Area: Behavioral Science and Health Education

Sub-Area:

  • Programming
  • Disease Prevention
  • Community Outreach
  • Grant Writing
  • Fundraising
  • Volunteer Coordination
  • Social Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Teaching
  • Assessment
  • Research

Employers:

  • Local, state, and federal government
  • Nonprofit organizations such as:
    • American Red Cross
    • American Heart Association
    • American Cancer Society
    • American Lung Association
  • Community mental health centers
  • Local health departments
  • Corporate wellness programs
  • Fitness facilities
  • Schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Hospitals
  • Research and development firms
  • International health agencies

Strategies & Information:

  • Become familiar with grant writing techniques and grant submission procedures.
  • Supplement curriculum with relevant coursework in social work, sociology, psychology, English, journalism, or public relations.
  • Volunteer to gain experience and develop expertise in a particular area or organization.
  • Learn to work well with diverse populations.
  • Get credentialed as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).
  • Become involved in health programming on campus.
  • Obtain part-time or summer job with campus health center or wellness coordinator.
  • Develop strong public speaking and presentation skills.

Area: Health Policy and Administration

Sub-Area:

  • Operations
  • Finance
  • Program Management
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Facilities
  • Patient Care
  • Provider Relations
  • Policy Analysis
  • Policy Development

Employers:

  • Hospitals
  • Health systems
  • Clinics
  • Medical groups
  • Hospices
  • Home health agencies
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Mental health facilities
  • Health maintenance organizations (HMOs)
  • Academic medical centers
  • Public health departments
  • Government programs such as:
    • Medicare
    • Medicaid

Strategies & Information:

  • Supplement undergraduate curriculum with courses in business.
  • Earn a master's degree in Public Health, Business, or a related field.
  • Gain experience through internships and other work experiences.
  • Develop strong computer and technology skills.
  • For positions in lobbying and legislation, some will earn a law degree.
  • Join related professional organizations and build a network of contacts.

Area: Environmental and Occupational Health

Sub-Area:

  • Air Quality
  • Food Protection
  • Radiation Protection
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Water Quality
  • Noise Control
  • Housing Quality
  • Vector Control
  • Risk Assessment
  • Management
  • Policy Development
  • Consulting

Employers:

  • Government agencies such as:
    • CDC's National Center for Environmental
    • Health
    • National Institute for Occupational Safety and
    • Health
    • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease
    • Registry
    • Environmental Protection Agency
    • Food and Drug Administration
  • Local and state health departments
  • Armed services
  • Private research facilities
  • Environmental agencies
  • Consulting firms

Strategies & Information:

  • Plan to take courses in chemistry, biology, geology and other related sciences.
  • Learn to work well with a team of other professionals such as physicians, engineers, and scientists.
  • Read related journals to stay abreast of new trends and legislation in the field.

Area: Epidemiology

Sub-Area:

  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Program Design
  • Program Evaluation
  • Incident/Disease Investigation
  • Risk Assessment
  • Surveillance

Employers:

  • Local, state, and federal public health departments
  • Government agencies such as:
    • National Institutes of Health
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Armed services
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Private research foundations
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Nonprofit organizations

Strategies & Information:

  • Develop a solid background in the biological sciences and mathematics.
  • Gain experience with research. Volunteer to assist professors with research or apply for summer research programs.
  • Find a topic of interest and gain as much knowledge and experience in that area.
  • Earn a master's or doctoral degree in public health, epidemiology, microbiology, or a related field.

Area: Biostatistics

Sub-Area:

  • Research Methodology
  • Data Analysis
  • Clinical trials
  • Teaching

Employers:

  • Local, state, and federal government
  • Public health departments
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Biotechnology firms
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Colleges and universities
  • Research institutions
  • Hospitals
  • International health agencies

Strategies & Information:

  • Hone skills and interest in mathematics and statistics.
  • Develop strong computing and technology skills.
  • Get involved with research and gain as much experience as possible.

Area: International Health

Sub-Area:

  • Social and Economic Development
  • Health Policy
  • Demography
  • Women's Health
  • Children's Health
  • Design of Healthcare Systems
  • Disease Prevention and Control

Employers:

  • International organizations such as:
    • World Health Organization (WHO)
    • United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF)
    • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
    • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
    • World Bank
  • Bilateral government development agencies such as:
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Public Health Service
    • Office of International Health
  • Peace Corps
  • Nonprofit organizations such as:
    • International Red Cross
    • CARE
    • Doctors Without Borders

Strategies & Information:

  • Learn one or more foreign languages.
  • Study or intern abroad.
  • Learn to adapt to cultural and racial diversity.
  • Be willing to live and work in third world nations.

General Information and Strategies