Careers in Public Health

Demand for public health trained professionals continues to be strong according to the U.S. Bureau for Labor Statistics. Learn about career options specific to each of our academic departments:


Biostatisticians develop and apply statistical and mathematical methods to the design and analysis of biomedical research.

Common career paths:

  • Analyst
  • Biostatistician
  • Data Scientist
  • Research Statistician
  • Statistical Geneticist
  • Statistical Writer

Visit the department of Biostatistics.


Environmental health scientists apply science-based insights to professional and personal practice, to enhance quality of life through an understanding of human-environment interactions in the areas of environmental quality and health, industrial hygiene, occupational and environmental epidemiology or toxicology.

Common career paths:

  • Environmental Chemist
  • Environmental Manager
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Toxicologist
  • Air Quality Specialist
  • Consumer Safety Officer
  • Director of Certification and Compliance
  • Environmental Health Policy Analyst
  • Environmental Health Research Scientist
  • Ergonomics Specialist
  • Health and Safety Officer
  • Industrial Waste Director
  • Occupational Health Compliance Officer

Visit the department of Environmental Health Sciences.

Epidemiologists study the risk of disease associated with inherent, acquired, social, or environmental factors, and the development of methods to alleviate that risk.

Common career paths:

  • Infection Prevention Officer
  • Occupational Epidemiologist
  • Program Director
  • Public Health Epidemiologist
  • Risk Analyst
  • Senior Consultant
  • Medical School
  • Preventive Medicine Residency

Visit the department of Epidemiology.

HBHE graduates focus on preventing and managing diseases within populations by looking at social and behavioral factors associated with health status and behavior.

Common career paths:

  • Consultant Health Educator
  • Health and Wellness Manager
  • Outreach Coordinator
  • Program Coordinator/Manager Education
  • Public Health Analyst
  • Research Specialist

Visit the department of Health Behavior & Health Education.

HMP graduates are prepared to hold key leadership positions and successfully navigate the changing demands of the healthcare, public health, and health policy environments.

Common career paths:

  • Health Policy Analyst
  • Operations Administrator
  • Program Manager
  • Project Specialist
  • Senior Consultant
  • Vice President for Strategic Development

Visit the department of Health Management & Policy.

One of the fastest growing fields in the U.S., health informatics graduates develop innovative ways to harness the power of information to transform healthcare and improve human health.

Common career paths:

  • Change Manager
  • Consultant
  • Corporate Technology Officer
  • Health Application Designer/Developer
  • Medical Information Officer
  • Quality Improvement Specialist

Visit the Health Informatics program.

The field of nutrition is one of the most dynamic, diverse professions. As a nutrition expert, you will be challenged to translate the interdisciplinary knowledge into practice applications. Career opportunities are quite varied. For example, a solid background in the science of nutrition helps prepare you to:

  • develop and implement educational programs to improve the nutritional status of the community
  • work in policy planning in public health agencies and health associations
  • with advanced study in health and nutrition education, design and evaluate wellness education programming for groups, communities, or corporations.
  • with further study in chemistry, work in food science research for ingredient and product development.

Common career paths:

  • Clinical/Registered Dietician
  • Nutritionist
  • Wellness Program Coordinator
  • Health Promotion Manager
  • Health Scientist

Visit the department of Nutritional Sciences.

Whether you are new to public health or already working in the health sector and working to advance your career – this program equips students to tackle complex health issues such as chronic and infectious diseases, obesity and food insecurity, health care quality and costs, climate change and environmental determinants of health and socioeconomic inequalities and their impact on health.

Common career paths:

  • Researchers
  • Public Health Educators
  • Healthcare Program Administrators
  • Policy analysts
  • Research Consultants
  • Study Design and Analytics Specialists
  • Data Analysts
  • Health Outcomes Research Analysts