4 Reasons to Invest in a Public Health Career

4 Reasons to Invest in a Public Health Career

If you’re considering a career in public health or looking to get more deeply involved in the field, you’ve probably read the headlines by now. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections for 2014-2024, the healthcare sector will have the fastest job and wage growth over this time period, outpacing every other industry and well above the national average. As a current public health professional or someone entering the field, investing in a career with demonstrated job security and earning potential is a smart idea. A master’s degree in public health not only raises your profile among the crowd, but also positions you with the skills to make an effective and sustainable impact through leadership roles in local, national and international organizations.

What makes UC Berkeley’s On-Campus/Online Master of Public Health program uniquely designed to further your career in public health? Read on.

UC Berkeley is consistently ranked the number one public university, with its graduate School of Public Health in the top 10 in the nation. A degree from UC Berkeley represents academic rigor and is recognized around the world. The school’s broad public health curriculum provides you with an understanding of epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health behavior, and health policy and management, and the means by which you can implement this knowledge on pressing health problems.

1. The Best of Both Worlds: On-Campus and Online

The Online MPH program provides the convenience of an online program, with the robust networking and personal and professional ties forged with distinguished professors and fellow students during the yearly campus visit. Rather than taking time away from your job, online learning integrates with your busy work schedule, providing an opportunity to both earn an income and your MPH—from anywhere in the world.

2. The Berkeley Network

When you join the Online MPH program, you become a part of UC Berkeley—and all the professional networking available at your fingertips. As the first School of Public Health west of the Mississippi, the UC Berkeley School of Public Health continues to be a leader in research, teaching and service. Take the opportunity to tap into this networkavailable: Because many students are mid-career public health professionals, each member of the cohort brings thought-provoking, real-life case studies to your discussions and a wealth of professional connections to the program.

3. Career Services and Mentorship

A master’s degree in public health opens up new academic and professional opportunities, but the career paths available in such an interdisciplinary field are numerous and can sometimes feel overwhelming. As an Online MPH student or alumni, you have access to services, guidance, resources and tools to understand and realize your professional goals. From the time you enter the program to your degree conferral and transition to a Berkeley School of Public Health alumnus, you have full access to practical and dynamic career services. Take advantage of one-on-one career counseling, workshops and special events, and even online training webinars.

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