types of employers include the federal government, state government, public health departments, non-profit agencies, wellness centers, community mental health centers, corporate organizations, international health agencies and research foundations.

Strategies to gain a career in Public Health

  1. Develop strong public speaking and presentation skills.
  2. Becoming familiar with grant writing techniques and submissions
  3. Get credentialed as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)
  4. Learn one or more languages
  5. Study, volunteer or intern domestically and abroad
  6. Participate in service learning projects, trips or missions domestically or abroad

For more information on occupations and salary visit: www.bls.gov/ooh