Why Public Health?
Public health initiatives protect and improve the health of individuals, families, communities and populations. Many focus on prevention of illness, working to change unhealthy environmental conditions or change unhealthy behavior. Some are designed to track illness, investigate why some of us may be more susceptible than others, and decide which interventions are most likely to be successful. All public health programs—from immunizations, to infectious disease monitoring, cancer and asthma prevention, drinking water quality and injury prevention—require skilled professionals to develop, implement and monitor them. Public health professionals work in the public, non-profit and private sectors and span many disciplines. Their work includes designing educational programs and interventions, developing policies, administering services, conducting research, and regulating health systems.
The need for public health professionals is growing rapidly, with an expected demand for more than 250,000 public health workers by 2020. Growing public awareness of chronic disease prevention, efforts to reform healthcare delivery and contain costs, the aging of the U.S. population, and the increasing complexity of global health problems such as the Zika virus require ever more trained public health professionals. In fact, all the initiatives in Healthy People 2020—the U.S. federal government’s 10-year health promotion and disease prevention initiative to improve health across leading indicators—utilize public health professionals.
The MPH at New York Medical College
The NYMC M.P.H. offers concentrations in four areas:
Health Behavior and Community Health teaches techniques for behavior change—health promotion, health education, community needs assessments, and the development and evaluation of intervention programs, with sensitivity to cultural factors.
Careers: Behavioral Sciences and Health Promotion graduates can be employed as a health educators, program coordinators, research associates, and program evaluators/researchers in a variety of settings, including public health agencies, private non-profit and advocacy organizations, medical advertising and promotion agencies, and the pharmaceutical industry.
Epidemiology provides students with the knowledge and quantitative skills necessary to participate in the areas of medical, clinical, and public health research, working to identify trends, patterns, and causes related to disease in populations.
Careers: Epidemiology graduates qualify for careers in the areas of medical, clinical, and public health research with health care providers, local and state health departments, federal and global agencies, and the pharmaceutical industry
Environmental Health Science, provides analytical and problem-solving skills necessary to communicate with technical experts and their non-technical constituents.
Careers: Environmental health graduates typically hold positions in industry, in compliance programs or as health safety officers; in consulting firms performing environmental monitoring or audits; in not-for-profit organizations as researchers and/or advocates; or in government in the areas of inspections and permits, water quality, food, sanitation, or air quality.
Health Policy and Management provides students with an understanding of the business, program, planning, delivery and policy areas of healthcare.
Careers: Health policy and management graduates assume roles as executives, researchers, planners, consultants, policy analysts, and legislative specialists. The program prepares students for careers in health care systems, managed care organizations, public health departments, consulting firms, pharmaceutical companies and federal, state, and local government agencies.
Public Health Careers
Click here for more information about public health from our professional association, the American Public Health Association.