Dramatic changes in our nation’s healthcare delivery system, coupled with a national emphasis on disease prevention and healthy living, are prompting a growing demand for highly qualified public health scholars, researchers, and leaders.
Whether you’re interested in conducting research, raising public awareness of health issues, managing healthcare organizations, or contributing to policy development, the public health field offers an exciting array of career possibilities.
Career options include:*
- Health department director
- Health officer
- Public health information officer
- Health policy advisor
- Public health researcher
- Post-doctoral fellow
- Global health professional/consultant
- Public health consultant
- Public health policy advisor
Top Public Health Employers
The field of public health touches numerous sectors, from government agencies to business organizations to charities. Some of the major public health employers in America today include:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Managed care organizations
- State and local public health departments
- Hospitals and medical facilities
- Corporate sector
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. employs approximately 100,000 health educators, community health workers, and epidemiologists in traditional public health settings. The first two categories are each projected to grow 21% by the year 2022.†
*Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
†Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014–2015 Edition, Health Educators and Community Health Workers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm (viewed online March 11, 2015). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.