For Students

Accomplished master and doctoral level public health professionals are in great demand in today’s job market. Still, finding the right job and making the best career decisions will take a good deal of thought and planning. Students from all professional and academic backgrounds can benefit from career guidance. Whether you a seasoned professional seeking  a career change, a mid-level professional trying to advance in your organization, or an entry level student in need of “first-job” career advice, we are here for you.

Our approach

BUSPH graduates work in an array of exciting positions within healthcare providers, health insurance plans, pharmaceutical companies, NGO’s and non-profits,  government agencies (federal, state and local), health communications firms, consulting firms…the list goes on. Because the field of public health has become extremely broad, Career Services takes a strategic, “field specific” approach to our advising. Each of our career advisors has subject matter expertise in a particular field, and we infuse our knowledge of specific employers and hiring trends into helping students and alumni understand their options, and effectively market themselves in a targeted way.

Individual, in-depth career advising

Your career planning and job search should start here. A public health career advisor will work with you one-on-one, focusing on the following areas:

  • Assessing your career interests
  • Learning about employers and market trends in your specific field of interest
  • Marketing yourself (personal brand, elevator pitch, résumés, C.V.’s,  cover letters, and more)
  • Creating a targeted career action plan
  • Practicing how to network and interview
  • Creating a LinkedIn profile
  • Evaluating opportunities
  • Negotiating job offers or a promotion in your current organization
  • Preparing for performance reviews
  • Dealing with difficult work situations

Schedule an appointment. To schedule an initial 30-minute appointment to determine the approach to career planning that’s best for you, email sphcareeroffice@bu.edu and include your scheduling availability. We’re open 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday – Thursday and until 5 p.m. on Friday, but are happy to accommodate appointments off-hours.

Career events, workshops, and services

      • Career fairs and on-campus recruiting
      • Career Panels and Employer Information Sessions (visit the Events section of SPH Handshake)
      • Career-related workshops and drop-in sessions: these include resume, C.V., cover letter and “quick question” drop-in sessions as well as workshops on interviewing, LinkedIn, negotiating salary, and more.
      • Networking opportunities with alumni
      • Résumé, C.V.’s, personal statements, and cover letter critiques

          Online resources

          Career Library: has a wealth of helpful guides for every phase of your job search. Check out our templates and tip sheets on résumés and C.V.’s, cover letters, interview techniques, developing your elevator pitch, networking for success, using LinkedIn, and negotiating your salary.

          SPH Handshake: allows you to view job, practicum and internship postings, upload/update resumes, enable your resume to be viewed by employers through resume books, and view and register for Career Services events. There is also an extensive document library containing tips for every aspect of career development and job searching.  Please log on to complete your profile, and upload a resume or C.V.

          Weekly Career Update Newsletter: features a snapshot of where new graduates and landing jobs, upcoming events, external networking opportunities, and weekly career tips.