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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
  • Hospitals/Clinics
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Government Agencies
  • Corporations
  • 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)

More information on salaries

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 Exam

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