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Careers within the Department of Public Health Programs

At Western Kentucky University, our Public Health Department graduates are prepared for life at the top. 

With this major, you have endless opportunities to pursue passions and build a career that aligns with your goals. You will learn about diverse populations, the health care system and its impact on health outcomes, and preventative health interventions. Our curriculum focuses on hands-on learning that will help prepare you for a successful future. 

With WKU’s Public Health degrees, you can take your professional life to new heights.


Graduates from the Public Health program can pursue entry - mid level management positions such as:

  • Health Educator
  • Community Health Worker
  • Community Health Navigator
  • Research Associate
  • Global Health Specialist
  • Health & Wellness Specialist
  • Overdose Prevention Specialist
  • Population Health Specialist

The Environmental & Occupational Health Science (EOHS) program prepares students to understand how exposures to environmental and occupational health hazards occur and how these exposures can be reduced and controlled in order to better protect public health. Students graduating from the program go on to pursue careers such as:

  • Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Technicians, Managers or Coordinators
  • Occupational Safety & Health Technicians or Specialists
  • Safety Coordinators
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Stormwater Program Managers
  • Environmental Scientists
  • Environmental Health Specialists

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

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.  

Graduates from the Health Sciences program can pursue entry - mid level management positions such as:

  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Medical Sales Representative
  • Activities Coordinator
  • Program Coordinator
  • Research Associate


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 Last Modified 9/19/23