What Can You Do With A Major In Public 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.


Job Titles  



Community Development Specialist

Director of Wellness Programs and Services

Employee Safety & Wellness Coordinator

Environmental Health Analyst


Health Communications Specialist

Health Educator

Healthcare Analyst

Injury Epidemiologist

Manager, Health & Wellness Program

Maternal and Child Health Specialist

Outreach Educator

Planning Analyst

Program Coordinator

Project Specialist

Public Health Management Analyst

Research Associate/Scientist


Typical Employers/Work Settings  

Upon graduation students are equipped to take positions in health related government agencies, not-for- profit organizations, consulting firms, insurance companies, hospitals, schools, worksites and research organizations across the country and around the world. 


Jacksonville Employers & Internship Sites  


American Cancer Society

American Heart Association

American Lung Association

American Red Cross

Americorps/Health Corps

Area Health Education Centers

Bank of America (a Medifit Co.)

Baptist Health of Northeast Florida

Employee Wellness Program

Brooks Rehabilitation

Citibank (a Medifit Co.)

Community in Schools of Jacksonville

Corporate Care Works

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Daniel, Inc

Duval County Health Department



Emergency Preparedness

Environmental Health


Family Planning, HIV Integration

Healthy Jacksonville

Infectious & Communicable Disease

Maternal & Child Health

Public Health Statistics & Assessment

Tobacco Prevention


EPIC Community Services

First Coast YMCA

Florida Blue

Employee Wellness

Gateway Community Services, Inc.

Girls Incorporated of Jacksonville

Health Designs, Inc.

Health Planning Council of NE Florida

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition

IM Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless

Jacksonville Alliance for Sexual Minority Youth Network (JASMYN)

Jacksonville Center for Clinical Research

Jacksonville Children’s Commission

Jacksonville Electric Authority

Worksite Wellness Program

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Mayo Clinic

Mental Health America of Northeast Florida

Metro Kids Konnection

Nassau County Health Department

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Nemours Children's Clinic

NE Florida AIDS Network

NE Florida Healthy Start Coalition, Inc.

NE Florida Teen Pregnancy Task Force

PACE Center for Girls

Planned Parenthood of Northeast Florida

Police Athletic League

Safe & Healthy Duval Coalition

Spina Bifida Association

St. Vincent's HealthCare

Worksite Wellness Program

Susan G. Komen North Florida Affiliate

United Way of Northeast Florida

University of Florida Health, Jacksonville

University of North Florida

Department of Health Promotion

Environmental Health

LGBT Resource Center

Women's Center

Urban Jax

US Preventative Medicine


Worksite Wellness Program

Volunteers in Medicine

Wolfson Children’s Hospital

The Players Center for Child Health

Women's Center of Jacksonville


Beginning Salary Range 

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.  According to www.whatispublichealth.org, 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.

Biomedical Laboratory
$31,500 - $78,750

$33,000 - $63,000

$38,175 - $136,237

Environmental Health
$44,550 - $143,700

Health Education/Behavioral Science
$33,000 - $86,625

Health Services Administration
$37,050 - $161,400

International Health
$31,500 - $86,625

$31,500 - $70,875

Public Health Practice/Program Management
$41,175 - $102,000



Links for Public Health Organizations 

Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) www.aspph.org

American Public Health Association (APHA) www.apha.org

Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) www.ceph.org

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) www.cdc.gov

Global Health Council www.globalhealth.org

I am Public Health www.iampublichealth.org

Public Health Institute (PHI) www.phi.org                                                                                         

Society for Public Health Educators (SOPHE) www.sophe.org

What is Public Health?  www.whatispublichealth.org


Links for Public Health Job Search Engines 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Jobs: http://www.cdc.gov/employment/

HPCareer.net: http://hpcareer.net/

Indeed Career Search Engine: www.indeed.com

Public Health CareerMart (APHA): http://www.apha.org/about/careers/ 

Public Health Employment Connection: http://cfusion.sph.emory.edu/PHEC

Public Health Jobs: www.publichealthjobs.net

US Dept of Health & Human Services Careers: http://www.hhs.gov/careers/