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What Can You Do With A Major In Public Health, BSH, MPH? 

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. 


Master of Public Health

The MPH degree is the most widely recognized professional credential for leadership positions in public health. This degree is appropriate for those who wish to pursue careers in developing, planning, managing, or evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs, or in conducting public health related research. The UNF MPH Program prepares students with a broad understanding of the core areas of public health combined with a focus on competencies specific to the health promotion and education concentration area. MPH graduates will be able to integrate and apply their knowledge to address public health problems, and will possess skills and competencies necessary for public health practice in a wide range of public and private institutions. 


Program Accreditation & Professional Certification

The UNF MPH Program is nationally accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Graduates are eligible to become Certified in Public Health (CPH) by passing the CPH exam offered by theNational Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE). This certification is only available to graduates of CEPH accredited programs. Graduates are also eligible to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) by passing the exam offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).


Public Health Careers

Public health offers an abundance of job opportunities to suit a variety of interests and skills. Whether you are interested in crunching numbers, conducting research, or working with people, there is a place for you in public health. Recent college graduates and those that have been in the field for years have something to offer and to gain in this field. Public health is ideal for those that gain satisfaction knowing that they are working to improve the lives of others.


Public health professionals will be increasingly sought after as the health care industry expands due to increasing demands.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be a 21% increase in demand for public health educators from 2012 to 2022. Listed below are examples of job titles available to those who have a MPH.  

Brooks College of Health 
Public Health Courses
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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    

Typical Employers/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 

Sample Job Titles 

Note: Some of these occupations might require certification, licensure, or further education.

Additional Titles

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Beginning Salary Range 

According to,  salaries for Medical and Public Health workers range from $37,176 to $69,849 with Median salary of $49,110

Salary Resources

The salary range for public health workers is extremely wide due to the diversity of jobs, requirements, employers, and locations. Private industry traditionally pays more than government which typically pays more than non-profit agencies.  The salary ranges listed below are the actual salaries earned (adjusted for inflation using the national CPI - Bureau of Labor Statistics) within one year of graduation as reported by the most recent nationwide survey of graduates conducted by ASPH.

Skills Needed For This Career

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 Association of Community Health Center
National Association of County and City Health Officials
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
American College of Epidemiology
Association for Professionals in Infection Control

Links For Public Health Organizations

Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)

American Public Health Association (APHA)

Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Global Health Council

I am Public Health

Public Health Institute (PHI)                                                                                         

Society for Public Health Educators (SOPHE)

Job Search Information

Links For Public Health Job Search Engines

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Jobs:

Indeed Career Search Engine:

Public Health Employment Connection:

Public Health Jobs:

US Dept of Health & Human Services Careers: 

Graduate Schools 

Applying To Graduate and Professional Schools

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

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