What Can You Do With A Major In Public Health?
Public Health is the process of implementing initiatives designed in response to needs and assets that can demonstrate improvement in the overall health and well-being of specific communities. Central to this process is the effective and efficient use of resources such that the overall cost of health care is reduced while improving quality of life. Community health professionals promote, maintain and improve individual and community health by assisting individuals and encouraging communities to adopt healthy behaviors. These professionals have skills in assessing individual and community needs, designing, planning, implementing and evaluating health and health related programs, coordinating health and health related services, acting as a health and health related information and service resource person and health communication.
Public Health combines a broad spectrum of liberal arts, basic sciences, social sciences and health science core and contextual courses to prepare undergraduate students in the field of health education/health promotion. Students gain experience and skills in promoting health behaviors and preventing both chronic and infectious diseases and injury, while learning the theories and research methods necessary for the development of this field. Students may take courses related to nutrition, sexuality education, substance abuse and violence prevention, exercise science, fitness and aging.
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Health Case Manager
Years Minimum Experience Needed Positions and/or Master Degree
Duval County Health Dept.Baker County Health Dept.Clay County Health Dept.St. Johns County Health Dept.Nassau County Health Dept.JEA (Jacksonville Electric AuthorityBaptist HospitalBaptist Medical CenterSt. Luke's HospitalSt. Vincent's HospitalMAYO Clinic-JacksonvilleShand's HealthcareAmerican Cancer SocietyAmerican Heart DiseaseAmerican Lung AssociationCenters for Disease Control and PreventionState Health DepartmentMarch of DimesFlorida Times UnionBrooks RehabilitationLifemastersNemoursUniversity of Florida/JAX HealthcareMaxim HealthcareRenaissance Behavioral Health SystemsPrivate and Parochial SchoolsSpina Bifida AssociationCareer CoachesProfessional Placement ResourcesHealth Planning CouncilAHECFamily Nurturing Center
Entry level with a Bachelor’s Degree: $45,370 (All information from the Spring 2008 NACE Salary Survey (National Association of Colleges and Employers)
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Ability to teach /
Writing and presenting
Dealing with parents
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.
Department of Public Health/Community Health http://www.publichealthjobs.net/ http://www.jobspublichealth.com/http://www.usphs.gov/ http://cfusion.sph.emory.edu/PHEC/phec.cfm?section_id=http://www.epa.gov/epahrist/ http://naccho.org/careers/http://www.mayoclinic.org/jobs/ http://astho.org/
http://www.MedicalBillingandCodingonline.com- comprehensive resource for medical billing and coding.
Community Health - http://www.publichealthonline.org/ www.publichealthonline.org/ -Free materials and tools span topics such as jobs and careers, educational program options and financial aid, preprofessional experience, and state and local government public health resources.
http://www.medbillingcodingonline.org/ -Site goes into specialty careers and provides information through salary tools, career path timelines, and job resources.
https://www.medicalassistantdegrees.net- a comprehensive guide to medical assistant training and careers
http://www.publichealthcareeredu.org - Local public health departments and resources by state.
Department of Public Health/Community Health University of FloridaBarry UniversityFlorida International University Nova Southeastern UniversityUniversity of West Florida University of South FloridaFlorida A&M
The College of Health at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Science in Public Health
Community Health- Social; Enterprising; Investigative (SEI)
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