Careers: Bachelor of Science in Public Health

Careers: Bachelor of Science in Public Health
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What can you do with a degree in Public Health?

The University of Cincinnati’s 100% online Bachelor of Science in Public Health, will set you up with the skills and expertise needed for the Public Health role that is best for you.  This growing and evolving field features a variety of professional opportunities impacting communities in a positive way.  Professionals in this field are responsible for creating health plans that fit the needs of diverse populations while providing individuals with the knowledge, tools, and motivation to make positive health decisions.

Public Health professionals play an intricate role in ensuring that future generations can not only exercise their right to be healthy, but choose healthy behaviors first. By focusing on populations instead of individuals, public health professionals are able to make lasting impacts that can last generations.

Some ways they do this include:

  • Improving access to healthcare & health services
  • Reducing health hazards impacting the environment
  • Controlling contagions & infectious diseases
  • Developing health policies & implementing them

Public Health Career Outlook

Upon completing the 100% online bachelor’s degree in Public Health, graduates typically pursue careers in such areas as:

  • Health educator
  • Health communication specialist
  • Environmental health specialist
  • Infectious disease specialist
  • Data analyst
  • Disaster preparedness coordinator

There are a variety of career options available to those with public health degrees and many paths that can be taken to get there. Explore the different paths to a successful public health career with UC Online.

A Degree in A Growing Field

As a professional degree, skills gained through the UC Online BS in Public Health Program are directly applicable to public health practice and careers worldwide. Choose between among concentration areas that can help you develop in-demand skills in real-world settings.

  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental Public Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Global Health
  • Health Education & Health Promotion
  • Health Services Management
  • Occupational Public Health

Employment Opportunities for Graduates

The BS in Public Health degree allows students to transition into a community health role or healthcare administration role. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects employment of community health workers to grow 7 percent from 2022 to 2032, faster than the average for all occupations.  According to the BLS, a Public Health Administrator’s average salary is $64,952 per year.

Students who choose to earn a bachelor’s degree in Public Health may work in other roles such as a research assistant, biostatistician, or environmental engineer.

Professionals in Public Health work in a variety of settings such as:

  • Non-profit and voluntary health and human services agencies
  • Public health departments
  • Insurance companies and businesses with worksite health programs
  • University wellness/health programs
  • Public health departments at the state and community level
  • Hospitals and health clinics
  • Corporate work sites
  • Community health organizations
  • Family planning clinics

What is Next After My Graduation with the BS in Public Health?

Earning your Bachelor’s in Public Health can lead to many opportunities for advancement. Students in the Cincinnati area can enroll in our on-campus Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate degree!

Occupation Median Wage Projected Growth
Community Health Workers $48,200 9%
Health Education Specialists $62,860 5-8%
Medical and Health Services Managers $110,680 9%
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health $78,980 5-8%
Fitness and Wellness Coordinators $57,570 2-4%
Social and Community Service Managers $77,030 9%
Social Science Research Assistants $56,400 5-8%
Fundraisers $64,160 5-8%
Fundraising Managers $119,200 5-8%