Careers in the public health sphere

Public Health is an area with a wide array of career opportunities. Some students choose to go towards ensuring clean water and air, while other students focus on fighting obesity and depression. In order to figure out which area of public health you are interested in, you may need to do some research. This research could include the School of Public Health’s recent graduate page, with information on what Huskies are doing in communities around the world. Or you could check out the UW School of Public Health alumni on their LinkedIn page.

Additional research could be done by reading possible job descriptions, and seeing if a description matches your own interests and talents. The UW-SPH maintains an active job board list, and you can also check out HuskyJobs, which is a database ran out of the Career & Internship Center.  There’s also an online Guide to Public Health Careers that offers up expert interviews, information, and resources to better understand the sphere of public health careers.

Public Health can encompass areas such as epidemiology, health administration, human services, health sciences, and nutrition.  Overall, a career in public health offers an opportunity to impact lives on a local, national, or global scale.

By Alison McCarty
Alison McCarty Assistant Director & Career Coach Alison McCarty