All you need to know about public health as a career
What is Public Health all about?
It is an interesting and very important field of extensive application in life. Here is why.
Virtually everything we see and do around us is related to public health. Stop signs, seat belts, helmets, roads, bridges, underground pipelines and sewage systems and traffic lights are some examples of the functional public health tools and protective measure. Public Health is a dynamic multidisciplinary field which involves the protection and improvement of the health of the community and population. Its main focus is on the health of a population while they are still healthy rather than on a particular patient.
Public Health regards the community as its patient and this fact differentiates public health from clinical medicine. Also public health deals with population health, prevention and health promotion. Clinical medicine focuses on individuals, diseases, clinical diagnosis and
treatment. The Public Health professional works to prevent outbreaks and health problems from occurring through public health education, policies, research and public health service administration.
Public health uses a proactive preventive approach to tackle large-scale health problems such as disease outbreaks (epidemics and pandemics), brain injuries, accident occurrence, and pollution. Public Health is a growing field of study and has become multidisciplinary and involves diverse populations in different diverse settings. Diversity in public health is important since it involves an entire population rather than a sub-group. It is thus structured to be inclusive in the provision of services and the implementation of related policy.
Do you want a degree Public Health? Here is the how to:
Public health offers a variety of degrees at different levels of education and one can earn a bachelor’s, master or doctorate degree in public bachelor’s
Bachelor of Science in Public Health at the undergraduate level open doors for entry-level opportunities in areas such as health education, promotion and environmental health. Students have the opportunity to develop a specialty area by choosing a concentration in public policy, social science, community health worker, or environmental health.
Other areas in public health include:
- Behavioral science and health education
- Health policy and administration
- Environmental and occupational health
- International health.
Masters in Public Health is a requirement for public health management, administration, policy development, biostatistics and epidemiology. A master in public health prepares individuals to become public health professional who work to address global health problems through multiple interdisciplinary approaches.
MPH-Master in Public Health
MHA- Master in Health Administration
MHSA-Master in Health Service Administration
MSPH- Master of Science in Public Health
Doctorate is a degree program mainly designed for graduates in the field of public health who want to develop their skills in public health research. Individuals are expected to have acquired a graduate degree in public health or other related fields. The doctorate degree equips individuals to be leaders in academic institutions, government, State, local, national and international agencies. They are managers and administrators of public health services in both public and private organizations.
DrPH- Doctor in public Health
PhD- Doctor of Philosophy
This post was originally published here on 10/9/2011