Public Health Schools

Schools of public health are graduate schools that offer programs that prepare students for careers in the field of public health. The graduate degree is often a MPH (master of public health), but may also be a doctorate or a degree in health administration. Students may have undergraduate degrees in a wide variety of fields, and typically bring a variety of work and career backgrounds to their study in public health schools. This breadth of expertise and experience among students as well as faculty contributes to the interdisciplinary atmosphere that is also typical of public health careers. Public health careers, whether in epidemiology, administration, environmental health, nursing, health education, or nutrition, to name a few, are careers that are aimed at improving health outcomes for population groups.

Degree Programs at Public Health Schools

Most MPH programs are two academic years in length, although some may be completed in less time. Core curriculum for students includes classes in:

  • Statistics
  • Epidemiology and infectious disease
  • Public health methods
  • Ethics
  • Cross cultural awareness
  • Occupational health
  • Nutrition
  • Health care systems and policy

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities in the public health sector are projected to increase at faster than average rates. Salary expectations vary with specific public health careers, with health educators for example having median salaries of $44,340, and health mangers earning median salaries of $81,850.

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