What is Public Health?

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Public health encompasses individual and population-level factors that affect the health and well-being of communities and populations.  The goal of public health research and programs is to determine which groups of people are at greatest risk of disease, and to develop preventive strategies to reduce risks. An  essential aspect of this work involves collaboration with communities to implement positive change for risk reduction and health promotion.

Careers In Public Health

With a degree in public health, you can make real and important differences in the health and well-being of your community. Below are just a few of the career options possible with a Public Health degree:

Health Policy and Management

  • Academic Policy Advisor
  • Legislative Policy Advisor
  • Management Policy Advisor


  • State Epidemiologist
  • Research Epidemiologist
  • Pharmacoepidemiologist

Behavioral Science and Health Education

  • Behavior Scientist
  • Health Educator
  • Mental Health Researcher

Health Communications

  • Communications Specialist
  • Journalist

Occupational Safety and Health

  • Corporate Medical Director

Environmental Health Sciences

  • State Environmentalist
  • Federal Environmentalist

International and Global Health

  • Reproductive Health Specialist
  • International HIV Specialist
  • Tropical Disease Specialist

Public Health Preparedness and Function

  • State Epidemiologist
  • Laboratory Director
  • Public Health Lawyer

Family Health

  • Local Health Officer
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nutritionist

More information can be found through the following excellent web resources: