Career Pathways

Upon graduation, SB concentrators work in a variety of settings, from public agencies to private organizations and academic institutions. Graduates are health educators for hospitals and nonprofit agencies, wellness-promotion specialists for managed care organizations and health insurance companies, program directors for departments of public health, evaluation specialist, associates in health communications firms, directors of college wellness centers, and intervention researchers. They may specialize in areas such as AIDS, substance abuse, violence and injury prevention, tobacco cessation and behaviors that prevent chronic disease.

Career Advising

Career advising opportunities are available to students in numerous ways. The Career Center, faculty advisors, other faculty, alumni, and field practice supervisors provide valuable guidance to students so that they may use their coursework as a springboard for employment. As members of the active public health workforce, adjunct teaching faculty also provide career counseling and referrals about public health employment and long-term career planning. Additionally, many students receive career advising from their supervisor and colleagues at their field practice site. These individuals can speak practically about employment in the field and often serve as contacts for mentoring, job searches, and contacts for future employment opportunities.

The Career Center

The Career Center (CC) conducts career and job search advising for prospective students, current students, and alumni. CC provides individual career counseling, resume and cover letter critiquing, mock interviews, a Career P.R.E.P. course delivered in a semester-long cohort model, career workshops and seminars, networking opportunities, an annual career fair, and a database of on-line job and internship opportunities.   Career panels and information presentations featuring professionals and employers in public health are held several times a year. Often these programs are collaborations between the Career Center, the Practice Office, and the academic departments.

CC also provides networking opportunities for students and alumni. Alumni networking events, and career panels and programs offer students an opportunity to make connections with alumni and community public health professionals that may assist them with their job searches. In addition to connecting students with career opportunities, alumni can often provide informal academic advising surrounding course selection based on their current knowledge of the field.

Students are encouraged to start thinking about their careers early, and should contact Maria McCarthy, Director of Career Services, for their first individual career advising appointment.