Public Health
Bachelor of Science in Public Health

Public Health

Career exploration guide

This guide provides tools to help you explore careers related to this specialization. Use this information to start researching this field and the opportunities in it. This research can help you make a transition into positions related to this field. Start by gaining an overview of this program and learning about the field, jobs, and employment settings that are related.

About this Specialization

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree program provides learners with foundational knowledge in the core areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, social determinants, and public health policy and management. The degree program curriculum emphasizes the theories of social and behavioral change that guide public health professionals in understanding health behaviors in the contexts in which they occur; structural and social barriers to better health; statistical data evaluation and interpretation; and evidence-based practices for the ways in which public health professionals can use a collaborative community approach to promote disease prevention through the planning and evaluation of public health programs and policies. Upon successful completion of this degree program learners are prepared to supplement their current position with public health knowledge or pursue entry-level positions within the field of public health.

Skills gained through this program:

This program was designed to help you gain the following skills related to this field:

  • Apply knowledge of history, theory, and practice to advance prevention and wellness.
  • Identify, interpret, evaluate, and synthesize public health information, data, and evidence.
  • Apply independent, teamwork and leadership skills to address public health concerns.
  • Apply ethical considerations working with diverse populations
  • Communicate public health information in both oral and written forms, through a variety of media and to diverse audiences.

Explore this Field

Professional associations, social networks, and other industry-specific resources can provide a wealth of information about a specific field or industry, including best practices, career overviews, trends, and access to industry professionals. By reviewing website information, attending events, and connecting with people in the field, you can deepen your knowledge about the field. 

Professional Associations

Industry Information

Explore Jobs and Employers

In addition to exploring the field, take some time to research specific jobs and employment settings related to this program. Consider how these jobs and settings fit with your experience, skills, interests, and values. This is a sample list of job titles and employment settings related to this field. To learn more, review job postings and talk with people who have these roles or work in these settings. You can find these professionals through LinkedIn, family, friends, schools, employers, and community groups. Spend time researching your industry and prospective employers to decide whether this type of degree will help advance your career.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Health manager
  • Business analyst
  • Project manager
  • Social and community services manager
  • Safety specialist
  • Policy analyst

Employment settings to explore

  • Health care organization (e.g. hospital or clinic)
  • Community health center
  • Public health agency
  • Health insurance company
  • Nonprofit organization

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

Job Boards

This is a sample of jobs boards with positions related to this field. Use them in your research to identify additional job titles, common hiring requirements, and local employers. 

Further Exploration

There are a lot of factors that influence whether a career is a fit or not. These can include monetary compensation, benefits, work environment, organization culture, work/life balance, etc. As you consider your career, think about what is important to you in your employer, role, and setting. These resources can help you perform this additional exploration.

For a more detailed guide on career exploration, review Capella’s Career Exploration YouTube series that helps you identify what is important to you in your career and how that aligns with the world of work. 

Accreditation

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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