How To Prepare For a Career in Public Health


Careers in public health provide diverse and rewarding opportunities in an exciting and growing field. Professionals serve their communities through a broad range of jobs confronting complex health issues, such as controlling infectious disease, reducing environmental hazards, and improving community health. Jobs in public health include the following topic areas:

  • Behavioral Science/Health Education
  • Biostatistics
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Services Administration/Management
  • International/Global Health
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Nutrition
  • Public Health Laboratory Practice
  • Public Health Policy
  • Public Health Practice

Public health professionals come from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. However, earning a degree in the specific fields listed below improves a candidate’s ability to perform job functions and succeed in public health. Many positions require degrees in a specific area of study.

College Degrees

  • Biology
  • Epidemiology
  • Nursing
  • Biostatistics
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Health Education
  • International/Global Health
  • Education
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Environmental Health
  • Health Services Administration/Management
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Nutrition
  • Public Health Laboratory Practice
  • Public Health Policy
  • Public Health Practice

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Graduate Degrees

  • MPH = Master of Public Health
  • MHA = Master of Health Administration
  • MHSA = Master of Health Services Administration
  • MSPH = Master of Science in Public Health
  • DrPH = Doctor of Public Health
  • MD = Medical Doctor

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