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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  

 

Biostatistician 

Community Development Specialist 

Director of Wellness Programs and Services 

Employee Safety & Wellness Coordinator 

Environmental Health Analyst 

Epidemiologist 

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

Area IV HIV

Communications

Emergency Preparedness

Environmental Health

Epidemiology

Family Planning, HIV Integration

Healthy Jacksonville

Infectious & Communicable Disease

Maternal & Child Health

Public Health Statistics & Assessment

Tobacco Prevention

ElderSource

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

Vistakon

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
  Health Services Administration
$37,050-$161,400
Biostatistics
$33,000-$63,000
  International Health
$31,500-$86,625
Epidemiology
$38,175-$136,237
  Nutrition
$31,500-$70,875
Environmental Health
$44,550-$143,700
  Public Health Practice/Program Management
$41,175-$102,000
Health Education/Behavioral Science
$33,000-$86,625
   


  

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/

  

Holland Codes 

Public Health- Social; Enterprising (SE)

 

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