MPH Career Opportunities
One degree. Endless opportunities. Explore how your public health career outlook could change with West Coast University's MPH program.
Earning your online Master of Public Health degree could open the doors to a wide range of career paths—and the West Coast University Career Services team can help you both prepare for, and explore your options.
We are only as healthy as the world around us. Public Health professionals help assure every aspect of a healthy environment—from available resources to education that modifies behavior, and beyond. That's why a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree offers such rich and diverse public health career options.
The Role of Public Health Professionals: Knowledge is power—as a public health professional, you'll inform, educate, and empower people to address and prevent health issues. This general online public health program gives students the opportunity to test core areas of public health—and helps prepare graduates for entry-level (Tier I) and supervisory level (Tier II) roles in public health.
- Monitor, research, and evaluate community health to identify and solve problems.
- Identify and investigate problems and health hazards impacting health in the community.
- Align the community to take action—engaging partners to address health problems.
- Make plans that support individual and community health efforts.
- Protect health and ensure safety by making sure laws are enforced.
- Connect people with resources—ensuring health services are available.
- Play a role in policy—ensuring a level of competency for the community's health care workforce.
WCU Career Services offers career planning advice, assistance with everything from resume writing and interview preparation to job leads and more. While we can't guarantee employment, we can help you prepare to make the most of every public health career opportunity. It's one-stop support—before and after graduation—to help you advance your career.
Potential careers for professionals with a MPH degree include:
Medical and Health Services Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, public health agencies, or similar organizations.
Sample of reported job titles: Clinical Director, Health Information Management Corporate Director, Health Information Management Director, Health Manager, Mental Health Program Manager, Nurse Manager, Nursing Director, Practice Administrator, Program Manager
Community Health Workers
Assist individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. Conduct outreach for medical personnel or health organizations to implement programs in the community that promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health. May provide information on available resources, provide social support and informal counseling, advocate for individuals and community health needs, and provide services such as first aid and blood pressure screening. May collect data to help identify community health needs.
Sample of reported job titles: Apprise Counselor, Assistant Director of Nutrition and Wellness Programs, Chief Program Officer, Community Health Outreach Worker, Community Health Program Coordinator, Community Health Program Representative (Community Health Program Rep), Community Health Promoter, Community Health Worker (CHW), Community Nutrition Educator, HIV CTS Specialist (Human Immunodeficiency Virus Counseling and Testing Services Specialist)
Provide and manage health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. Collect and analyze data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments. May serve as a resource to assist individuals, other healthcare workers, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs.
Sample of reported job titles: Certified Diabetes Educator, Clinical Instructor, Community Health Consultant, Education Coordinator, Health Education Coordinator, Health Education Specialist, Health Educator, Health Promotion Specialist, Public Health Educator, Public Information Officer
Social and Human Service Assistants
Assist in providing client services in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, including support for families. May assist clients in identifying and obtaining available benefits and social and community services. May assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or dependent care.
Sample of reported job titles: Advocate, Caseworker, Community Coordinator, Family Support Worker, Home based Assistant, Human Services Program Specialist, Mental Health Technician, Outreach Specialist, Social Services Assistant, Social Work Associate
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health
Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources.
Sample of reported job titles: Environmental Analyst, Environmental Health and Safety Specialist, Environmental Programs Specialist, Environmental Protection Specialist, Environmental Scientist, Environmental Specialist, Hazardous Substances Scientist, Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS), Research Environmental Scientist, Senior Environmental Scientist
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
Review, evaluate, and analyze work environments and design programs and procedures to control, eliminate, and prevent disease or injury caused by chemical, physical, and biological agents or ergonomic factors. May conduct inspections and enforce adherence to laws and regulations governing the health and safety of individuals. May be employed in the public or private sector. Includes environmental protection officers.
Sample of reported job titles: Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH); Chemical Hygiene Officer; Environmental Health and Safety Officer; Environmental, Health, and Safety Officer (EHS Officer); Industrial Hygienist; Industrial Hygienist Consultant; Safety Consultant; Safety Management Consultant; Safety Officer; Safety Specialist