See how our degrees correlate to career fields

The School of Public Health has four Career Communities—groups of students with career interests in specific fields. See more about each of our Career Communities and how master’s degrees we offer fit within them.

Do you want to provide education, policy development, or administration of programs that promote healthy communities? Perhaps you are interested in health and safety in the workplace, or maybe you want to focus on working with youth and families.

The Community Health and Human Services group will help you learn more about potential career paths in these fields. Career preparation in this community can lead to employment opportunities with government agencies, non-profit organizations, or for-profit corporations,

Key skills: background in social sciences, needs assessment, evaluation, programming, administration, policy or protocol development, problem solving, attention to detail, interpersonal communication, grant writing, and experience in community or workplace settings with diverse populations.

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Are you looking to specialize in epidemiology and biostatistics to help quantify the answers to critical public health questions? Perhaps you want to conduct research reduce disease, develop treatment options, or understand health behaviors. Or maybe you want to research how the environment impacts human health.

The Health and Life Sciences Career Community will help you learn more about career options in settings such as public health laboratories, universities, research centers, and pharmaceutical and life sciences companies. Many of these career paths require advanced degrees.

Key skills: strong background in the sciences, mathematics or statistics, research design and methodology, data analysis, critical thinking, technical ability, written and oral communication.

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Do you have an interest in clinical fields such as medicine, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, recreational therapy, or athletic training that help individuals rehabilitate from disease or injury? Are you interested in helping clients with exercise programs, nutritional guidance, or behavior change to enhance wellness and prevention?

If so, the Healthcare & Wellness Career Community will provide you with opportunities to learn about career options. Career paths are available in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, school systems, public and private fitness centers, and wellness divisions within corporations.

Most career paths associated with this career community require specific certifications, credentials, or graduate school programs to practice in these occupations.

Key skills: strong background in biological and social sciences, communication, interpersonal skills, clinical experience, technical ability, critical thinking, research experience, intercultural fluency.

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Are you interested in a career related to sports, event planning, tourism, or recreation activities? Do you want to focus on business aspects, design, and management of programs that improve quality of life through enjoyment of sport and recreation activities? You can enhance health, happiness, and well-being through organizations and programs where people live, work, and play.

Career paths in this career community are diverse. Upon graduation, you may seek employment with collegiate and professional sports organizations, the business world, the hospitality and tourism industry, parks and recreation settings, or community organizations.

Key skills: business, marketing, management, sales, budgeting, public speaking, planning and implementation, evaluation, operations, customer service, teamwork, adaptability.

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