Exploring Public Health Careers

A career in Public Health offers an opportunity to impact the lives of individuals and communities — locally, nationally and globally. This is an exciting, challenging and rewarding field that is growing every day. To learn more about what it’s like to learn and work in the public health field at UW and beyond, click on the links below.

“Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play. While a doctor treats people who are sick, those of us working in public health try to prevent people from getting sick or injured in the first place. We also promote wellness by encouraging healthy behaviors.”- American Public Health Association  


There is a wide range of jobs available in public health at different levels of operation. What are some possible career paths? 

Food and safety investigator

Health Informatics Manager

Health educator


Health equity coordinator

Public health physician

Scientist or researcher

Public health nurse


Industrial hygienist

Community planner

Public policymakers

Health data analyst


U.S. Public Health Service Officer

Science Communicator

Depending on one’s credentials, expertise, and the location of the job, the salary for a public health position varies. For general information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Earnings Data compares job earnings, benefits, demographics, and more. 


A great way to learn more about careers in public health is through professional organizations. The following organizations represent major decision-making bodies in public health education and practice. Click into each website to learn more about what you can do with a degree or job in the field.


To learn more about the UWSPH’s public health academic programs and departments, click the links below.