Career Services

Public Health

 

What can I do with this major?

Area

Employer


Area:

Behavioral Science and Health Education

Sub-Area:

  • Programming
  • Disease Prevention
  • Community Outreach
  • Grant Writing
  • Fundraising
  • Volunteer Coordination
  • Social Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Teaching
  • Assessment
  • Research

Employers:

  • Local, state, and federal government
  • Nonprofit organizations such as:
    • American Red Cross
    • American Heart Association
    • American Cancer Society
    • American Lung Association
  • Community mental health centers
  • Local health departments
  • Corporate wellness programs
  • Fitness facilities
  • Schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Hospitals
  • Research and development firms
  • International health agencies

Area:

Health Policy and Administration

Sub-Area:

  • Operations
  • Finance
  • Program Management
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Facilities
  • Patient Care
  • Provider Relations
  • Policy Analysis
  • Policy Development

Employers:

  • Hospitals
  • Health systems
  • Clinics
  • Medical groups
  • Hospices
  • Home health agencies
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Mental health facilities
  • Health maintenance organizations (HMOs)
  • Academic medical centers
  • Public health departments
  • Government programs such as:
    • Medicare
    • Medicaid

Area:

Environmental and Occupational Health

Sub-Area:

  • Air Quality
  • Food Protection
  • Radiation Protection
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Water Quality
  • Noise Control
  • Housing Quality
  • Vector Control
  • Risk Assessment
  • Management
  • Policy Development
  • Consulting

Employers:

  • Government agencies such as:
    • CDC's National Center for Environmental
    • Health
    • National Institute for Occupational Safety and
    • Health
    • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease
    • Registry
    • Environmental Protection Agency
    • Food and Drug Administration
  • Local and state health departments
  • Armed services
  • Private research facilities
  • Environmental agencies
  • Consulting firms

Area:

Epidemiology

Sub-Area:

  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Program Design
  • Program Evaluation
  • Incident/Disease Investigation
  • Risk Assessment
  • Surveillance

Employers:

  • Local, state, and federal public health departments
  • Government agencies such as:
    • National Institutes of Health
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Armed services
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Private research foundations
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Nonprofit organizations

Area:

Biostatistics

Sub-Area:

  • Research Methodology
  • Data Analysis
  • Clinical trials
  • Teaching

Employers:

  • Local, state, and federal government
  • Public health departments
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Biotechnology firms
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Colleges and universities
  • Research institutions
  • Hospitals
  • International health agencies

Area:

International Health

Sub-Area:

  • Social and Economic Development
  • Health Policy
  • Demography
  • Women's Health
  • Children's Health
  • Design of Healthcare Systems
  • Disease Prevention and Control

Employers:

  • International organizations such as:
    • World Health Organization (WHO)
    • United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF)
    • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
    • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
    • World Bank
  • Bilateral government development agencies such as:
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Public Health Service
    • Office of International Health
  • Peace Corps
  • Nonprofit organizations such as:
    • International Red Cross
    • CARE
    • Doctors Without Borders

General Information and Strategies

  • Public health is a broad, multi-disciplinary field. Other specialties within public health include areas such as: women's health, children's health, nutrition, bioterrorism, gerontology, and veterinary public health.
  • A bachelor's degree opens the door for entry level opportunities in areas such as health education and promotion and environmental health.
  • A master's degree is typically required for management, administration, research, policy development, biostatistics, and epidemiology.
  • A doctoral degree is required to reach the highest levels of administration or research and for university teaching positions.
  • Many opportunities in public health exist with government agencies especially: The Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Health Resources and Services Administration, Indian Health Service, National Institutes of Health, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Become familiar with government hiring procedures. Obtain a government internship in area of interest.
  • Develop a specialty area of interest via supplemental coursework and/or work experience for greater marketability within that specific career field.
  • Cultivate personal characteristics such as enthusiasm, dedication, and a positive attitude. Maintain and demonstrate a personal commitment to healthy living.
  • Writing, research, and presentation skills are critical in most career fields related to public health.
  • Gain experience working with diverse populations across diverse settings. Learn to work well with others individually and in groups.