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Studying in the field
According to a Johns Hopkins study, which appeared in the June 2002 issue of Health Policy, the health and healthcare costs of a nation's population are significantly affected by the quality of that nation's network of primary care providers. The ultimate goal of Public Health is to ensure the health of society by promoting quality living conditions through evaluation of the health effects of chemical, biological, physical, and behavioral environmental factors. Current issues affecting society today such as toxic wastes, substance abuse, and numerous environmental threats are redefining our public policy issues, resulting in a greater dependency on the knowledge and expertise of public health professionals.
Dynamic changes occurring in all facets of our environment today have created quite a diverse array of fields of study for those interested in studying Public Health. Some of these specializations of study include, but are not limited to: Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Administration, Health Law, International Health, and Population and Family Health Sciences. Additionally, to formalize one's professional position in the field, a student may sit for the national credentialing exam for the Certified Health Education Specialist (C.H.E.S.). Students in these programs are currently employed within such professions as education, nursing, hospital administration, and theology. Depending on your area of interest, research multiple programs to determine which program will fit your needs.
Job opportunities in the field
A vast assortment of job opportunities are available to the Public Health graduate. Employment settings range from professionals wearing lab coats and safety goggles to those wearing business attire or nursing uniforms. Some current job titles in the field include, but are not limited to: Epidemiologist, Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Specialist, Occupational Health Nurse, Vital Statistics Director, and Air Pollution Engineer. Becoming a member of this exciting field enables an individual to facilitate improved positive conditions within families and communities. Visit the sites of our sponsoring programs for more specific information and to learn about particular programs and areas of focus.
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