Careers Outcomes for Online Degree Students

Whether you are new to public health or already working in the health sector and would like to advance your career in public health—the online programs deliver high-quality education that will prepare you for a variety of careers in public health. The Population and Health Sciences curriculum builds skills like leadership, communication, community partnering, and in-depth research that will set you apart in the job market.

What can the online Population and Health Sciences degree do for your career?

  • Allows you to continue working while pursuing a graduate degree
  • Gives you the freedom to study wherever you are—100% online
  • Gives you the opportunity to apply your learning to your job as you go
  • Provides a holistic understanding of public health that can be applied to almost any field
  • Helps you build a network of peer professionals from across the country in fields you may be interested in
  • Offers access to the University of Michigan’s worldwide alumni community for mentorship, networking, and exclusive hiring opportunities
  • Allows you to tailor your study to your interests with elective series designed to give you expertise in the specific areas you’re looking to advance
  • Helps you develop a portfolio of actual public health work products created for real organizations or develop unique research based on real public data to submit for publication

What Jobs Can I Get with an MPH in Population and Health Sciences?

Top positions hiring for the skills in the MPH right now

  • Health Director
  • Clinical Manager
  • Program manager
  • Medical Director
  • Registered Nurse Supervisor
  • Wellness Manager
  • Epidemiologist
  • Health Data Analyst
  • Health Administrator
  • Public Health educator
  • Policy Analyst

What Jobs Could I Get with an MS?

Top positions hiring for skills in the MS right now

  • Research Project Manager
  • Chief of Research Physician
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Research Consultant
  • Research and Development Manager
  • Study Design and Analytics Specialist
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher
  • Health Outcomes Research Analyst
  • Data Science Researcher
  • Principle Health Clinician
  • Quantitative Economist, Healthcare
  • Field Data Collection Coordinator
  • Medical Device Researcher

What In-Demand Skills Can Be Gained the Population and Health Sciences MPH and MS Programs? 

  • Data analysis and reporting
  • Research methodology
  • Economics and policy knowledge
  • Quality and safety in healthcare settings
  • Infectious diseases
  • Project management
  • Epidemiological methods
  • Community health
  • Project management/project design
  • Health communication
  • Clinical knowledge
  • R coding
  • Scientific writing

Students in the Population and Health Sciences program gain skills valued by employers. The metrics included here were obtained from Burning Glass Labor Insights. Projections are based on the skills that come from actual learning outcomes within the online master’s degree curriculum. Burning Glass aggregates labor data using information from current, real job postings to offer insights into industry health, employer demand, emerging skills and salary outlook. *Based on nationwide job postings data.

To explore career outcomes for residential master's students at the School of Public Health, visit our Career Outcomes page.

Additional Career Resources for Current Students and Alumni

Current students are invited to join and engage with Michigan Public Health Connect once they are enrolled. Michigan Public Health Connect is a mentoring and networking platform that supports connections across the Michigan Public Health community. The platform provides a meeting place for members of our community to have conversations, ask questions and seek guidance, coach and inspire, and explore paths to professional aspirations. 

Additionally, our current students and alumni meet to network and engage professionally in our Official University School of Public Health LinkedIn group. The group offers access to a wealth of professional knowledge and leadership, 5,000 members strong, from across the globe.