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About Public Health

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Public health is about preventing disease, promoting health and protecting the health of individuals, communities and populations. It’s about encouraging healthy behavior, such as smoking cessation. It’s about creating policies and laws, like the need for all automobiles to have seat belts. It’s setting health and safety standards to protect workers. It’s tracking disease outbreaks, so that action can be taken to end them. It’s delivering science-based solutions to society’s health and safety problems.

Those with public health degrees work as health educators, administrators, sanitarians, food safety inspectors, data analysts, epidemiologists, medical records coordinators, STD/HIV case workers and outreach specialists. They work in government, non-profit organizations, education, and private corporations. The career outlook is excellent: the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that healthcare-related jobs will increase by 17 percent by 2024 – a much faster rate than average for all occupations. Health administration and environmental health are among the areas expected to see above average growth.