What is public health?

Public health is an exciting field of work dedicated to protecting and improving the health and well-being of communities, particularly those seen as the most vulnerable. While a doctor treats people who are sick, public health practitioners try to prevent people from getting sick or hurt in the first place, and promote wellness by encouraging healthy behaviors.

What kinds of jobs are available for graduates?

Public health is a diverse and collaborative field. Bachelor of public health graduates can work in numerous sub-disciplines such as epidemiology or disease tracking, biostatistics, health education, environmental health, health policy, or disaster preparedness. For example, graduates may develop health education materials or health education curricula for communities, hospitals or health agencies. In positions at local health departments graduates may work in teams to track emerging diseases, develop and administer HIV testing programs, or identify and address health disparities. They also may work in industry or academia researching public health problems and solutions. Graduates also may help develop policy briefs for public health agencies, assist in the development and implementation of disaster management policies and plans, or track and address environmental public health concerns. The opportunities for rewarding careers in public health are as diverse as public health itself. Although the following link is designed for master’s students, public health jobs like these are available at ALL levels: http://www.careersinpublichealth.net/resources/100-things-you-can-do-a-masters-public-health

Why are graduates in public health important?

Examples of public health and an effective public health system surround us every day. Bachelors of public health graduates will contribute to an increasingly needed skilled public health workforce that will work on protecting our current and future public health.

Click here to find out more about the Mizzou Bachelor of Health Science In Public Health degree.

Program Update for Spring 2020

As of the start of the Spring, 2020 semester we are transitioning the bachelor’s in public health program from a 2 year program with an application process to a program that students can declare as their major at ANY POINT during their career at MU without an application. Come join us in the study and practice of community health. Email us with questions at mubphprogram@health.missouri.edu.

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