MPH Level Career Information

The MPH in Behavioral and Community Health program is designed to promote the development of behavioral and community health professionals who understand the science, theory, and practice of public health and can apply this knowledge toward the enhancement of health status in communities. Graduates will participate in both academic and applied training in program planning and implementation, program evaluation, public policy analysis, research and management.

Behavioral and Community Health MPH graduates are being sought in the field of public health, especially in the area of behavioral science. Career opportunities abound in both the private and public sectors - in public health agencies, volunteer programs, in business and in industry. MPH graduates are highly competitive in the fast-growing marketplace of behavioral and community health.

With a Master's degree, you could:

  • Create a program that informs the public about the dangers of driving while intoxicated
  • Develop an outreach program in an urban community that reduces the incidence of diabetes
  • Collaborate with a rural community to locate funding for a walking trail that will improve physical activity levels
  • Generate a new menu and eating incentives that improve the nutrition habits of workers
  • Train inmates in the prison system as peer educators, so that they can educate peers about prevention and treatment of STDs
  • Implement programs in a developing country that improve the safety of female refugees and their children
  • Organize a media campaign to help inform the public about an important health issue
  • Build a collaboration of lobbyists that secures funding for a new family violence prevention program
  • Coordinate with local substance abuse treatment providers to ensure the adoption of empirically supported treatment and prevention methods
  • Evaluate existing public health programs, to recommend improvements and verify effectiveness.

This information is adapted from http://cph.uiowa.edu

For more information see Public Health Online.  

 

Master's Level Sample Positions

Estimated starting salary range $40,000–$50,000 (the starting range can vary depending on the where the graduate finds a job.  Graduates in the MD/DC/VA area can expect a higher starting salary)

Example career postings:

  • Public Health Educator II in a state health department
  • Research Program Manager at a state partnership against tobacco
  • Coordinator of Health Promotion Programs at a private college
  • Health Education Materials Developer at an education and research company
  • Health Program Coordinator at a kidney disease foundation
  • Research Assistant at a research university
  • Prevention Specialist at a national public health agency
  • Health Educator at an HMO
  • Program Coordinator II for a state-wide prevention program
  • Program Manager at a nonprofit community-based women's health care organization