Career Possibilities

As recent legislation shifts healthcare toward a larger focus on prevention, job opportunities in public health are expected rise. The Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) estimates that 250,000 more public health workers will be needed by 2020.
Global Public Health Students

Global Public Health undergraduate students participating in field research in Costa Rica. 


The field of Global Public Health is focused on the promotion and protection of health locally, nationally, and around the world. This emphasis on health promotion, healthy behaviors, and prevention will increase opportunities for individuals with public health expertise in traditional public health venues such as government agencies and non-profit organizations as well as with other health-related institutions.

The following essential public health services have been recognized by federal agencies and public health organizations. Each of these services involves multiple employment opportunities.

10 Essential Public Health Services:

  1.  Monitor health status to identify community health problems
  2.  Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community
  3.  Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues
  4.  Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems
  5.  Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts
  6.  Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety
  7.  Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable
  8.  Assure a competent public health and personal healthcare workforce
  9.  Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and populations-based health services
  10.  Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems

Up-to-date career information about Public Health can be found at the American Public Health Association careers website: