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Public Health Careers

Your public health degree prepares you to address community health-related challenges through engagement and education. Boise State’s public health program focuses on helping you build leadership skills and the public health knowledge you need to promote positive social change.

The good news about public health jobs? The public health field is growing. In fact, according to the peer-reviewed American Journal of Public Health, 26% of state public health workers were eligible for retirement in 2016. Find more information on public health careers at

As a graduate of the Public Health program you will:

  • Connect the history and philosophy of public health to today’s public health issues
  • Understand and explain how public health systems work and how they deliver health services
  • Be able to analyze the factors that impact human health and contribute to health disparities and make evidence-based decisions
  • Know how to assess, plan, implement and evaluate public health programs which promote health and disease prevention through public health systems
  • Be able to communicate and use teamwork to inform and engage colleagues, policy makers, and community members to address pertinent public health issues
  • Apply critical thinking, communication and analytical skills to implement public health programs in a variety of settings and in accordance with ethical and legal best practices

What can I do with this degree?

The Public Health occupation statistics listed below come from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.

Possible Careers

  • Medical and Health Services Manager
  • Community Health Worker
  • Health Educator
  • Public Health Analyst
  • Health Services Director
  • Behavioral Health Care Managers
  • Practice Manager
  • Policy Analyst

Projected New Jobs

16-20% growth in these fields from 2016-2026