The field of public health promotes and protects the health of populations. Concerned with crises of the collective, rather than of the individual, public health practitioners use statistical analyses, education, bench research, and intervention to advance their goals. Alumni who work in this field are responsible for the advocacy of sensible, data driven legislation, the identification of health disparities, and supplying quantitative solutions to local, state, and national problems. Public health can be broadly divided into:
- Promotions, education, and advocacy
- Environmental health
- Global health
- Health policy and management
- Biostatistics and epidemiology
Successful candidates have:
- Strong analytical skills
- Problem-solving skills
- Communication skills - both verbal and written
- Interpersonal skills
- Teamwork skills
Hiring and application cycle:
- Internship cycle - fall, winter, early spring
- Graduate program Application Cycle - fall, winter, early spring
- Job cycle- Spring, on-demand
- Advice for undergrads
- Public health fellowships, internships and learning opportunities
- US Department of Health and Human Services
Do I need an advanced degree?
Entry level opportunities include community health workers, health educators, outreach coordinators and researchers. Many of the professions listed above will ultimately require an advanced degree, certificate or training program.
This area of Public Health focuses on educating communities on good health practices, promotion of preventative methods and advocates for healthy living.
This area works to maintain and improve the health of people by promoting a healthy environment and by preventing harm caused by environmental factors.
- Environmental Health
- Emergency Preparedness
- Occupational Safety and Health
- National Institutes of Health / National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
- Environmental Protection Agency
This field analyzes and develops programs that protect the health of individuals, families and communities in the United States and abroad by uing education, development of healthy lifestyles, research and program implementation.
This section functions as the business side of healthcare to include developing policy, coordinating and directing planning, maintaining an efficient and effective organizational structure, managing the organization’s assets, and analyzing the organization’s profitability and efficiency.
- APHA Health Policy Internships
- APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government
- Health Services Administration
- Advisory Board Company
Biostatistics is the science that applies statistical theory and mathematical principals to research in medicine, biology, environmental science, public health and related fields. Epidemiologists do fieldwork to determine what causes disease or injury, what the risks are, who is at risk and how to prevent further incidences.