Career Ideas for Public Health Majors

Are you thinking of Majoring in Public Health?

Since Public Health is a pretty broad field, we thought that the best way to help you narrow down your options is by organizing them into four categories: Public Health Policy, Research, Administration & Management and Community Education.

We put together this quick guide to help you choose your area of focus along with a few career options to consider. 

1. Focus on Public Health Policy

Choose this option if: Health policies and laws fascinate you. You’re always thinking of new ways that public and private programs could improve the health of everyday citizens. A career working with healthcare policies is ideal for you.

Potential careers may include:

  • Management Policy Advisor
  • Policy Consultant
  • Director of Strategic Planning

2. Focus on Research

Choose this option if: You’re happiest when you’re presented with a mystery and left to put the pieces together. The emergence of drug-resistant diseases is creating a need for skilled epidemiologists and other research professionals who can help discover new and innovative ways to protect public health. 

Potential careers may include:

  • Infection Preventionist
  • Pharmacoepidemiologist
  • Epidemiologist

3. Focus on Administration and Management

Choose this option if: You’re a natural leader and you find it easy to keep things organized and delegate appropriately. You’re also a people person with great interpersonal skills that will help you maintain a good rapport with your team. You’ll do well in a management or administrative position.  

Potential careers may include:

  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Medical Office Manager
  • Director of Patient Admissions

4. Focus on Community Education 

Choose this option if: You love working with people to help them improve their lives. You’re always striving to eat healthy, stay fit, and take care of yourself and you want to help others do the same. Focusing on safety and prevention, you’re ideally suited for a job in community education. 

Potential careers may include:

  • Community Health Educator
  • Nutritionist
  • Emergency Watch Commander

Some of these careers require further education or training. If you have any questions about those careers, please contact us on [email protected]

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