Public Health

An MPH degree provides innumerable opportunities with multiple specializations within the five core disciplines in a master's of public health degree program.

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Education

Public health problems involve complex and interrelated social, behavioral, legal, medical, and economic issues. If you are interested in health education, virtually every specialization within public health offers career opportunities that will make an impact on people’s lives. As an educator with a graduate degree in public health, your primary challenge will be to develop and implement interventions designed to improve overall health.
Examples of job settings:

  • Colleges and universities
  • Public and private secondary schools
  • Consumer advocacy organizations
  • International organizations
  • Consulting firms
  • State legislative committees
  • Health service delivery organizations
  • Community organizations
  • Federal and state health agencies
  • Voluntary health agencies

Job Trends:

  • The AIDS epidemic with its related complex medical, legal, economic, and social issues is expected to substantially increase the need for qualified health educators throughout the world.
  • The rising cost of health insurance is causing corporations to increasingly sponsor healthier lifestyle programs for employees. Consequently, the demand for health educators in this sector is expected to grow rapidly in the next decade.
  • Educators trained in maternal and child health, nutrition, sanitation, industrial hygiene, population dynamics, and prevention of disease will increasingly find career opportunities in developing countries.
Administration/Management

Rapid changes in both the private and public sectors of health care and related industries mean more opportunities for qualified professionals to manage complex institutions, organizations, and health services delivery programs. Whether your background is in science or business, there are dynamic career opportunities for public health graduates in all sectors of the health care industry.
Examples of job settings:

  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Managed care organizations
  • Insurance companies
  • International agencies
  • Pharmaceutical and hospital supply firms
  • Professional organizations
  • Federal, state, and local government agencies
  • Industry and business
  • Colleges and universities
  • Consulting firms

Job Trends:

  • Health care is the largest industry in the U.S. and will continue to grow.
  • Employment opportunities in nontraditional settings such as ambulatory care and out-patient surgery clinics, home health, and other alternative delivery systems will outpace demand in traditional settings.
  • Greater emphasis will be placed on cost-containment, requiring innovative leaders in finance and economics.
  • The demand for marketing expertise will increase with competition.
  • Exportation of public health technologies to developing nations will expand well into the future.
  • The demand for qualified managers and administrators will grow as the industry expands.
Policy

Health policy examines the complexity and dynamics of our public health system and its impact on the health of individuals and communities. Whether you’re looking for a career in health policy in the private or public sector, a graduate degree in public health will multiply your career opportunities regardless of your academic background. With an advanced degree, you'll be in a position to make vital health policy decisions that affect countless lives. 
Examples of job settings:

  • Regulatory agencies
  • Advocacy groups
  • Government agencies
  • Public and private foundations
  • Professional associations
  • Industry
  • Corporations
  • Think tanks
  • Consulting firms

Job Trends:

  • Emerging scientific technology and associated medical, legal, economic, and social issues will continue to create demand for well-educated policymakers.
  • As corporations face rising health costs, the need for decision makers with analytical and problem-solving skills will grow in the private sector.
  • Exportation of scientific technology to developing countries will increase and expand the need for health planners and policymakers worldwide.
  • Policy planners in the public sector will be in demand to protect the health rights of the homeless, under-insured, elderly, or disabled.
  • Health policy experts will be in increasing demand to determine and control toxic waste disposal.
Community Practice

Community practice offers career opportunities to those striving for mobility or a leadership position in health care programs. A graduate degree in public health will equip you with the knowledge and leadership experiences needed to launch a successful career in community practice.
Examples of job settings:

  • Federal, state, and local health agencies
  • Voluntary agencies
  • Relief agencies
  • Consulting firms
  • Crisis centers
  • International organizations
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Health services delivery organizations
  • Substance abuse centers and agencies
  • Centers for the aging

Job Trends:

  • Demand is increasing for epidemiologists in public health agencies, industry, public and private health services delivery organizations, and international agencies.
  • Demand for nutritionists remains strong due to health, nutrition, and food assistance programs sponsored by both public and private agencies. Demand is also increasing in settings such as physician offices, wellness centers, media, and private industry.
  • There are national and international shortages for nurses, physicians, veterinarians, environmentalists, social workers, and engineers trained in public health technologies.
Research

A career in basic and applied research demands interdisciplinary skills to meet the challenges of a rapidly-changing field. A background in science – biological, natural, social, or behavioral – opens the door to many career opportunities, and an advanced degree in public health will help you realize your full potential.
Examples of job settings:

  • Research agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug Administration
  • Private research firms
  • Public and private foundations
  • Industry
  • Ministries of health
  • State and local governments
  • Academic institutions
  • International health agencies
  • Labor and consumer organizations
  • Health services delivery organizations

Job Trends:

  • The Second Task Force for Research Planning in Environmental Health Sciencereported a critical shortage in public health of qualified researchers in chemistry, toxicology, occupational health, environmental epidemiology, and environmental engineering.
  • As a result of the complex changes taking place in our health care systems, the demand for health services researchers in health economics, finance, and operations research is growing significantly.
  • The emergence of diseases such as AIDS and multi-drug resistant strains of TB, as well as continued increases in sexually transmitted and other acute and chronic diseases, has created a shortfall of research epidemiologists. This shortage is expected to continue for decades to come.
  • Demand for biostatisticians remains high with many positions available in both corporate and academic settings.

 

Job Titles in Public Health

The following are titles of jobs that are available to graduates of public health.

Health Policy and Management
• Health Services Research Analyst
• Legislative Policy Advisor
• Policy Analyst
• Corporate Medical Director
For occupational information on Public Health Managers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, click here.

Epidemiology
• State Epidemiologist
• Research Epidemiologist
• Pharmacoepidemiologist
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Health Education
• Health Educator
• Dean School of Public Health 
For occupational information on Health Educators from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, click here

Research and Environmental Health Sciences  
• State Environmentalist
• Behavior Scientist
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