50 Amazing Things You Can Do with a Degree in Public Health

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There is no better time than now to earn a degree in public health. Public health careers are extremely rewarding and diverse, leaving many exciting options open those who obtain training and study in this broad field. Exciting careers are available at many levels of education. Regardless what your interests are, there’s a very good chance that you will find a place to suit you in public health. There are a number of Online MPH programs without testing requirements along with excellent CEPH accredited options from such schools as USC and UNE.

Here are 50 of today’s most exciting and competitive Public health careers.

  1. Public Health Doctor

Work to provide high-quality medical care to the general public.

  1. Tropical Disease Expert

Work to prevent tropical diseases from being transmitted.

  1. HIV Specialist

Work with those who have been infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

  1. Medical Director

Be responsible for the daily operations of large medical centers.

  1. Management Policy Advisor

Analyze activities and offer insight into the medical operations of various agencies.

  1. Public Health Veterinarian

Monitor to prevent the transmission of human to animal diseases.

  1. Public Health Lawyer

Draft policy meant to improve general health working with national, state and local legislatures.

  1. Public Health Dentist

Protect your community and provide knowledge, education and services to the general public.

  1. Director of Family Health

Oversee daily operations in a public health center.

  1. Public Health Engineer

Work to create a safe working environment for employees.

  1. Health Care Administrator

Take charge of the management of a large healthcare facility.

  1. Industrial Hygienist

Work to reduce the risk of workplace-related health dangers.

  1. State or Federal Environmentalist

Play a role in public health by identifying environmental threats that can cause disease or illness.

  1. NGO Director

Oversee the management of nongovernment organizations, create budgets, and promote the health of the community.

  1. Public Health Professor

Lecture, grade papers and create material for the courses you teach.

  1. Behavioral Scientist

Work to improve public health by examining the ways people interact with each other, create studies and perform research addressing mental health problems.

  1. Mental Health Researcher

Works to understand how people interrelate with the environment and each other.

  1. Outcomes Researcher

Study public health programs to see if the available evidence supports the practice, analyze treatments to learn whether patient’s quality of life improves.

  1. Vaccine Researcher

Improve vaccines and create new ones to prevent viral outbreaks.

  1. Bioterrorism Researcher

Work with federal and state agencies to determine potential hazards. These professionals are expected to analyze the possibility of terrorists making use of a particular biological agent.

  1. Pharmacoepidemiologist

These clinical researchers work to protect the public from various diseases.

  1. Epidemiologist

Identify public health concerns and understand the mechanism of particular illnesses.

  1. Infection Preventionist

Determine whether certain infections pose a hazard to public health. Analyze data and educate the community about how to prevent illness.

  1. Legislative Policy Advisor

Use legal insight and medical knowledge to influence public policy regarding health.

  1. Biostatistician

Compile data to influence policy and implement new policies regarding public health.

  1. Environmental Health Emergency Response Expert

Coordinate state and local teams and work to provide aid to populations hit by environmental emergencies such as hurricanes or flooding.

  1. Nurse Educator

Teach nursing students, and other professionals to provide continuing education to new graduates.

  1. Academic Policy Advisor

Take charge of decisions surrounding public health education programs, guide policies and allocate funds and grants.

  1. Health Communications Specialist

Provide the public and media with information on healthy lifestyle choices and disease.

  1. Disease Ecologist

Evaluate and research how ecological changes impact the spread of infectious diseases.

  1. Health Promotions Program Coordinator

Oversee the management and development of regional health promotions programs.

  1. Nutritionist

Analyze meals and create diet plans to help clients improve their health via a well-rounded diet.

  1. Public Health Information Officer

Provide information to the public on disease prevention and health issues, conduct research to discover issues that affect the local community.

  1. Medical Writer

Create documents on medical issues and present findings to readers.

  1. Public Health Consultant

Work with government agencies and healthcare providers to draft and utilize policies intended to benefit the public health.

  1. Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

Work with county health officials to protect the public against biological terrorism. Create plans to counteract potential threats and advise politicians.

  1. Emergency Preparedness Specialist

Provide education and training to the public and to first responders.

  1. Consumer Safety Officer

Works to ensure FDA regulations are enforced, initiate legal action and educate the public.

  1. A Behavioral Health Program Coordinator works with mental health providers and the community to provide a variety of services.
  1. Health and Wellness Manager

Analyze public health concerns and create programs to address problems that confront certain communities.

  1. Environmental Health Technician

Perform laboratory and field tests to learn how the environment affects public health.

  1. Health Teacher

Improve public health awareness within a local school system.

  1. Public Health Planner

Compile and analyze data about public health problems. Take charge of various county health departments, and obtain funding for their programs.

  1. Disaster Preparedness Researcher

Use historic data on disaster response times and effectiveness and create new comprehensive plans by which communities can respond to natural disasters.

  1. Community Health Worker

Educate the community on disease prevention issues and work to connect people with human services.

  1. Reproductive Health Specialist

Provide education and services to the public. Assist with family planning and provide testing for STDs.

  1. Medical Investigator

Examine and collect evidence during criminal investigations.

  1. Public Health Journalist

Write articles about medical topics. Inform the public about important issues for their long term wellness. Deliver scientific research to the public in a way that is accessible.

  1. Public Health Physician

Ensure quality medical care is available to the general public via research, teaching and leadership duties.

  1. Corporate Medical Director

Oversee the health of employees and use measures to prevent injury and sickness.

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Robert Sanchez
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Robert Sanchez is HealthGrad.com's Chief Editorialist. Robert Sanchez has over 10 years experience in the Healthcare field and more recently has become an avid writer advising on career and job topics in this exciting field.

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