Quick Facts

  • Only 16 percent of universities in the U.S. offer undergraduate public health degrees.

 A degree in public health can lead to:

  • An advanced degree in medicine, healthcare, biotechnology, life sciences and more!
  • A career as an epidemiologist, a health educator, a biostatistician, a health services administrator, a clinical outcomes specialist, an infection control coordinator, a research scientist, a health communications specialist and an environmental health intelligence analyst.

What does a future in Public Health look like?

  • There is strong evidence that the need for public health professionals will be high in coming years. Studies show that by 2020, there will be a shortage of a quarter of a million public health workers.

Pursuing an advanced degree:

  • Upon graduation, if you would like to pursue an advanced degree, you have options. There are more than 50 graduate schools of public health in the U.S., with an institution located in every region. Discover all ASPH has to offer by checking out their website.
  • There are a variety of postgraduate opportunities, including the Field of Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) at the CDC. You can view all of the opportunities provided by the CDC here.
  • If you are interested in pursuing a professional career, public health in combination with pre-med training is an excellent combination for medical school admissions. You can find a list of medical colleges in the U.S. and Canada that offer M.D. degrees through AAMC, or a list of medical colleges that offer osteopathic (D.O) degrees through AACOM.
  • Another professional career you may choose to follow is law. Many law schools (there are over 200 in the U.S.) have now incorporated health law programs. For a list of the country’s law schools, visit ABA.