With the growing need of public health professionals and the United States’ increased concentration on public health education, it’s no wonder that the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has stated that employment of healthcare occupations in the U.S. is projected to grow by 18 percent from 2016 to 2026. So now is a great time to get your master’s degree in a public health-related field!
There are many opportunities available for those interested in receiving their graduate degree since public health is such a broad field of study. You can direct your focus in almost any area that you are passionate about!
Below discusses different opportunities and graduate programs available that relate to the public health field.
Types of Public Health Graduate Programs
Since public health has a wide range of specialties and areas of study, there are plenty of programs and/or concentrations to choose from. The most common graduate degree in the field is a Masters in Public Health (MPH). This degree prepares high-level professionals for the emerging need of achieving a healthier public and is an option for those interested in health and health care on a broader scale than provider-to-patient care. You can learn more about this type of degree by visiting our “Explore Masters in Public Health Programs” page.
Other areas of study or graduate degree programs that impact public health include:
- Clinical Research
- Communication Disorders
- Environmental Health
- Health Administration and Health Services Administration
- Health Informatics and Health Information Management
- Health Sciences
- Infectious Disease
- Nutrition and Dietetics
- Occupational Health and Safety
- Public Administration
- Public Policy
- Physician Assistant
- Social Work
The above list is not a complete set of public health areas of study and many health-related programs can circle back to the public health field. Another thing to note is that some universities may have different names and degrees for their graduate-level programs or they may have an overarching program with concentrations. For example, occupational health may be called industrial hygiene, and epidemiology can be a Masters of Science degree or an MPH concentration - it all depends on the school and your decided focus area/passion.
At PublicHealthDegrees.org, we have gathered and compiled a database of public health graduate programs in the US to help with your search for a masters-level public health degree.
Featured Universities Offering MPH Degrees
The reputable Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health has multiple concentrations at all levels, and especially at the Masters level. It also offers a multitude of degrees online and is even ranked a top 20 health school by US News & World Report. The Mailman School of Public Health is one of the oldest, built in 1922, and alum have worked in government, hospitals, education, and for private corporations. They even offer an accelerated MPH program for those looking to quickly obtain their MPH.
Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice has interesting MPH offers, including a number of dual degrees in areas such as MPH: Public Health and Nutrition and Dietetics and an MPH in Public Health and Social Work. SLU is accredited by the CEPH and is a member of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. Their Public Health and Social Work programs also hold high honors from US News & World Report, with top-25 rankings for each.