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.


Some Related Career Paths

  • Department of Public Health/Community Health 
  • Public or Community Health - organizing community coalition to solve public health problems
  • School and College Health - teaching school and behavioral health and providing health coaching/counseling for students
  • Patient Health - working with other health care professionals in hospitals, long term care facilities, and other healthcare agencies in providing health related information
  • Wellness and Health Promotions - 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, and others
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Behavioral Science and Health Education
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Environmental and Occupational 
  • Global Health


Some Related Career Titles

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


Entry Level Jobs


Health Science Officer

Medical Claims Representative

Mental Health Case Manager

Program Director

Health Educator

Medical Record Representative

Health Information Specialist

Community Services Specialist

Health Teacher

2 Years Minimum Experience Needed Positions and/or Master Degree 

Health Advocate

Health Services Administrator

Agency Director

Health Personnel Director






 General Career Directions
  • Health Advocate
  • Health Officer
  • Medical Claims Representative
  • Smoking Cessation Contractor
  • Case Manager
  • Director of Volunteers
  • Health and Wellness Educator
  • Outreach Claims Representative  
  • Medical Records Representative
  • Health Administrator
  • Community Service Agency Director
  • Health Information Specialist
  • Hospital Personnel Director
  • Community Services Specialist
  • Health Teacher


Typical Employers/Work Settings  

  • Disease Centers
  • Hospitals/Clinics
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Government Agencies
  • Corporations
  • Public Health Department
  • Private Health Organizations
  • Healthcare Recruiting Companies
  • Insurance Companies
  • Rehabilitation Clinics
  • Health Systems
  • Medical Groups
  • Hospices
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Mental Health Facilities
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Health Foundations
  • Wellness Centers
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Private Research Foundations
  • Biotechnology Firms
  • International Health Agencies
  • Environmental Agencies
  • Consulting Firms


Jacksonville Employers Hiring Community Health Majors 


Duval County Health Dept.
Baker County Health Dept.
Clay County Health Dept.
St. Johns County Health Dept.
Nassau County Health Dept.
JEA (Jacksonville Electric Authority
Baptist Hospital
Baptist Medical Center
St. Luke's Hospital
St. Vincent's Hospital
MAYO Clinic-Jacksonville
Shand's Healthcare
American Cancer Society
American Heart Disease
American Lung Association
Centers for Disease Control and    Prevention
State Health Department
March of Dimes
Florida Times Union
Brooks Rehabilitation
University of Florida/JAX
Maxim Healthcare
Renaissance Behavioral Health     Systems
Private and Parochial Schools
Spina Bifida Association
Career Coaches
Professional Placement
Health Planning Council
Family Nurturing Center

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Beginning Salary Range

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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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 Assocations

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
American Dietetic Association
American Society for Nutrition
Certified Health Education Specialist
Florida Dietetic Association 
National Association of Nutrition Professionals  
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

Department of Public Health/Community Health


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.



Graduate Schools

Department of Public Health/Community Health
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  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


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