While a few Health Studies students may go on to clinical careers, most will opt to attend Master of Public Health programs, or go directly into the workforce upon completion of their undergraduate degree.
Health Studies differs from “clinical” health professions such as physicians, physician assistants, nursing, physical/occupational therapy by focusing on prevention of disease.
|PUBLIC HEALTH (HEALTH STUDIES)||CLINICAL HEALTH|
|Related Degrees/Professions: Bachelors in Health Studies, Master of Public Health, Health Promotion Specialist, Epidemiologist, Health Services Administration, Health Policy Analyst||Related Degrees/Professions: Physician (MD), Physician Assistant (PA), Occupational/Physical Therapist (OT/PT), Registered Dietician (RD), Registered Nurse (RN)|
|Benefits: Population/Communities||Benefits: Individuals|
|Focuses on: Health||Focuses on: Disease|
|Goals: Prevention and Health Promotion||Goals: Diagnosis and Treatment|
Potential employers are as diverse and numerous as those choosing to work in this field. They include companies and agencies in the United States and around the world such as:
- not-for-profit agencies
- federal and state agencies
- city governments
- pharmaceutical/biomedical companies
- Health and health care is the largest industry in Rhode Island
- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that health care will generate 3.2 million new jobs between 2008 and 2018, more than any other industry
- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that certain professions, such
as health educator, epidemiologist, and health administrator, will grow even faster
- USDHHS Public Health Study (2005) found that there will be a shortage of
250,000 (non-clinical) public health professionals in 2020.
Below are some websites that cater to job listings and opportunities for graduate school. A good approach is to browse these websites for job postings that interest you and use this information to structure your program of study and practicum and internship experiences.
- American Public Health Association
- Rhode Island Public Health Association
- Society for Public Health Education
Websites for Job Postings:
- Emory/Rollins School of Public Health Job Postings
- National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) Job Postings
- Chronicle of Higher Ed – Vitae
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Jobs
- National Institutes of Health Jobs