Make a meaningful impact on your community
Public health professionals work to improve and protect the quality of life in communities through prevention, education, and policy.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for health educators and community health workers is expected to grow by 13% between 2014 and 2024.
The demand is growing across the country and the world for more health workers to meet ongoing community health needs. The aging population, the rise of chronic health challenges, worldwide viral epidemics, and a nationwide focus on preventive health have all influenced the necessity for more professionals in the field. Public health covers a broad range of fields but at its core is about prevention.
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- Behavioral health
- Health disparities
- Community health and preventive medicine
- Immigrant health
- Environmental health
- Health services administration
- Global health
- Maternal and child health
- Occupational health and industrial hygiene
- Disease prevention (HIV/AIDS, diabetes, etc.)
- Public health education and promotion
The public health program prepares students for jobs or advanced study in a wide range of entry-level positions in governmental, healthcare delivery, and non-governmental agencies whose missions are to improve the health of the public. The program prepares students to study the theory and practice of public health, health and wellness program development, the science and strategies for chronic disease prevention, data analysis, and how communication systems impact attempts to affect health-related behavioral changes. Emphases threaded throughout the curriculum include the concepts of cultural competence, health disparities, and social justice.
- Community engagement manager
- Community health manager
- Health communication specialist
- Health educator
- Health policy specialist
- Public health adviser
- Public health investigator
- Clinical trials manager
- Data analyst
- Emergency preparedness coordinator
- Environmental health analyst
- Health outcomes analyst
- Health promotion specialist
- Infection prevention specialist
- Policy analyst
- Population health manager
- Project coordinator/manager
- Public health program specialist
- Research assistant
- Social or behavioral scientist.
- County, state and public health agencies
- Non-profit organizations
- Hospitals and medical facilities
- Managed care organizations
- Corporate sector
- National Institute of Health (NIH)
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
As a working adult, you have experience that matters. Your firsthand knowledge will enhance classroom discussions, and you’ll gain skills that employers want. Plus, with Saint Mary's generous credit transfer policies, the coursework that you've already completed will help you finish your degree faster.