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.


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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   



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. 

AIDS Educator   Health Marketing Coordinator     
Health Promotion Programmer                 Athletic Trainer  
Cancer Information Specialist   Health Workshop Instructor  
Healthy Start Coordinator   Case Manager       
Community Health Coordinator   Health Media Consultant  
Community Organizer   International Health Worker  
Corporate Fitness Coordinator   Medical Supply Sales Rep  
Diet Counselor   Patient Education Coordinator  
Patient Educator   Disability Evaluator  
Domestic Violence Educator   Prevention Program Director  
Program Evaluator   Drug Rehabilitation Specialist  
Elder Nutrition Coordinator   Program Resource Coordinator  
Public Information Specialist   Public Health Inspector  
Environmental Advocate   Rape Prevention Educator  
Rehabilitation Counselor   Family Life Educator  
Family Planning Counselor   Senior Services Coordinator  
Social Services Coordinator   Fitness Counselor  
Tobacco Educator   Head Start Health Specialist  
Wellness Coordinator   Health and Safety  Specialist  
Health Education Coordinator   Worksite Safety Educator  
Youth and Family Counselor   Health Journalist  
Alcohol Educator/Counselor   Health Resource Specialist  
High School Teacher   Community Outreach Coordinator  
Community Services Director   Occupational Health and Safety Officer  
Director of Volunteers   Pharmaceutical Sales Rep  
Drug Counselor   Program Events Coordinator  
Protective Services Worker   Employee Assistance Program  
Epidemiology Assistant   Safety Educator  
Sex Educator   Teen Outreach Coordinator  
Health Advocate   Youth Educator  
Youth Program Specialist   Cardiac Rehab Specialist  



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Beginning Salary Range 

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


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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 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 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 

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