Top in-demand careers for master of public health (MPH) graduates
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- January 5, 2022
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Are you looking to advance in your healthcare career? Consider a master of public health (MPH) degree.
An MPH can lead to fulfilling careers that are expected to experience significant job growth in the next decade.
Take a look at some of the top in-demand public health careers below, and learn about a leader in the field – Daemen University’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program – today.
Epidemiologists investigate and determine public health issues by studying patterns and causes of both disease and injury in humans.
They work to prevent and reduce risks of health crises through research – educating the community and developing or supporting health policies.
The demand for epidemiologists has skyrocketed – due, in part, to the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts job growth for epidemiologists to increase more than 30 percent by 2030 – more than triple the average growth rate for all occupations in the U.S.
Job opportunities are available in private industries, nonprofit organizations, and public health organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization.
What’s more, the median annual wage for epidemiologists is close to $75,000 annually.
Public Health Nurse
Registered nurses with a four-year degree can benefit from an MPH degree by making higher salaries and becoming candidates for career advancement into supervisory roles.
In the last decade, the demand has risen sharply for professionals with training in nursing. Now, more than ever, there exists a need for services provided by public health nurses – particularly in medically underserved and low-income communities.
Besides treating patients with health issues and providing immunizations, public health nurses monitor health trends and identify risk factors in communities, inspect workplaces for health risks, create emergency health plans, design health education campaigns and much more.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, government agencies are also recognizing the benefits these preventive and health education services provide – both in ensuring overall community health, as well as in reducing overall healthcare costs.
Public Health Educator
Public health educators seek to understand what influences health behaviors and population health.
Those interested in becoming health education specialists can expect a 17 percent increase in demand for job growth before 2030.
Alongside healthcare workers, health advocates, policy makers, government agencies and others, public health educators work with individuals, groups, and communities to improve access to information, resources, and tools necessary for informed health decisions, and conduct community health assessments.
They also design and implement health education programs and advocate for health promoting policies.
Opportunities are available in health care agencies, nonprofit organizations, corporations, government agencies, and education systems.
In addition, an MPH degree equips medical professionals – including physical therapists, social workers, nurses, lawyers, and others – with the skills needed to become successful public health educators.
Learn about Daemen University’s Master of Public Health Program (MPH) today.
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