Public Health Careers Resource Center

Learn more about public health careers and degrees in our comprehensive resource center.

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In public health careers, you'll work to improve the health and quality of life for entire communities—not just individuals.

You'll increase awareness of public health and safety issues in order to prevent illnesses and injuries—not just treat them.

Public health is a career field that encompasses a wide variety of jobs. So whether you want to track down the causes of disease as an epidemiologist or teach the public how to avoid getting sick as a health educator, there is a public health career that will fit your unique skill set.

Job Description

What makes a public health job worth doing? What's the difference between a biostatistician and an environmental public health worker? Read this article to learn about some of the many variations in public health jobs.

Choose a Public Health Degree Program

Get the public health degree that will best suit your interests and help you meet your career goals. Take a closer look at what public health schools offer, and start your career off right.

Public Health Job Outlook

Before you enter a public health career, it can be helpful to understand what to expect in the industry. Learn about job growth and employment statistics for common public health jobs.

Salaries for Public Health Careers

Public health salaries range from $31,500 to over $100,000 annually. Find out what to expect from the career you've chosen in the public health field. You'll find information about compensation for many public health careers.

Public Health Nursing

If you're interested in a nursing career where you can focus your energy on helping poor and underserved communities, consider a fulfilling career in public health nursing.

History of the U.S. Public Health Service

In modern life, we often take the presence of public health agencies and workers for granted. Learn how the U.S. Public Health Service got it's start. Explore the history of formalized public health service.

Public Health Personality Traits and Skills

No matter the type of public health job you choose, you'll always be striving toward improving communities and helping individuals. Disease prevention and health promotion will be the backbone of your career and you'll focus on the physical, mental and environmental health of all types of populations.

You are... You should have...
Compassionate High stress tolerance
Persistent Integrity
Organized Conflict management skills
A great listener Attention to detail
A clear communicator Cooperative nature
Socially aware Ability to be flexible and adapt
Excellent problem solver Critical thinking skills