The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Public Health Careers

Posted by Jennifer Verta on Jun 20, 2015 2:04:00 PM


For (nearly) everyone, there comes a moment when you wonder if you're on the right path. It's almost like, is this what I'm supposed to be doing with my life?

If that describes you, you're in luck! I may just have the career path you hadn't thought of before ...

The world of Public Health careers is vast and full of many different and fascinating aspects.

Now you might be wondering, that's great, but what exactly is Public Health? 

What is Public Health?

Public Health, put simply, is the focus of bettering the health of everyone as a whole. 


Many people are healthy and thriving today due to the plethora of public health programs put in place. An example of a few programs that are featured on the Denver Health Website:

  • Health promotion activities
  • Clinical care such as travel clinics
  • Vaccination programs
  • Motor vehicle safety laws
  • Tobacco awareness
  • Family planning
  • HIV Care and Prevention


The field is constantly working to match the ever changing variety of needs that populations from around the world require.

According to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, the fundamental goal of public health is to protect and improve the health of individuals, families, communities and populations locally and globally. This includes the practice of public health policies, issues, and discovering ways to better them.

Public Health Job Description & Salary

When considering a career, obviously money is usually one of the top factors in the search. According to the "25 Most In Demand Public Health Jobs and Titles", it was found that salaries can range from about $35k to $100k and up. At the very high end of the scale, the International HIV Specialist can earn as much as $500,000 per year.

Below is a quick summary of the most in-demand public health careers. See if one of these sounds right for you.



Epidemiology is the study of how health affects large populations of people rather than handling patients on a smaller scale. An Epidemiologist will work to minimize issues associated with public health crises. They are a huge contribution to educating people about the safest practices for good health.

Salaries range from 35K to 100k.

Disaster and Emergency Specialist 


These professionals amass disaster response plans and train others on the best practices during emergencies and disasters. Many of these specialists are employed by the state or federal government and/or work in the military.

Average salary is about $50k a year.

Public Health Educator


A Public Health Educator informs those who live in areas of public health distress suggested methods for living healthier lives and making healthier choices that can lead to a healthier community.

Average salary is about $45k a year.

HIV Specialist


This job entails working with needy patients who have HIV to help them live a less difficult and more normal life. These professionals have a vast knowledge of HIV and dedicate themselves to protecting the public health from the disease. Usually requires a masters degree and traveling to distant locations to prevent outbreaks.

Average salary is about $50k a year, with the potential to earn $100k-$500k.

Industrial Hygienist


A scientist or an engineer whose goal is to reduce public health risk in the workplace. This can include researching potentially dangerous workplace situations, training employees to avoid hazardous environments or situations and coming up with strategies to cut down the risk.

Salary range is from $45k to $100k annually.

There you have it, the quick and easy list of possible careers in this vast and rewarding area. If you have a unique Public Health job or story you want to share, leave it in the comments below.

If you are thinking that Public Health is not right for you, here are 50 fun career quizzes to help you get a feeling for your passion! You can also take a gander at what the cost would be like to go to college in Colorado.

Lastly, if you are interested and would like more information about a degree in public health, check out CU Denver's online public health major.

Alright, alright I'm done.

Hope you read me again soon!

-Jen OUT-


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