Online Master of Public Health: Career Outlook

Your Future Public Health Jobs and Career Paths

The field of public health offers diverse opportunities for those who are passionate about improving community health and well-being at the local, national, and international levels. The outlook for public health careers looks bright as concerns about health care disparities grow, the population ages, and the average individual life expectancy increases.

MPH Career Paths

Choosing a career in public health falls in line with the Benedictine tradition of offering selfless service to others. Benedictine’s graduates leave their program with a sensitivity for those who are suffering, and a desire to help those in need. Depending on your specific interests, you can apply your MPH degree to rewarding public health jobs in a wide spectrum of professional areas:

  • Health administration and community health sciences involve working with people in any given population.
  • Health education is a teaching field in which practitioners communicate information to internal and external audiences.
  • Health policy has a political focus and requires comprehensive management skills to accomplish program goals and effect change.
  • Environmental health covers workplace safety and security as well as institutional health issues.

MPH Industry Projections

As the nature and practice of health care in the United States continues to evolve, the need increases for competent public health professionals to work on improving the health of its citizens. In the present climate of managed care and government involvement in health care reform, the public health sector offers great opportunities for reward and career advancement. MPH graduates can pursue leadership roles in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, public agencies, schools, corporations, non-profit organizations, and health clubs. With dozens of specialties in public health, you may be able to find opportunities in the following areas:

Career Description Projected Growth Through 20221 Average Salary1
Health Educator – work with the public to prevent the spread of disease, teach basic skills, and educate people about ways to improve their overall health. 21% $41,830
Clinical Lab Technician – perform laboratory tests on samples of human tissue and fluids to help physicians make diagnoses, or to match organ, tissue, and blood donors to recipients. 22% $37,970
Epidemiologist – study patterns and causes of disease and injury to humans; the research may be translated into educational materials or be used to change or create public health policy. 10% $65,270
Non-Profit Health Care Fundraising Director – uses writing skills and knowledge of grant programs to secure funding for non-profit health care organizations. 17% $119,373
Biostatistician – analyze collected data regarding the impact of genetics, pharmaceuticals, environmental factors, and other conditions on people. 27% $75,560
International Health Services Manager – oversee health care operations abroad; analyze laws, regulations, and policies to ensure that the organization is operating within legal parameters. 15% $80,200
Medical Health & Services Administrator – coordinate the health services provided by doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other personnel; prepare budgets, policies, and schedules for a health care department or facility. 23% $88,580

Benedictine’s Online MPH Alumni in the Workforce

In a 2014 survey of 99 online MPH graduates, 92 percent were satisfied to very satisfied with their experience as a student.

Other notable numbers include:

  • 88 percent of alumni feel the online MPH program at Benedictine prepared them for their current career.
  • 82 percent of alumni agreed that that they would earn their online MPH at Benedictine University if they could do it all over again.
  • 31 percent of alumni felt increased confidence in the workplace.

Benedictine online MPH alumni work at companies including:

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Pfizer, Inc.
  • Office of Public Health

To see additional survey results, view the infographic, Online MPH Alumni Journey From Classroom to Career.

To find out more about the career outlook with a Master of Public Health, request more information or call (866) 295-3104 to speak to an Admissions Adviser today.