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Public Health

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What is Public Health? Related Careers
Related Skills Job & Internship Search Links
Career Planning Links Professional Association Links
Miscellaneous Links OSU School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences

What is Public Health?

According to the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, "Public Health is an exciting and diverse field for those interested in the health and well-being of populations and their environments. Careers in the public and private sectors offer opportunities to work locally, regionally, nationally and internationally to promote health and prevent disease. Recognizing that multiple and complex factors affect the public’s health, our faculty and students examine environmental issues, access to health care services, health policies, and social and contextual factors as determinants of health. Professionals in this field implement educational programs, develop policies, administer services, regulate health systems and conduct research."

Public Health - What Can I Do with This Degree? pdf - lists the industry areas, employers, and strategies for using your degree.

Related Careers

Administrative Research Assistant


Air Quality Specialist

Marketing Representative


Maternal and Child Health Specialist


Medical Assistant

CDC Research Analyst

Medical Social Worker

Cessation Counselor

Medical Staff Relations Specialist

Child Interview Specialist

Mental Health Therapist

City Health Planner


Claims Examiner

Nonprofit Organization Director

Community Outreach Coordinator



Outpatient Clinic Services Director

Crisis Intake Specialist

Patient Care Assistant



Disease Intervention Specialist

Physician Assistant


Policy Analyst



Field Researcher


Finance Manager

Program Coordinator

Food Protection Agent

Provider Relations Specialist

Fund Raiser


Grant Writer

Public Health Administrator

Health Management Coordinator

Public Health Educator

Health Promotion Specialist

Public Health Lawyer

HIV/AIDS Specialist

Public Relations Specialist

Housing Quality Specialist


Human Resources Specialist

Risk Assessment Analyst

Infection Control Practitioner

Social Worker

Information Coordinator


Information Technologist

Volunteer Coordinator

International/Global Health Specialist

Wellness Program Coordinator



Related Skills

Ability to Work with Diverse Populations


Presentation Skills

Communication Skills (Oral & Written)

Intrapersonal Skills

Problem Solving Skills

Dedicated to Helping Others

Positive Attitude

Research Methodology

Job & Internship Search Links

Public Health Jobs

Health Promotion Jobs

Health Promotion Career Network

Medical and Public Health Jobs in the Federal Government

Public Health Career Mart

Public Health Jobs - Guardian Jobs

Public Health Employment

Jobs and Careers

Career Planning Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook -  the following links also provide a summary of the career, what they do, the work environment, how to become one, the job outlook, similar occupations and contacts for more information.

What is Public Health?

Explore Health Careers

MPHProgramsList.com - a free resource for students interested in graduate public health, public administration, public policy and health administration programs.

Health Administration Career Paths

Professional Association Links

This is Public Health

World Health Organization

National Health Council

American Society for Public Administration

American Public Health Association

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Association of County and City Health Officials

American Association for Health Education

National Public Health Leadership Development Network

National Association of Community Health Centers

National Institutes for Health

Council on Education for Public Health

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

American College of Healthcare Executives

Society for Public Health Education

Association of Schools of Public Health

Pfizer Public Health

Miscellaneous Links

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