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Public Health

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 13:41

A Masters in Public health (MPH) offers an abundance of job opportunities. If you are more interested in working out statistics, conducting research, or working face to face with people, a career in public health could be the right choice for you. Public health is for those of you who want to gain satisfaction from knowing that they are working to improve the lives of others and make a positive contribution to society.

Why Pursue a Career in Public Health?

Public health is an exciting and growing field of study. The field challenges its professionals to confront complex health issues, such as improving access to health care, controlling infectious disease, and reducing environmental hazards, violence, substance abuse, and injury.

Public health is a diverse and dynamic field. Professionals come from varying educational backgrounds and can specialize in an array of fields. A host of specialists, including teachers, journalists, researchers, administrators, environmentalists, demographers, social workers, laboratory scientists, and attorneys, work to protect the health of the public.

Public health is a field geared toward serving others. Public health professionals serve local, national, and international communities. They are leaders who meet the many exciting challenges in protecting the public’s health today and in the future.

Public health is a rewarding field. The field of public health offers great personal fulfillment - working towards improving people’s health and well being is a rewarding day’s work.

This is an interdisciplinary degree, drawing upon expertise across a wide range of subject areas and seeks to explore the complexity of Public Health issues.

Careers in Public Health

Here are a few brief explanations of some of the options in the field of public health.

Education: Public health problems involve complex and interrelated social, behavioral, legal, medical, and economic issues. If you are interested in health education, virtually every specialization within public health offers career opportunities that will make an impact on people’s lives. As an educator with a graduate degree in public health, your primary challenge will be to develop and implement interventions designed to improve overall health.

Administration/Management: Rapid changes in both the public and private sectors of health care and related industries mean more opportunities for qualified professionals to manage complex institutions, organizations, and health services delivery programs.

Whether your background is in science or business, there are dynamic career opportunities for public health graduates in all sectors of the health care industry.

Policy: Health policy examines the complexity and dynamics of our public health system and its impact on the health of individuals and communities. Whether you are looking for a career in health policy in the private or public sector, a graduate degree in public health will multiply your career opportunities regardless of your academic background. With an advanced degree, you will be in a position to make vital health policy decisions that affect countless lives.

Community Practice: Community practice offers career opportunities to those striving for mobility or a leadership position in health care programs. A graduate degree in public health will equip you with the knowledge and leadership experiences needed to launch a successful career in community practice.

Research: A career in basic and applied research demands interdisciplinary skills to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing field. A background in science – biological, natural, social, or behavioral – opens the door to many career opportunities, and an advanced degree in public health will help you realize your full potential.

Different to Health Care...

Public health officials differ from health care providers in that they attempt to prevent health issues from happening on a community scale. They strive to improve the health and wellbeing of people by fighting for health care equity, quality, and accessibility. Clean air, clean water, adequate food and shelter, access to medical care, health education, disease prevention, and a safe working environment are just a few of the issues public health officials might address.

Find Out More

Universities will provide specific course information so you can find an MPH to suit your specific requirements. You can also visit:

It is also worth visiting the official website for the Association of Schools of Public Health. However, this site is mainly only useful to students who are interested in studying in the USA.


For more information on public health study abroad programs.