Careers: Bachelor of Science in Public Health

July 01, 2023
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Public Health Career Outlook

Upon completing the 100% online undergraduate 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

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

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

Advance your career with a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate degree!

Improving Public Health

Make a difference in public health. Our mission is to promote health, prevent disease, and protect the environment of our communities, locally and beyond. We achieve this through our evidence-based interdisciplinary approaches in education, research, practice, and community engagement. Discover what you can do with a Master of Public Health from the University of Cincinnati.

A Degree in A Growing Field

As a professional degree, skills gained through the UC MPH Program are recognized as being directly applicable to public health practice and careers worldwide. Choose between seven 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
95% Placement Rate

Placement rate is based on the cohort of UC MPH students that graduated in academic year 2018-2019. Placement includes 1) employed, 2) continuing education/training and 3) not seeking employment by choice (CEPH 2020 annual report).

Employment Opportunities for Graduates

The BS Public Health and/or Master of Public Health (MPH) 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 13 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations.  According to the BLS,  a Public Health Administrator’s average salary is $64,952 per year. Public Health Analyst, average salary of $61,404 per year and a Health Educator, average salary of $46,080 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