Public health is the science and art of preventing illness and disease and promoting evidence-based health practices with the goal of improving the quality of life. It is concerned with threats to health based on population health analysis. The population in question can be as small as a handful of people, or as large as the inhabitants of several continents. The dimensions of health can encompass a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, as defined by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).
Public health incorporates the interdisciplinary approaches of epidemiology, biostatistics, and a vast array of health services. A host of specialists including educators, journalists, researchers, administrators, environmentalists, demographers, social workers, laboratory scientists, and more work to protect the health of the public. Public health professionals serve local, national, and international communities in settings such as environmental health, community health, behavioral health, health economics, public policy, insurance and occupational health. Public health is a very rewarding field offering great personal fulfillment in serving others.
Public health practitioners work in a variety of settings to include professional offices, community health clinics, hospitals, community centers, classrooms, and environmental health field work.
Annual Wages for Occupations: Bachelor’s level public health professionals
$37,000 - $50,000
Master’s level public health professionals
$60,000 - $150,000
Public health education
Maternal and child health
Health services research
Health planning and assessment
HELPFUL SKILLS & PREFERENCES
Common Characteristics of Graduates
Excellent communication skills
Comfort with technology
Passion for learning and challenges
Ability to work well within a diverse environment
Strong ethical perspective
o American Public Health Association
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