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.

Depending on your specific interests, you can apply your MPH degree to 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.

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 and health clubs. With dozens of specialties in public health, you may be able to find opportunities in the following areas:

  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health care management and administration
  • Health education/behavioral science
  • International health
  • Nursing
  • Public health
  • Pharmacy
  • Physicians

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.