The M.P.H. offers specializations in four areas:
- Health Behavior and Community Health teaches techniques for behavior change—health promotion, health education, community needs assessments, and the development and evaluation of intervention programs, with sensitivity to cultural factors.
- Careers: Behavioral Sciences and Health Promotion graduates can be employed as health educators, program coordinators, research associates, and program evaluators/researchers in a variety of settings, including public health agencies, private non-profit and advocacy organizations, medical advertising, and promotion agencies, and the pharmaceutical industry.
- Epidemiology provides students with the knowledge and quantitative skills necessary to participate in the areas of medical, clinical, and public health research, working to identify trends, patterns, and causes related to disease in populations.
- Careers: Epidemiology graduates qualify for careers in the areas of medical, clinical, and public health research with health care providers, local and state health departments, federal and global agencies, and the pharmaceutical industry
- Environmental Health Science provides analytical and problem-solving skills necessary to communicate with technical experts and their non-technical constituents.
- Careers: Environmental health graduates typically hold positions in industry, in compliance programs or as health safety officers; in consulting firms performing environmental monitoring or audits; in not-for-profit organizations as researchers and/or advocates; or in government in the areas of inspections and permits, water quality, food, sanitation, or air quality.
- Health Policy and Management provides students with an understanding of the business, program, planning, delivery and policy areas of health care.
- Careers: Health policy and management graduates assume roles as executives, researchers, planners, consultants, policy analysts, and legislative specialists. The program prepares students for careers in health care systems, managed care organizations, public health departments, consulting firms, pharmaceutical companies and federal, state, and local government agencies.
Careers in Public Health
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