Public Health Careers

The best reasons to work in public health 

The field of pub­lic health is emerg­ing with growth and oppor­tu­ni­ties. Now more than ever is an excit­ing time to join this thriv­ing career path and become part of bet­ter­ing the com­mu­ni­ty and envi­ron­ment. Through strength­en­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions, con­duct­ing research, or ana­lyz­ing data, pub­lic health grad­u­ates can find employ­ment in the pub­lic or pri­vate sec­tor, with­in non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tions, or in local, state, and fed­er­al health depart­ments. In addi­tion, clin­i­cians can enhance their skills with a com­mu­ni­ty-based per­spec­tive.

UNE Public Health’s top 10 reasons to pursue a public health career:

  1. Job Oppor­tu­ni­ty – The job mar­ket is on the rise and the demand for work­ers will con­tin­ue to grow. The Asso­ci­a­tion of Schools and Pro­grams of Pub­lic Health (ASPPH) esti­mates that by the year 2020, the Unit­ed States will be fac­ing a short­fall of at least 250,000 pub­lic health work­ers. There is no bet­ter time to earn your MPH degree.
  2. Self Ful­fill­ment – There is no greater sat­is­fac­tion in life than know­ing that you wake up every­day work­ing to improve your life and the lives of those around you.
  3. Cul­ture & Diver­si­ty – The field of pub­lic health opens doors to diverse cul­tur­al expe­ri­ences around the world that help you grow as a per­son and become exposed to a vari­ety of chal­lenges and oppor­tu­ni­ties.
  4. Broad Appli­ca­tion – The oppor­tu­ni­ties are end­less when it comes to apply­ing pub­lic health skills. Pub­lic health exper­tise is val­ued in many set­tings includ­ing med­ical, den­tal, social work, gov­ern­men­tal, and beyond. This will allow you to choose what area best fits your future goals.
  5. Inter­pro­fes­sion­al Col­lab­o­ra­tionUNE pre­pares stu­dents to col­lab­o­rate across mul­ti­ple health pro­fes­sions to pro­mote team­work and work towards the com­mon goal of build­ing a more patient-cen­tered and com­mu­ni­ty/pop­u­la­tion-ori­ent­ed sys­tem.
  6. Cut­ting Edge & Inno­v­a­tive – Work­ing in pub­lic health puts you at the fore­front of the major tech­no­log­i­cal advance­ments and break­throughs that ben­e­fit the local, nation­al, and glob­al com­mu­ni­ty. Being part of this inno­v­a­tive field will give your career a boost of excite­ment and addi­tion­al per­son­al mean­ing while work­ing hard towards a com­mon goal.
  7. Lead­er­ship Oppor­tu­ni­ties – With the con­stant growth and demand for expan­sion with­in the field of pub­lic health, lead­er­ship oppor­tu­ni­ties are abun­dant and will be plen­ti­ful through­out your career. These expe­ri­ences will expand your skills, pre­pare you for more respon­si­bil­i­ty, and build a sol­id foun­da­tion of knowl­edge.
  8. Dual Degree Options – Stu­dents have the option to pur­sue dual degrees that com­pli­ment their pub­lic health inter­est while strength­en­ing an addi­tion­al skill set. Exam­ples include DO, DVM, Pharm.
  9. Acces­si­bil­i­ty & Flex­i­bil­i­tyUNE’s Online Pub­lic Health pro­gram was designed to allow peo­ple to con­tin­ue their busy lives such as a full-time job or active fam­i­ly life, while still being able to achieve a high­er edu­ca­tion. The flex­i­bil­i­ty of the pro­gram allows any­one from any­where to pur­sue their career goals while main­tain­ing their per­son­al respon­si­bil­i­ties.
  10. Improv­ing Com­mu­ni­ties – At the end of the day being part of pub­lic health is most reward­ing because you are involved in the effort to improve the lives of peo­ple all around the world. From assist­ing in a local health care pol­i­cy, to vol­un­teer­ing in rur­al com­mu­ni­ties in Ghana, every­thing you do is for the bet­ter­ment of com­mu­ni­ties.

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