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Public Health Explained

  • Public Health is a broad, multi-disciplinary field; other specialists within public health include areas such as: Woman’s health, children’s health, nutrition, bioterrorism, gerontology, and veterinary public health.
  • A bachelor’s degree opens the door for entry-level opportunities in areas such as health education and promotion and environmental health.
  • A master’s degree is typically required for management, administration, research, policy development, biostatistics, and epidemiology.
  • Many opportunities in public health exist with government agencies especially opportunities such as: the Department for Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, Health Resources and Services Administration, Indian Health Service, National Institutes of Health, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
  • Become familiar with government hiring procedures and obtain government internship in an area of interest.
  • Develop a specialty area of interest via supplement coursework and/or work experience for greater marketability within that specific career field.
  • Cultivate personal characteristics such as enthusiasm, dedication, and positive attitudes. Maintain and demonstrate a personal commitment to healthy living.
  • Writing, research, and presentation skills are critical in most career fields related to public health.
  • Gain experience working with diverse populations across diverse populations across diverse settings; learn to work well with others individually and in groups.

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APHA video about Public Health