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Careers in Public Health

The availability of public health careers has been rising rapidly since beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and available jobs in public health are expected to increase for the foreseeable future. A career in public health can make you a huge asset to your community. You’ll be able to work with large groups of people and study the health of populations, neighborhoods, cities, and more. Most people believe that public health careers mean you’ll be working for the government or a hospital, but that isn’t the case today. Private healthcare and pharmaceutical companies, large universities and even non-profit organizations also have a tremendous need for jobs in the public health sector. Careers in the public health sector often require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Many administrative-level jobs in this field prefer a Master in Public Health, or MPH.

Health Services Manager

A health services manager oversees a medical facility, whether it’s just a small clinic, an regional urgent care center or possibly an entire wing of a hospital. They are responsible for the operations of the facility, including services, billing, hiring, laws and regulations, and more. This position requires managerial skills and administrative and organizational abilities. Most health services administrators and managers have a MPH degree.


If you like examining data and seeing how it applies to the world around you, a career in biostatistics might be for you. A biostatistician takes data and uses statistics to determine medical patterns and trends. They are also invaluable in clinical drug trials for pharmaceutical companies, as statistical and numerical data are crucial to proving the efficacy of new drugs. Degrees in statistics are required, with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.

Health Care Consultant

A health care consultant is similar to a health services manager or administrator. However, a consultant usually works for an independent, third-party company that is hired by medical facilities to evaluate their operations. Health care consultants typically determine where there is waste, redundancy and hazards in a medical facility or complex and provide solutions to rectify these oversights. Your job would consist of working with different companies and possibly traveling around the country. If you like looking at complex systems, identifying problems, providing solutions and then moving on to the next challenge, a health care consultant might be a position that suits you. A MBA (Master of Business Administration) or MPH degree is typically a requirement.

Medical Coder/Medical Records Technician

Medical coding is a rapidly-growing field in the health care industry. Medical coders learn and use ICD-11, or the International Classification of Diseases standard. A medical coder will be responsible for admitting patients, billing insurance companies and keeping accurate records. Using ICD codes, the coder will properly chart the patient’s information so the insurance company will be billed correctly and future medical professionals will have a succinct patient history to work from. The medical coder job is one of the few positions where you can start with only an associate’s degree. However, a bachelor’s degree or more will open the door for better opportunities in the field.


As an epidemiologist you will examine diseases and how they manifest themselves in a population. Epidemiologists tackle public health problems occurring in a large group. You may try to discover why everyone in only a certain neighborhood suffers from respiratory problems or track how a new disease spreads across the globe. This field is very data-driven and requires at least a master’s degree in public health.

Health Education Specialist

Specialists in the health education field will work with people, either as a group or individually, to provide information and resources for improved health and well-being. A health education specialist might work for a large company, providing one-on-one guidance to employees about nutrition and more, or they can also work in a public health setting. Many local departments of health employ multiple education specialists to educate their patients before, during and after treatment. The specialist is essential in providing information to the public about healthy choices and behaviors. A health education specialist position typically requires a bachelor’s degree.

Occupational Health and Safety Specialist

An occupational health and safety specialist is similar to a health care consultant, except the safety specialist is more focused on their analysis of a facility or company’s safety record. A safety specialist might work with a hospital to determine where there are hazards and safety issues, then draw up a report for the hospital to use to improve their occupational safety. This position might also place you in front of people, giving lectures and demonstrations on proper safety in medical settings. This job typically requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in occupational health and safety. Risk management is also another useful skillset for this position.

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