Public health is an exciting and rewarding field with a wide range of career opportunities. Whether you want to design and implement health programs, develop public health policy, administer public health services, or conduct research, Walden’s MPH program provides the expertise you need to advance your career and move into roles such as:

  • Health officer
  • Occupational health and safety specialist
  • Environmental health specialist
  • Disease investigator
  • Public health educator
  • Public health information officer
  • Public health analyst
  • Public health policy coordinator
  • Public health emergency preparedness and response coordinator
  • Global health professional
  • Research analyst
  • Health policy advisor
  • Epidemiologist
  • Community health worker

 

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

 

Who chooses a career in public health and why?

Public health is a wide field that attracts people from diverse educational and professional backgrounds—from mathematics undergrads who pursue careers in biostatistics to ecologists committed to protecting our environmental health to business people dedicated to improving health program administration.

Regardless of background or specialty, aspiring public health professionals are driven to make a broad, lasting impact on health, not only in their own communities but also all over the world.

 

What is the employment outlook for public health careers?

Depending upon your focus area, your public health career opportunities are expected to grow as fast or faster than the average for all other occupations in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Here are job growth projections and educational requirements for several major public health career categories*:

Public Health Occupation  Job Growth 2012–2022
Statistician 27% (Much faster than average)
Epidemiologist 10% (As fast as average)
Health educator or community health worker 21% (Faster than average)
Social worker 19% (Faster than average)
Medical and health services managers 23% (Much faster than average)

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, “Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition,” on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/ (viewed online February 11, 2014). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Testimonials

Edward Irobi

Edward Irobi

MPH Graduate / PhD in Public Health Student
The most rewarding aspect of pursuing my degree at Walden University is that I am in control of my future.
I continue to find the academic legitimacy at Walden to be far superior to other online institutions.
I chose the Master of Public Health program because I realized it would allow me to pursue becoming a health educator and professor.
Tira Wallace MPH Student
Tira Wallace
W. Sumner Davis MPH/PhD in Public Health Graduate
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Yvette McPheeters MPH Graduate
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