Career Opportunities for Majors in Public Health


The Public Health program is offered through the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and leads to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. It provides students with a foundation in areas such as wellness and health promotion, disease and injury prevention, occupational and environmental health, health care delivery services and administration, epidemiology and population research and health threat preparedness and safety.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, public health professionals work in a wide range of services including infectious disease control, community and global health services, biostatistics and informatics, chronic disease management, environmental/occupational safety, and emergency preparedness. The Public Health program prepares students for a broad variety of planning and management career paths in health care and disease prevention. These positions can be found in business, government, education, nonprofit, and health organizations. Continued study at the graduate level is also an option.

Regardless of your career choices, increase your marketability to employers through internships, research projects, service learning, related work experience, good grades and involvement in college activities.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Ambulatory Services Specialist Health Policy Practitioner Planner & Program Analyst
Consultant Industrial Hygenist Program Director
Counselor Investigator Public Health Consultant
Dietician Managed Care Coordinator Public Health Nurse
Environmental Health Specialist Medical Officer Public Health Nutritionist
Epidemiologist Medical Program Analyst Research Asst.
Health and Safety Officer Occupational Health Specialist Residence Counselor
Health Center Administrator Occupational Therapist Social Worker
Health Educator Outreach Worker Supervisor of Medical Records
Health Officer Physician Training Coordinator/Director
Health Planner Physician Assistant

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Ambulatory Care Centers Health Maintenance Organizations Nursing homes
Assisted Living Facilities Hospitals Pharmaceutical Companies
Colleges/Universities   Insurance Companies Psychiatric hospitals
Community Health Centers International Health Agencies Rehabilitation clinics
Educational Institutions Laboratories Research institutes
Energy Conservation Firms Mental health institutions Social Service Agencies
Government Agencies
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Health & Human Services National Science Foundation 
Centers for Disease Control Health Resources & Services Admin. Office of Disease Prevention & Health Promotion
Community Development Agencies National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health Office of Health Research, Statistics and Technology
Environmental Agencies National Institutes of Health U.S. Public Health Service

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Public Health

Organization Job Title
Memorial Sloan Kettering Admissions Assistant
AT & T Wireless Assistant Buyer
NJ State Department of Education Coordinator of Public Outreach & Education
Princeton Biomedical Research Coordinator
Volunteer Services, E. Orange Hospital Coordinator
SERV Centers of New Jersey Counselor
Young Men's Hebrew Association (YMHA) Counselor
Orange Cty. Health Dept. Environmental Health Specialist
Verticles Health Care Research Assistant
Planned Parenthood Health Educator
Bergen County Health Care Health Program Analyst
Johnson & Johnson Managed Care Analyst
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Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Public Health

UMDNJ Clin. Research Ctr. (MS Health Sci.) Administrator
Middlebrook Health Commission (MS Public Health) Asst. Health Officer
St. Louis County Health Dept. (PhD Health Science) Chief Medical Officer
Community Family Planning Council Clinic Administrator
Advisement & Recruitment, Temple University Coordinator
Chubb & Son, Inc. (Master's MIS) DP Audit Manager
Enterprise Info. Sys. Health Care Management Consultant
Middlebrook Regional Health Commission Health Officer/Director
Pulte Homes Lifestyle Coordinator
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of NJ (MHA) Managed Care Coordinator
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Graduate Schools Attended

Institution Degree Field
Other Biomedical Sciences
Atlantic Cape Community College
Bergen Community College
Bergen Community College Nursing Nursing
Boston University MA Public Health
Boston University MA Social Work
Camden County College
Chatham University Biological Sciences General
Columbia University MA Public Health
Columbia University
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