Public Health Program

Public health programs train professionals to deal with the variety of health problems and crises that face the public at a city, state, country, or world level. Public health incorporates issues such as pandemics, epidemics, vaccinations for diseases, biomedical research, and much more. Public health can also be a sub-discipline of Public Safety.

Public Health Program Success Factors

An individual must have strong interpersonal communication skills in order to be successful in this field. They must be able to and prepared to work with a wide variety of people all of whom may come from different racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds and demographics since many health problems cover a broad geographic area, as opposed to being very localized in a small area.

Public Health Program Majors

One can theoretically major in any area before applying to a program of public health, as long as they take the appropriate prerequisite courses and take the GRE, and any other necessary admission tests, before applying to this program. Despite this option, it may be easier for a student to program a science-related major so that they are aware of and well-versed in the general sciences, including biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and mathematics. This will make the transition to public health program easier.

Public Health Program Curriculum

In a public health program, students will be exposed to a wide range of topics. These topics can include anything from world health organizations, world health problems, local community health factors, health education, health institution organization, and health education, among other topics.

Public Health Program Degrees

Depending on the career and salary range desired, an individual can elect to earn a master's degree or a Ph. D degree in public health. Generally, the higher the level of education a person has earned, the more careers that are available for that individual to pursue. Depending on the level of education, this can take anywhere from two to four years for a person to complete their education and earn a degree.

Public Health Jobs

A wide variety of jobs are available to those who have earned either a Bachelor's degree or a Master's degree in public health. Individuals can work in a hospital setting as an administrator, they can work as research scientists, or they might choose to work for international organizations that provide aid to areas in need during times of health crises, such as epidemics or pandemics.