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Posted September 26, 2012 by

Public Health Graduate Programs: More than Just Nursing

Wheelchairs circling the words "health care"When you think of public health, what immediately comes to mind? Groups of traveling nurses vaccinating small children against devastating diseases, or scientists in laboratories looking at virus outbreaks, trying to figure out ways to quell the spread of disease and the best treatments? Or maybe it’s the campaigns you see in the media, designed to get people to stop smoking, start exercising or engage in a certain behavior, such as breastfeeding or hand-washing?

If you came up with any of these, you’re certainly correct, but public health is so much more than direct patient care and research. And if you’re considering an online master’s in public health, you might be surprised to discover that you have dozens of career options after graduation – and some might surprise you. (more…)

Posted June 19, 2012 by

Determining if a Masters in Public Health Education is For You

An Apple a Day...One of the fastest growing fields in the U.S, public health is a booming industry, with job opportunities expected to grow significantly in the coming years. As the population ages, disease spread more rapidly, companies look to cut healthcare costs and new threats of terrorism appear every day, there’s a growing need for professionals who can educate the public on health threats and possible solutions.

The question is, is public health the right field for you? And if it is, is it worth the time and expense to earn a masters in public health, known as the MPH?

Employment Opportunities

There’s no escaping it: most of the higher level public health positions within governmental and public sector organizations require applicants to hold at least a master’s degree. It is possible to land a good job with just a bachelor’s degree and significant experience within the public health sector, but holding an advanced degree is definitely preferable to many employers. So in terms of employment, if you are sure that you want to pursue a career in public health, then earning a MPH degree is a necessity. (more…)