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Top 10 Public Health Specializations*

  1. Health Administration (Health Policy & Mgt)
  2. Epidemiology
  3. Health Education/ Behavioral Sciences
  4. International / Global Health
  5. Environmental Health Sciences
  6. Public health practice and program management
  7. Biostatistics
  8. Maternal & Child Health
  9. Nutrition
  10. Biomedical and laboratory sciences / Microbiology
*Based on number of graduates from ASPH member schools of public health in 2006
Topics Covered in Public Health Programs
  • Introduction/Survey course
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy Management
  • Infectious Disease
  • Environmental Health
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Internship/Practicum Experience
  • Essentials of Public Health
  • Geography of Health in Healthcare
  • Research Methods
  • Global Health
Public Health Degrees
Online graduate degrees in Public Health from accredited universities and colleges.

Public Health

The field of public health challenges its professionals to confront complex health issues, such as improving access to health care, controlling infectious disease, and reducing environmental hazards, violence, substance abuse, and injury. Public health professionals come from varying educational backgrounds and can specialize in an array of fields. A host of specialists, including teachers, journalists, researchers, administrators, environmentalists, demographers, social workers, laboratory scientists, and attorneys, work to protect the health of the public.

A Master of Public Health (MPH) degree enhances career opportunities by providing students with qualitative and quantitative problem solving skills and professional training in communication and leadership. With professionals coming from such a variety of backgrounds, an public health degree provides a common language and framework so that all can work together. The U.S. Department of Labor indicates that a master's degree is a standard credential for management-level employees in the fields of medical and health services.

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Public Health Career Outlook

The demand for public health professionals continues to rise in response to global concerns such as bio-terrorism, potential pandemics, HIV and AIDS, and air and water quality issues. Additionally, rising insurance costs and increased awareness of public health and wellness have generated corporate and government support for prevention and education programs in areas such as diet, diabetes, obesity, tobacco use and workplace safety, among others. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs in public health is expected to grow 22 percent between 2008-2018.

Public Health Career Options

A career in public health offers something for almost everyone. Health administration and community health sciences are careers which involve being with people. Health education is a teaching field. Health policy includes a political component and covers a wide range of areas. Epidemiology and biostatistics involve math and modeling. Environmental health includes a wide range of science skills.

Public Health Salaries

According to the latest figures from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, public health occupations promise strong job growth and earning potential. Below are just a few of the career options available in public health. All figures are from 2015 US BLS data.

Occupation Median Salary Job Outlook, 2014-24
% Change, Growth in Jobs
Epidemiologists $69,450 +6%, +400
Health Educators $43,840 +13%, +15,600
Health Managers $94,500 +17%, +56,300
Medical Scientists, Researchers $82,240 +8%, +9,000
Social Workers $45,900 +12%, +74,800

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Kaplan University Online

Master of Public Health

The Master of Public Health curriculum is designed to provide you with core knowledge and skills in the foundational areas of public health. The program focuses on the public health core knowledge areas and practical skills to prepare you to enter the public health field. In addition, you will study concepts, values, research methods, and applications that could assist you as you prepare for a leadership or administrative career in public health within local, state, or federal governments as well as private industries. Core curriculum topics include: biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, and social and behavioral sciences. Courses teach you to apply principles of public health to real-world situations and develop administrative, ethical, and professional skills. These skills may help you pursue leadership positions in the expanding field of population health.

Health Education
Master of Science

The Master of Science in Health Education program helps prepare you to pursue a variety of career opportunities within the health education and promotion industry. The curriculum is designed to provide you with content knowledge and skills in the broad areas of public health education and community health. Additionally, you will study concepts, values, research methods, and applications that could help you prepare for leadership positions within health services organizations.

The curriculum has been designed to train you to meet the demands of the health education and public health workforce. You will receive training in the seven areas of responsibility for health education specialists—as identified by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC). Through successful completion of the program, you will learn how to plan, develop, implement, evaluate, and lead health programs to improve the lives of a community, advocate for change within society or an organization, and communicate health marketing efforts to engage underserved populations. Since the discipline of health education/promotion is a narrow field of study within public health, you will also study the foundational knowledge areas of public health, in addition to the health education specialty. The fundamental knowledge areas of public health include health data statistical analysis, epidemiology (i.e., study of diseases within populations), environmental health (i.e., biological, physical, and chemical factors affecting community health), health services administration, and the social/behavioral sciences (i.e., study of human behaviors related to public health). Through successful completion of the program, you will learn how to leverage a health system or organization to accomplish program goals through critical thinking and creative problem solving.

Southern New Hampshire University Online

Master of Public Health

SNHU’s online master's in public health gives you a solid grounding in the scientific basis of public health, preparing you to effect change for entire populations. You’ll study current health and wellness trends, probing strategies to help groups change health behaviors. You’ll also be well versed in national and global health policy and explore how communities allocate health resources. What's more, you'll tackle key legal and ethical issues, including public health inventions and biosecurity.

The online master’s in public health focuses on five core areas: public health and policy management, biostatics, epidemiology, behavioral sciences, and occupational and environmental health sciences. The program was developed by industry experts (including an impressive number who run statewide public health organizations) and taught by faculty members who are well-respected practitioners in the public health field. The degree culminates with a capstone project that synthesizes coursework with real-world experiences. Each of the core courses aligns with competencies defined by Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) and the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Benedictine University Online

Master of Public Health

The online MPH from a program with a 30-year legacy of success

Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the online Master of Public Health at Benedictine University curriculum is comprised of topics including chronic and communicable disease patterns, determinants of health, preventive health, health policy, and applied research.

Certificate offering (can be earned alongside your Master’s or standalone):

  • Emergency Preparedness Certificate

Choose from two dual degree options:

  • Dual Master of Public Health/M.S. in Management and Organizational Behavior
  • Dual Master of Public Health/Master of Business Administration

Health Management & Policy
Master of Public Health

The Health Management and Policy certificate of Benedictine University's Online Master of Public Health (MPH) is designed for health care professionals who participate in policy development. Health policy originates at many different levels in health care and professional organizations, and in government. It requires that the professional be able to assess the adequacy of current practices and to be able to recommend changes.

Health Education & Promotion
Master of Public Health

The Health Education and Promotion certificate of Benedictine University's Online Master of Public Health (MPH) is designed for persons who participate in or lead health promotion activities in a variety of settings. Health educators are employed in health departments, health maintenance organizations, hospitals, employee assistance programs, voluntary organizations and social service agencies.

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