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What Can I do With a Master's Degree in Public Health?

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List of Employers who Posted Jobs requiring an MPH in the PSU job database

Students who earn a master's degree in public health develop skills that are valued by employers. These skills include: research, analysis, writing, oral presentation, critical thinking, synthesis, and problem solving. Students may find employment in city, state, and federal government agencies; nonprofits; social service agencies; educational institutions; consulting firms; pharmaceutical and insurance companies; private hospitals; and laboratories depending on their skills and experience. Career-related internships may be a prerequisite to finding employment.

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from Advising & Career Services' jobs database where the employer specifically requested master's in public health. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for master's in public health. 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 a master's degree in public health.

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  • Community Health Education Coordinator
  • Community Health Educator
  • Infant Mortality Educator
  • Lung Association Program Coordinator
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Public Health Sanitarian

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Professional Associations

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Sites with Job Search Information for Master of Public Health Degrees

  • Public Health Employment Connection — From the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. Lists public health jobs by title, type, location, and classification.
  • APHA Career Mart Online — Career Mart Online is a "full service career website that links public health jobs with public health professionals." Free to APHA members.
  • Employment Opportunities on the Web — From APHA. Lists "online assist graduates of accredited schools of public health in securing employment in the Public Health professions."

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Division of Public Health — Portland State University

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