Public health graduates find work in a number of areas after they graduate including but not limited to careers in hospital settings, with local, state, or federal governments, university settings, nonprofit-organizations, and even pharmaceutical companies. Within these settings, public health work might include research, program planning and evaluation, policy development and advocacy, health communication activities, and more.
As MPH graduates might seek an employment in a variety of fields, labor statistics for some of these areas are provided below:
- According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics,(1) employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.
- Employment of Epidemiologists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Epidemiologists are likely to have good job prospects overall.
- Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life, the healthcare industry as a whole will see an increase in the demand for medical services.
For more information on the Public Health profession, please visit the American Public Health Association’s website.
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition, Health Educators and Community Health Workers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm (visited May 1, 2017)