Child with globeIn a few months, members of our staff will begin traveling to graduate information fairs across the country. We’ll meet with many of you. 

Some of you will know exactly what you want to do and how you plan to do it. Others will be looking for guidance.  What is public health?  How do you know if it’s the right career path for you?

I can answer the first question.

Public health is “the science and art of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention” (taken from What is Public Health). It’s an extremely broad discipline that includes epidemiologists, statisticians, social scientists, policymakers and so many more.

That second question (is public health the right career for you?) is a little more complicated. I can’t answer it for you. It’s yours to research and discover.  

I can, however, point you to a few resources to get started.

  • What is Public Health
    Great website defining public health, its impact and careers of public health professionals.
  • Our (JHSPH) Website
    Over the past year, our School website was redesigned with prospective students as the main audience. It provides a wonderful snapshot of the amazing work our students and faculty do in public health.
  • Public Health: On the Inside
    Our own Dr. Burke (associate dean for Public Health Practice and Training) records this podcast series providing an inside look into real people working in public health.
  • The Nation’s Health
    Monthly newsletter of the oldest organization of public health professionals, the American Public Health Association (APHA)

Go forth and discover the field of public health!