Graduates from CSB/SJU who have earned graduate degrees in public health have majored in fields as diverse as peace studies, biochemistry, nutrition, biology, and political science.
Preparation and Resources
Public health is a diverse and growing field that offers many career options for people from a variety of educational backgrounds. Whether you are interested in the natural sciences, social sciences, education, or anything in between, chances are that you will find a position you enjoy in the field of public health. Public health professionals are essential to keeping our communities safe and healthy, and the work they do is extremely rewarding.
- Master of Public Health (MPH)
- Master of Health Administration (MHA)
- Master of Science (MS)
- Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
- Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)
- Completed application and payment of fee (The majority of schools of public health participate in SOPHAS).
- A personal statement describing the student's interest in and potential for contributing to the field of public health.
- A resume reflecting work/volunteer history.
- Evidence of an earned baccalaureate or graduate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution of higher education.
- Official transcripts of all academic work.
- A strong undergraduate record overall, with a grade point average of 3.0 or better in the subject of the major.
- Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references.
- Most institutions require submission of one standardized test (e.g. GRE, MCAT, GMAT) scores within the last five years. Some institutions may allow for substitution of DAT or LSAT.
- Work part-time or full-time at a hospital or health clinic, for an immunization program, a reproductive health clinic, or a health promotion program.
- Volunteer for a non-profit direct services organization, such as Whitman-Walker clinic or a local chapter of the American Red Cross.
- Work at a non-profit organization that is directly involved in public health advocacy and policy.
- Work or volunteer for a local health department.
- Take an internship at a U.S. federal agency via the Student Educational Employment Program.
- Explore options provided by public service organizations such as Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Idealist, and Teach for America.
|Academic Policy Advisor||Health Educator||Public Health Professor||Laboratory Director|
|Legislative Policy Advisor||Mental Health Researcher||Disease Ecologist||Public Health Lawyer|
|Management Policy Advisor||Communications Specialist||State Environmentalist||Public Health Dentist|
|State Epidemiologist||Journalist||Federal Environmentalist||Local Health Officer|
|Research Epidemiologist||Corporate Medical Director||Reproductive Health Specialist||Nurse Educator|
|Pharmacoepidemiologist||Public Health Veterinarian||International HIV Specialist||Nutritionist|
|Behavior Scientist||Director of Family Health||Tropical Disease Specialist|
CSB/SJU Alum Profiles:
- Mike Bancks
- Megan (Peterson) Christofield
- Kristina Demuth
- Autumn Durfey
- Adam Leonard
- Jessica Nelson
- Kimberly (Switlick) Prose
Faculty contacts to discuss public health careers: