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Is public health a good major?

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There are so many different professions in Public Health: Health promotions (major in suicide prevention, addiction, nutrition, or fitness), emergency preparedness and response (emergency management or emergency preparedness and response) environment health (geology or environmental health), WIC (administration or nutrition), clinc (nurse, nurse practitioner, medical billing), epidemiologist (nurse microbiology) and vital starts (administrative). There is also a degree in public health that covers a little bit of all of this.

Vanessa recommends the following next steps:

  • Find your passion and go for it.