Securing your future : Public Health Program

Public health is a noble calling, but if you aren’t careful, the wrong school will leave you ill-prepared for the realities of the profession. How can you be sure you’ve found the right program for your future as a doctor, epidemiologist or environmental health officer? Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a school for your public health degree.


Public health education simply cannot afford to be behind the times. With medical breakthroughs happening every day and diseases rising and falling in both developed nations and the third world, you need to be on top of all advancements and trends. Look for a school with researchers who are still working on the front lines in public health.

Focus Areas

If you aren’t sure where you’re hoping to go with your public health degree, it’s time to get serious and start thinking about a specialty. Do you have a passion for numbers? Biostatistics might be your calling. Are you hoping to affect policy changes throughout the world? You’ll want to work toward a degree in global health leadership. No matter which path you choose, your chosen school should have rewards, accolades or even just an interesting curriculum for your focus area.


Many public health programs are available online for the busy student. Others still might offer accelerated or graduate programs for those who are anxious to leave their textbooks behind and make a difference in the real world. For example, if you attend the University of Southern California (USC), you can get your master’s degree in as little as two years. You can also combine online classes with real-world experience by working with a public health agency for college credit.


There are a number of minors that will complement a degree in public health. If you’re planning a career in medicine, biology or behavioral science classes will round out your education; if you want to stick to research, you’ll still benefit from math, computing or anything focused on the administrative side of healthcare. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different courses.

These are just a few things to consider when choosing a school for its public health program. In just a few short years, you’ll be out in the trenches fighting disease and disaster, so make sure you get a quality education so you are fully prepared.

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