Exploring Careers in Public Health

Implement the search strategies listed below to create an action plan to get started on your internship or job search.

Exploring Public Health Majors and Careers
Explore the diverse types of careers a degree in Public Health can afford you.

  • Take a look at the wide variety of career paths for Kinesiology students. Many of these require further education!

  • PublicHealthCareers.org pulls data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to highlight jobs in the field. Scroll down to find industries and careers that might interest you.

  • These are the type of jobs UMD undergraduate alumni have pursued 

  • Public Health Science

  • Kinesiology

  • Family Science

  • Community Health

  • There is so much you can do with an MPH or a Dr.PH! Look at student profiles from across the world. 

Fall 2014 – Spring 2015 Graduation Data
  • Public Health Science 90% of School of Public students gained experience interning and 32% found jobs through previous positions and internships.

  • Kinesiology 45% of students move onto full-time employment after graduation while 30% continue their education at school of physical therapy, medical school, nursing school, and more.

  • Family Science – 87% of students reported having plans after graduation, 100% gained experience outside of the classroom and 26% found jobs through their network of family & friends

  • Community Health 100% of students gained experience through internships, 82% through student groups and 37% through research projects.

Vault Guide * Log in to Careers4Terps for full access to insider profiles of a wide variety of industries. Here are some highlights: 
  • Health Care Management

  • Alternative Health Care (Kinesiology)

  • Health Care Consulting

  • Allied Health Care

UCC Industry Guides – from your University Career Center Employer Relations & Professional Preparation team, these guides provide brief but thorough highlight into a range of industries. Here are the Health & Healthcare guides:
Explore more industries here. 
Where are UMD SPH Grads? * Click on see more to search by major!
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SPH Student & Alumni Mentor Program: 2017-2018

The SPH Alumni Association welcomes you to apply for the brand new Student and Alumni Mentor Program, meant to enrich the professional lives of student mentees and alumni mentors! 
Mentees will: 
  • develop a meaningful relationship with a professional 
  • explore a career and gain uncommon insights
  • set career trajectory goals
  • become more adept in professional networking
Mentors will:
  • gain first-hand knowledge from students on the SPH
  • give back to their University community
  • assist mentee in career exploration
  • help students find connections in their industry of interest
Program requirements include:
  • attendance at the Kickoff—Thursday, October 12th at the School of Public Health
  • monthly interaction with mentee/mentor from October 2017-May 2018 (8 times)
Consider virtual meetings via Skype or Google Hangouts; phone meetings; or by email to share relevant articles, videos, and online tools for Mentee. 
Get to know your Mentee in-person over coffee or a meal; shadowing at your office site; networking; participating in a service activity, social event, or sporting event; or attending an event meetup, such as a lecture or professional association workshop.
Apply if you wish to be more involved at the School of Public Health and want to dig deeper into the world of public health professionally!
To apply for the Mentoring Program, 

Global Health Internship Opportunities 

Global health professionals are in high demand within public health. Students that are interested in gaining internship experience in global health are encouraged to utilize the following resources in order to begin their job or internship search.

This list is only a handful of the many possible avenues students can explore. You may also want to speak with your faculty, advisors, staff members, and other professional mentors to find out about additional opportunities and resources. “Goin' Global” is a helpful online tool that can be utilized to find internships, as well as full-time and part-time opportunities outside of the US. All UMD students can assess this online tool through their Careers4Terps account.