The field of health policy and management combines policy, business, and science to determine the effective delivery of public health services. Health policy and management broadly relates to the management, leadership, and administration of health care systems, systems of public health, hospitals, and hospital networks.

Public health professionals analyze and develop programs that protect the health of individuals, families and communities in the United States and abroad. Using education, development of healthy lifestyles, research and program implementation, public health professionals are agents for disease prevention and health promotion.

The United States is placing a high priority on building up the nation's public health workforce. A career in public health opens the door to diverse opportunities in a variety of sectors such as federal, private and non-governmental organizations.

If you go into this profession, you might work in administration, resource development, or in the public or private sectors. Areas include:

  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Organization
  • Planning
  • Policy formation and analysis