Public health aims to improve lives globally by focusing on prevention and intervention of programs to promote healthy lifestyles. A majority of the public health field focuses on epidemiological practices, informing public health policies, and on the development of educational and preventative programs to improve health care, prevent infectious diseases, and reduce environmentally hazardous issues. The field of public health requires a profound understanding of the field and most often requires a higher degree. Masters programs in Public Health often require a keen quantitative analysis as most public health professions incorporate quantitative and qualitative research to supplement the work of public health.
Career paths for those in public health are often within academic and research environments, hospital settings, corporations, government health care organizations and health care administrations. Specifically, these career paths often utilize research and data (statistical) skills, use of managerial and business oriented skills, budgeting, strong writing skills, and a profound understanding of the field and current research. Well known organizations that employ public health officials include the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). A career path in public health can be easily molded to individual interests because of the vast variety for specialty concentrations within the field of public health. Masters and doctoral degrees within the field of public health are very well adapted across research, government and academic environments and has been particularly popular and of use in a dual discipline. Some well-known dual disciplines include the fusion of public health and law, pharmacology, dentistry, mental health, research science, biostatistics, and community health.
- Factors to Consider: Graduate School- Offers information on the guidelines of pursuing graduate school including factors to consider when considering graduate school, the recommended timeline, selecting the correct school, funding graduate school, and information pertaining to the graduate process
- LionSHARE Organizations that have posted public health roles in the past include San Francisco Health Plan, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Department of Health and Human Services, The Long Island Association for AIDS Care, Care for the Homeless and Center to Advance Palliative Care
- CCE Internship Programs- CCE sponsors a number of structured internship programs in a variety of fields in both domestic and international locations
- Career Fairs- Attend our career fairs and special events throughout the year including the Fall and Spring Career Fairs
- Barnard-Columbia Public Health Society
- Columbia GlobeMed
- Columbia Peer Health Exchange
- Mailman School of Public Health Career Overviews
- SURF - Hands-on biology related laboratory research
- Student Research Involvement Program
- Mentornet- an online mentoring community in which Columbia University participates
External Internship/Training Opportunities
- National Science Foundation (NSF) - Research Experiences for
Undergraduates (REU) NSF created Research Experiences for
Undergraduates (REU) to promote the advancement of research and give college
students opportunities to inform their research interests. Upon gaining
acceptance to these research positions, a generous stipend, housing
accommodations and living arrangements are provided while attending the
program. These research experiences take place during summer and can range
anywhere from between 4-12 weeks. Application deadlines for these competitive
research experiences are typically from February to March.
- World Health Organization
Internships (WHO) WHO offers a 6-12 week program to help build
future leaders in public health. There are two internships rotations available,
the summer rotation and the winter rotation.
The summer program accepts applications from December 1st-January
31st and the winter program accepts applications from August 1st-
September 30th. The internship program does not accommodate for
travel costs and is a non-paid internship.
- AUPHA Job Openings Board
- World Health Organization (WHO) Employment
- InternMatch - Public Health Internship Opportunities
- Centers for Disease Control Fellowships
- Explore HEALTH Careers
- American Medical Association's Careers in Health Care
- New York State Department of Health Careers
Last updated January 2015