Government & Public Policy
Public Health

If you're searching for a career in the health sector but aren't interested in the clinical or healthcare field, and want a broad based education that could lead to opportunities in fields as varied as nutrition to education to policymaking, a degree in Public Health could be a great fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Public Health students typically pursue a bachelor's degree (4 years) or master's degree (6-7 years) prior to entering the workforce. In this field, a bachelor's degree is typically required for entry-level positions while a master's degree can lead to academia, research, management, administrative, and consultancy positions.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in math, science, and social science coursework helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Public Health Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Public Health include:

  • Epidemiologist
  • Health Educator/Community Health Worker
  • Medical and Health Services Manager
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Epidemiologists was $70,990 in 2019 (1) while Health Educators and Community Health Workers earned a median salary of $46,910 in 2019. (2)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

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