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Public Health Careers

What do public health professionals do?

Public health professionals use knowledge of the interrelation of social, behavioral, legal, medical, and economic issues. They work with complex health issues within communities to protect and improve health for local, national, and global populations. There is a broad variation of career opportunities in the public health field ranging from provision of health care services in a clinical setting to working on prevention and wellness promotion programs. Within these areas opportunities exist in administration and management, advocacy and policy development, research education, delivery of public health services, and community outreach.

What is public health?

American Public Health Association

Where do public health professionals work?

  • federal, state, and local government agencies
  • clinics and hospitals
  • health agencies
  • insurance companies
  • international/global health agencies
  • pharmaceutical and hospital supply firms
  • educational institutions
  • policy analysis for legislative committees
  • relief agencies
  • crisis centers
  • rehabilitation centers
  • research agencies and firms
  • advocacy groups
  • law firms and legal support organizations

What will I like (or dislike) about this work?

  • high levels of public interaction
  • working in the community
  • involves strong organizational, communication, planning, and leadership skills
  • diverse and dynamic profession
  • hands on experience
  • high level of involvement

How is the job outlook?

Excellent, rapid changes in both the public and private sectors of health care and related industries mean career opportunities in public health are growing rapidly for qualified professionals. The skill set learned at Sargent will make you eligible for employment in many diverse health-related areas.

What are the educational requirements?

  • bachelor degree
  • master degree in public health
  • doctoral degree (if desired)

Which Sargent College programs apply?