What Can You Do With A Major In Public Health?


PUBLIC HEALTH…is a behavioral science with the goal of promoting healthy living and preventing disease and illness.  A public health professionals’ purpose is to positively influence the health behavior of individuals and communities as well as the living and working conditions that influence their health.


Career Areas 

Community Health - organize community coalitions to solve public health problems


Corporate Wellness and Fitness - planning and managing health promotion programs for employees in a variety

of work settings, such as health fitness centers, hospitals, social service agencies, volunteer health organizations


Patient Health - working with other health care professionals in hospitals, long term care facilities, and other

healthcare agencies in providing health education information


Research discovering new methods to prevent disease and injury, reduce risks, and improve health of others


Environmental Health -focus on external health threats, hazards, safety concerns, and natural disasters


School and College Health -teaching school and behavioral health, providing coaching for students   



Sample Job Titles 

(To research these titles and more go to: (Occupational Outlook Handbook) and see the related print resources in the Career Services Library.


Health Educator

Community Organizer

Health Advocate

Health Program Manager

Patient Educator

Corporate Wellness Coordinator

Research Coordinator                                     

Behavioral Scientist





Work Settings   


Disease Centers


Non-Profit Organizations

Government Agencies


Public Health Department

Private Health Organizations

Mental Health Facilities

Health Foundations

Wellness Centers

Private Research Foundations

Biotechnology Firms

Environmental Agencies




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Beginning Salary Range 

Entry Level with a Bachelor’s Degree: $32,018 (Payscale Data for a Health Educator in Jacksonville, FL)


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Skills Needed For This Career 



Ability to teach / train

Explaining ideas clearly

Writing and presenting

Decision making



Dealing with parents or guardians

Lesson planning

Summarizing ideas

Detailed oriented


Team player


Computer skills



Links To Professional Associations 

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.

Certified Health Education Specialist
American Public Health Association
Society for Public Health Education
National Public Health Leadership Development Network
National Association of Community Health Center
National Association of County and City Health Officials
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Explore Health Education
American College of Epidemiology
Association for Professionals in Infection Control


Job Search Information

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Graduate Schools 

University of Florida
Barry University
Florida International University
Nova Southeastern University
University of West Florida
University of South Florida
Florida A&M  



Link To UNF Program 

The Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Science in Public Health    



Holland Codes 

Community Health- Social; Enterprising; Investigative (SEI)



Career Action Plan 

Conduct and informational interview or shadow a professional in this field

Gain experience through internships in a healthcare setting

Join student clubs associated with health 

Get involved in volunteer work or community service to gain experience

Join a Professional Association

Develop leadership skills on-campus (RA, Peer Advisor, Presidential Envoy, Student Government, etc.)

Gain research experience by working with a professor or faculty member on their research