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 a given population.
  • Health education is a teaching field in which practitioners communicate information to internal and external audiences.
  • Health policy features a political component and requires comprehensive management skills to accomplish program goals and effect change.
  • Environmental health encompasses workplace safety and security as well as institutional health issues.

As the nature and practice of health care in the U. S. 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

To learn the top ten most in demand jobs in public health in 2014 and the median salary of the positions, check out this article.

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