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Public Health, Global Health, & Health Policy

If you are interested in the promotion and protection of people’s health and the communities in which they live, you might consider exploring careers in public health, global health, and health policy. Careers in this field focus on educating the public to promote healthy and safe behaviors, preventing, detecting, and responding to disease outbreaks and the spread of infectious diseases, conducting research, and crafting and implementing policies that improve and protect public health.

Explore Career Paths and Possibilities:

Below is a list of sample roles for students and alums interested in careers in public health, global health, and health policy, including potential internships, post-grad entry points, and higher-level positions. Roles in this area can be found in a wide range of sectors, including at nonprofit organizations, local, state, and federal government agencies, and private companies.

Potential Internships:

  • Civic and Public Policy Awareness Intern
  • Community Outreach Intern
  • Global Awareness Intern
  • Grantmaking Intern
  • Health Education Intern
  • Health Policy Advocacy Intern
  • HIV/AIDS Research Intern
  • Public Health Intern
  • Reproductive Health Intern

Post-Grad Entry Points:

  • Community Educator
  • Community Engagement Coordinator
  • Community Health Worker
  • Emergency Response Specialist
  • Health Educator
  • Public Health Program Specialist I
  • Research Assistant - Infectious Diseases

Higher-Level Positions:

  • Biostatistician
  • Community Health Specialist
  • County Health Department Director
  • Director, Infectious Disease Preparedness
  • Disease Ecologist
  • Emergency Management Specialist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Health and Human Services Administrator
  • Health Data Analyst
  • Health Policy Analyst
  • Health and Safety Engineer
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
  • Population Health Analyst
  • Prevention Specialist
  • Professor, Global Health
  • Public Health Director
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Research Associate, Infectious Disease
  • Senior Scientist, Vaccine Research and Development

Trends:

Some industries change more quickly than others, and it is important to stay informed on the latest trends in your areas of interest to ensure that you are best preparing yourself for internships and full-time roles post-graduation. Below are a few resources to get you started.

Professional Organizations:

Professional associations offer excellent opportunities for staying up-to-date on industry issues, trends, and research, as well as opportunities for networking and finding jobs and internships. Below are a few public health and health policy-related professional associations to get you started (click here for more tips on how to effectively engage with professional groups).

Transferable Skills:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Leadership
  • Initiative
  • Advocacy
  • Flexibility/adaptability
  • Empathy
  • Program evaluation, program development, foreign language, statistical software systems (e.g., SPSS and Excel) (hard skills)