What Can I do With a Degree in Public Health Studies?

The information on this page is designed to help you explore possible careers. Use the links below to navigate to different areas of the page. We recommend working with a career counselor to help you identify careers based on your skills, interests, and values.:

Ideas for Careers and Places of Employment

Public Health Studies majors may find employment in city, county, state, and federal government; nonprofits; social services; businesses; and educational institutions depending on their skills and experience.

List of Employers and Job Titles Developed from Jobs Posted in Handshake for Public Health Studies Majors

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from the University Career Center's jobs database where the employer specifically requested health studies majors. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for health studies majors. This list does not reflect current openings.

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Careers Reported by Community and Public Health Majors on the American Community Survey

The following list of job titles was generated from American Community Survey data. Every year, the federal government surveys 3,000,000 people. This list shows some of the most-often reported careers for people who majored in Community and Public Health. Please be aware that additional education, internships, or career-related experience may be a prerequisite to some of the careers on this list. The University Career Center provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for exploration. To find a brief description of the following occupations, go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Registered Nurses
  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Social Workers
  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Elementary and Middle School Teachers
  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • Counselors
  • Education Administrators
  • Compliance Officers
  • Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians
  • Community and Social Service Specialists, Including Health Educators and Community Health Workers
  • General and Operations Managers
  • Lawyers, Judges, and Magistrates
  • Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing
  • Management Analysts
  • Medical Scientists and Life Scientists
  • Physical Scientists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Human Resources Workers
  • Physical Therapists
  • Environmental Scientists and Geoscientists
  • Secondary School Teachers
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Health Practitioner Support Technologists and Technicians
  • Pharmacists
  • Social and Human Service Assistants
  • Financial Managers
  • Chief Executives and Legislators
  • Dentists
  • Biological Scientists
  • Nurse Practitioners, and Nurse Midwives
  • Natural Sciences Managers
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Other Therapists, Including Exercise Physiologists

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List of Employers and Job Titles Generated from Keyword Searches

The following list was generated from using keywords such as community health, health promotion, fitness, health education, wellness, Portland, Oregon, etc. in jobs databases and job search engines. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for public health studies majors. This list does not reflect current openings.

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Government Classification Specifications

Classification Specifications are generic descriptions of jobs in government agencies. Generally, they provide an overview of the job and describe essential duties and responsibilities as well as requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) and educational requirements. Classification specifications can be useful in identifying organizations that hire people with an academic background in health.

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Vocational Biographies 

Vocational Biographies describes the career success stories of 1001 real people. Search by career title, keyword, topic, and career cluster. Username: portlandsu and password: 3W9N

  • Aerobics Coordinator
  • Lactation Consultant
  • Corporate Fitness and Safety Consultant
  • Community Health Education Coordinator
  • Community Health Educator
  • Infant Mortality Educator
  • Fitness Center Director
  • Lung Association Program Coordinator

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Professional Associations

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