What careers require an MPH?
I am considering pursuing an MPH in the future, but I don't know anyone who uses it in their career. What makes an MPH degree unique?
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Those with MPH degrees work as biostatisticians, epidemiologists, researchers, professors, policy advisers, health educators, health program coordinators and managers - and much more. I personally have worked in health education the past few years coordinating a health promotion program for a local government agency. I have former colleagues who work in developing health apps, global pandemic response, and as professors.
Every year, management consulting firms hire graduates as part of their graduate programs. Graduates join as associates or consultants, and progress to become seniors, managers, senior managers, directors and partners. The progression is based on performance but it takes typically 2-3 years at the earlier progressions, and slightly longer at the later progressions.
You will work on healthcare projects that vary in duration and complexity. Some projects are short and focused in scope, and those are typically delivered in few weeks in small teams. Other projects or programs can be longer and more complex in scope, which require more time and larger delivery teams.
As you gain experience over time, you will find your niche area of specialty within healthcare, have opportunities to travel within the US and globally to provide advice as a subject matter expert.
MPH programs require you to chose a focus area and complete a set of related courses which will strengthen your skills and expertise in that area of interest. There are so many directions you can take an MPH (healthcare, health education, communications, research, data analytics, project management, program evaluator, etc.), so taking skills-based courses related to your dream job and passions can help set you up for success and make you a competitive job applicant.
An MPH (or any masters degree) may be required for some jobs you are interested in. I recommend looking up some jobs in different areas of public health that interest you, and seeing which job postings require a masters degree. Other jobs may not require a masters degree, but may require several years of experience. Sometimes employers will count the MPH towards years of experience and/or will increase your salary.
It is a very good career to consider. Just like becoming a doctor, public health administrator deals with the health of individuals in the community. You can work as a health administrator in hospitals or clinics where you are responsible for overseeing the health of the patients, as an epidemiologist where you study about infectious diseases and how they spread so that you are prepared when infectious diseases hit the communities. You can work in government agencies where they are involved in trying to improve the general health of people in Low income communities. You can be involved in research, teaching and as you become more experienced you can become health commissioner where you study new ways of improving the overall health of communities or work as a hospital administrator.
Good luck with your choice and wish you all the best for your future!
Congratulations on your STEM studies and good luck with your academic and career pursuits if you decide to obtain a Masters of Public Health. Although I am not in the healthcare industry, I can provide some perspective based on the STEM and technology aspects that intersect with healthcare.
Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increased emphasis on access to broadband and related Internet/technology tools. As information continues to be digitized, innovative services and technological advancements have made it easier for people to connect. Whether they are in the same neighborhood or a country halfway across the world, the ability for people to interact with one another and information to be exchanged instantaneously, technology has made these connections easier.
The impact of advancements in technology on the healthcare industry are numerous and the future is bright for ensuring better patient care and outcomes. For example, telehealth interactions allow for physician-patient diagnosis without having to be in the same place, eliminating the expense and time associated with in-person consultations. Or even robotic technology which allows surgeons to use 3-D imaging and wireless 5G connections to perform surgical procedures remotely where the surgeon and the patient are in different parts of the world.
These are just a couple examples of how technology and healthcare intersect with one another. I wish you well in your future career aspirations whether its in the healthcare industry or another profession.