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Public Health Careers: Opportunities & Overview

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What kinds of public health careers are available in today’s job market?

The public health field has a wide range of career opportunities for students who want to make a difference in the lives of others. Professionals in various public health careers are responsible for improving the health and well-being of communities and individuals. Students who are passionate about these issues can pursue a variety of different career paths that are both professionally and financially rewarding.

Learn more about the following public health career fields by clicking on the links below:

Globally there is a shortage of nearly 4.3 million health workers, and this is expected to increase by an additional 20 percent in the next two decades.¹ Because of this, there will be an increase in demand for graduates to fill these public health jobs.

According to the Associate of Schools of Public Health:

More than 250,000 additional public health workers will be needed by 2020 to avert a public health crisis … Over the next 12 years, schools of public health would have to train three times the current number of graduates to meet projected needs.²

This trend is also true for Ohio. The United Health Foundation projects that by the year 2020 the public health workforce shortages for the state of Ohio will be in excess of 10,000 workers.

Public Health Careers: Salary Expectations

According to recent salary surveys, yearly compensation ranges from $31,500 to $161,400 for the following types of public health careers:

  • Health services administrator
  • Environmental health specialist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Biostatistician
  • Internal health specialist
  • Health educator
  • Occupational health & safety specialist
  • Laboratory technologist
  • Food safety specialist

The faculty and staff at Kent State's College of Public Health are committed to preparing students to meet the requirements for these and other public health careers.  Our curriculum combines academic and theoretical training with practical, hands-on experiences in real worksite settings.

How do I determine which public health program is best for me? 

To schedule an advising appointment via our online system, please visit: Schedule an Appointment.

To set up an appointment with our Academic Advising staff, call 330-672-6500 or e-mail us at

1 World Health Organization. The World Health Report 2006: working together for health. World Health Organization; Geneva: 2006 (accessed November 17, 2009).

2 Association of Schools of Public Health. Confronting the Public Health Workforce Crisis (accessed November 17, 2009).