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Careers in Public Health

Career Opportunities in Public Health

Public health work is done in a wide variety of settings in the public and private sectors. Graduates of the baccalaureate program in Public Health are prepared to use their skills in a variety of government agencies, hospitals and other facilities of the health care systems, community mental health agencies, employee health programs in business and industry, student health services on college campuses, and many non-profit health agencies in communities. Graduates have a comprehensive knowledge base in health science and skills in planning educational programs, designing instructional materials, conducting community health needs assessments, and completing common administration duties such as budgeting and supervising volunteers. Many students choose to pursue advanced degrees in public health, and are strongly encouraged.

Career Opportunities in Environmental Health Science

Environmental health science and protection is the art and science of protecting against environmental factors that adversely impact human health or the ecologic balances to long-term human and ecosystem health. Exciting careers are available working with government agencies, municipalities, utilities, environmental consulting firms, industry, non-profit organizations, and local governments. With ever expanding opportunities, environmental health graduates will be globally marketable.

Career Opportunities in Healthcare Administration

This is an exciting time for taking Healthcare Administration Degree at WKU. Healthcare is changing more rapidly than almost any other field. Future medical and health services managers must be prepared to deal with the integration of health care delivery systems, technological innovations, an increasingly complex regulatory environment, restructuring of work and an increased focus on preventive care. With growing diversity in the healthcare system, executives are needed in many settings, including:

  • Clinics
  • Consulting Firms
  • Health Insurance Organizations
  • Healthcare Associations
  • Hospitals
  • Medical Supplies
  • Long-Tern Care Facilities
  • Physician Practices
  • Mental Health Organizations
  • Public Health Departments
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Universities & Research Institutions

Career Opportunities in Healthcare Management

Your first job might be an entry- to mid-level management position in a specialized area, such as:

  • Finance
  • Government Relations
  • Human Resources
  • Information Systems
  • Health Services Research
  • Health Policy
  • Marketing & Public Affairs
  • Material Management (purchasing of equipment & supplies)
  • Medical Staff Relations
  • Nursing Administration
  • Patient Care Services
  • Planning & Development
Growth and Salaries: Healthcare management is a huge, complex, and ever-changing field. In fact, healthcare service as an industry is projected to grow by over 30% between 1996 and now and will account for over 3.1 million new jobs, the largest increase among all industries. 

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 Last Modified 1/8/19