• Students pursuing a B.S. in Public Health Science can explore careers in diverse fields and environments. Here are a few resources to help you research career paths:

Public Health Science Professional Development

Each semester, the Public Health Science Advising team offers a series of events to help you plan for life after college. The spring 2021 schedule will be available soon, with panel discussions and interactive virtual presentations related to: 

  • applying for graduate school and medical school
  • life in a graduate program in public health

As details become available, we will send them to the PHSC-UG email listserv and post on our social media channels. (If you aren't following us yet, see "Stay in the Loop" on the PHSC Advising page for instructions.)

We encourage you to take advantage of public health career planning events and resources across campus. See our Professional Development Events page for a curated calendar. 

University Career Center at SPH

For Spring 2021, the UCC @ SPH is planning some great events! Save the dates:

  • February 22, 2021: Careers in Health Without an MD
  • March 29, 2021: Careers in Global Health
  • April 8, 2021: SPH Student and Alumni Night of Networking

In collaboration with the University Career Center, the School of Public Health is able to offer career advising. During these appointments you can learn how to:

  • Identify and explore educational/career interests
  • Search for internships/jobs
  • Make career decisions
  • Prepare for interviews
  • Write effective resumes and cover letters
  • Network and conduct informational interview

For more information check out the University Career Center @SPH.

Pre-Health Career Advising

Many PHSC majors are planning future careers in healthcare. We are happy to work with you to incorporate pre-health courses into your academic plan. (There is no formal pre-health track at UMD.)

If you are a pre-health student, especially pre-MD or pre-DDS, you must visit the Reed-Yorke Health Professions Advising Office. They are the experts in making sure you are prepared to enter health professions schools, including providing a required committee letter for your application. We recommend you visit them early and often.

PHSC Career Possibilities

Educational Institutions

Public health professionals who work in a variety of academic environments, including elementary schools, high schools, and in higher education. They are responsible for ensuring that students understand health risks and concerns that are relevant to their age group and location.

  • Program Specialist (for special projects or programs)
  • Academic Policy Advisor

Healthcare (hospital, home health agency or long term care facilities)

Public health professionals guide patients' healthcare related needs, bridging gaps and enabling connections with the right resources for medicine, therapeutic care, nursing and other needs.

  • Patient Educator
  • HIV/AIDS Educator
  • Health Advocate
  • Teen Parent Educator
  • Lactation Consultant
  • Outreach Specialist

Managed Care Organizations

Public health professionals in this area help identify trends in healthcare. Focused on disease prevention to improve patient health and wellness.

  • Cultural Competency Trainer
  • Health Education Specialist
  • Family Planning Educator
  • Outreach Specialist

Corporations

Public health professionals who develop wellness programs for a healthier workforce.  Involvement in healthcare policy development and pharmaceutical-related research and development are other potential areas of employment or contracting.

  • Public Health Journalist
  • Health & Wellness Manager
  • Vaccine Research Associate

Non-Profits

Public health professionals focused on advocacy and unification of global goals and initiatives related to specific disease, population or health issue.

  • Health Program Coordinator
  • Grant Writer
  • Community Fundraiser
  • Addiction Treatment Program Coordinator

Government (federal, state, local)

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Public Health Journalist
  • Technical Medical Writer

EPIDEMIOLOGY AND RESEARCH

  • Vaccine Research Associate

SOCIAL & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE

  • Addiction Treatment Program Coordinator

COMMUNITY HEALTH

  • Program Coordinator/Manager
  • Outreach Specialist

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

  • Bioterrorism Researcher
  • Emergency Response Specialist

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

  • Environmental Health Technician
  • Public Health Engineer

MENTAL HEALTH

  • Health & Wellness Manager
  • Health Program Coordinator
  • Behavioral Research Scientist