Today, public health is the umbrella over many issues, including some that seem unrelated to health care but that ultimately influence it. Public health ranges from the study of smog in the air we breath to gang intervention programs on our neighborhood streets. Growing threats from our environment, the resurgence of infectious diseases, increasing violence, an aging population and the escalating costs of health care are all immediate concerns of public health professionals.
Public health professionals monitor and evaluate the health needs of entire communities, promote healthy practices and behaviors, and work to identify and eliminate environmental hazards to assure our population stays healthy. They are employed by government, hospitals, health systems, universities, and many private companies. Without public health, our society could not advance. With it, we are making a difference.
- Hospitals & Clinics
- Managed Care Organizations & Insurance Companies
- Pharmaceutical & Medical Supply Companies
- Professional & Advocacy Organizations
- Local, State & Federal Government Agencies
- Business & Industry
- Schools, Colleges & Universities
- Community-based Service Organizations
- Voluntary Health Agencies
What can I expect to do with a career in the various specialties of public health?