About UsWelcome to Careersinpublichealth.net! Are you interested in an exciting and rewarding career in public health? Then this new website is for you - it is full of the information that people need to know who want to work in the exciting, dynamic field of public health.
This website includes information about all areas of public health, including:
- Different specialities of public health - epidemiology, biostatistics, health education, environmental health, and more
- Detailed career path information for all major public health specialties
- Information about 191 top schools of public health
- Detailed information about top online public health programs
- Average public health salary by state, and top public health employer for each
- Education requirements for different public health careers
- Anticipated job demand for major public health careers in the future
About our Contributors
Ann Steele, Director
Ann Steele is Community Director and Public Health Advocate at CareersinPublicHealth.net. She works directly with our contributors and researchers.
Raluca Schachter is our resident natural health contributor. Our public health depends on eating right! She is passionate and dedicated natural health practitioner who loves to help people reach optimal health. She believes in traditional, unaltered food, ancestral wisdom, sustainable farming and living.
Betty Jung RN MPH MCHES
Betty Jung is an experienced educator, epidemiologist, program developer and evaluator, with an extensive background in public health, higher education, nursing and state government. She is currently an adjunct lecturer at SCSU and Director at Public Health Expertise Network of Mentors (PHENOM).
Kate Swartz, MPH
Founder and Editor at Street Fighters of Public Health. Kate is an active contributor, coordinator and communicator for CareersinPublicHealth.net. Kate comes to us from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.
Rafa Veraza MPH
Rafa Veraza is Co-Author and Community Liason for CareersinPublicHealth.net. He received his MPH under a NIH Fogarty fellowship through Dr. Carlos Del Rio, head of the Hubert Department of Global Health, after spending one year in Botswana as a Rotary International Fellow working on HIV/AIDS issues.
Dr. Greg Martin MD, MPH, MBA
Dr. Martin is Chief Administrator and Community Director at CareersinPublicHealth.net. He is directly responsible for overseeing website content and addressing key public health career questions and decisions posed by our community members. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Globalization and Health and hails from The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Ramon Llamas, MPH
Ramon Paolo Llamas received a B.S. in Biological Sciences with a minor in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine and an MPH with an emphasis in Health Education and Promotion from the University of Southern California.
Caity Jackson BHSc, MScMed
Caity Jackson, BHSc, MScMed in Global Health International Recruitment Officer, Karolinska Institutet Panelist, TWiGH.org Co-Director - MentorNet - http://csihmentornet.wordpress.com/ Director - Jackson Consulting KI Digital Ambassador - http://studentblogski.wordpress.com/author/caityjackson/
Rafa & Ann
What Is Public Health?
A career in public health offers something for every professional. Are you interested in mathematics and modeling? Then consider epidemiology or biostatistics. Do you like to make a difference in both the health of communities and the environment? Then consider environmental health as a career. If you are more interested in the administration side of things, then consider public health administration. Those interested in education can find an exciting career in public health education to help people learn about how to prevent the spread of diseases.
An Exciting Time for a Public Health Career
In a time of soaring healthcare costs, there is more of a focus in most countries on trying to prevent illness and disease before they gain a foothold in the population. In fact, most public health experts agree that many major advances in health in the next 30 years will not be from new medical findings, but from more development of population-based prevention programs.
Health services delivery systems are changing all over the world, with more stress put on health promotion and disease prevention. This change in focus on health care is creating many new opportunities for new public health professionals.
Also, the public is becoming more informed about the effects of pollutants and toxic wastes on health. So there is more emphasis put on assuring the safety of local communities and also worker safety and health. Consequently, there is more demand for public health experts in environmental health and industrial hygiene.
Last, there has been a major surge in public health research in the area of women’s health, and child substance abuse. There also is more of a stress being place on making behavioral changes to lower the risk of STDs, HIV and TB. We also are seeing more emphasis on school health and the health of disadvantaged populations.
Public Health Education Opportunities Increasing
With the demand for public health professionals increasing, there are more colleges and universities offering programs in public health. Note that few universities offer undergraduate programs in public health; students can obtain a degree in a related discipline, such as microbiology, chemistry or engineering. Then, they can work towards earning their master’s degree in public health, or MPH.
There are now 36 schools of public health in the US today that are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, or CEPH, which is the major accrediting body for public health programs. More are being created every year.
What You Will Learn Here
This website is designed to provide you with all of the information you need to choose your public health career. For example, you will learn about these major public health career fields:
- Biostatistics - This is the science that applies theories of statistics and mathematical principles to research in biology, public health, medicine and environmental science. You will use mathematical and scientific tools to learn the cause of diseases and injuries. Biostatisticians can earn a salary of $75,000 with a master’s degree, and job demand will soar by 27% by 2022.
- Epidemiology - These professionals engage in fieldwork to determine the causes of diseases and injury, what kind of risks there are, who is at most risk and how to stop further spread of disease. These experts understand the demographic and social trends that stem from injury and disease. This public health profession is very important in stopping disease in its tracks - the discovery and containment of major outbreaks of flu or mad cow disease often is done by epidemiologists. Median salary in this field is $65,300, with an increase of job demand of 10% by 2022.
- Environmental health - These scientists improve public health by identifying and addressing major environmental risk factors of illness and disease. This is a very complex and multifaceted profession, which spans chemistry, toxicology and engineering. You can expect a median salary of $63,500, and job demand will increase by 15% by 2022.