Careers in Public Health
Distinctions Between Public Health and Clinical Health Professions
|Prevention and Health Promotion
||Diagnosis and Treatment
Public health careers offer something for everyone. Epidemiology and
biostatistics involve mathematics and modeling. Environmental health includes a
wide range of science skills. Health administration incorporates business and
management skills. Health education involves skills required to develop
community-wide prevention programs. Health policy includes an understanding of
Perhaps never has there been a more exciting time to pursue a career in public
health. Why? Because....
Most experts agree that major advances in improvement of health over the next
decades will not come from new medical findings or cures, but rather the
broader development and application of population-based prevention programs.
Health services delivery systems are undergoing rapid change. Greater emphasis
is being placed on health promotion and disease prevention as a means to reduce
the costs of care by improving the health of our populations. These changes
have created a broad array of new opportunities for professionals with advanced
training in public health.
As the public has become better informed about the effects of toxic wastes and
pollutants on their health, greater emphasis is being placed on assuring the
safety of our communities as well as worker health and safety. As a result,
there is growing demand for experts in environmental health and industrial
Public health research is focusing more on women's health, and child and
substance abuse, and an increased emphasis is being placed on behavioral change
to prevent the risk of STDs, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and unplanned pregnancies.
Greater emphasis is also being placed on school health and the health of
minority and disadvantaged populations.