Public Health Online began in early 2014 with Dan Schuessler and Wes Harris. Our vision is to provide students, parents and general readers with accurate and expert-driven information and resources about public health topics, careers and the post-secondary educational landscape. We want our in-depth guidebooks and degree- and subject-focused pages to help anyone interested in public health make informed decisions at every turn.
Public health may conjure images of community medical clinics or awareness campaigns promoting healthy living, but the field is not nearly so narrow. Instead, public health professionals are involved in everything from identifying diseases to creating public policy to helping refugees integrate into new communities.
According to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), there are ten common areas of study for those entering the field. These areas can lead to careers such as health educators and community outreach workers, but the health department isn’t the only place hiring public health majors.
The University of Buffalo surveyed alumni who had earned their master of public health (MPH) degree and learned that graduates found jobs in a variety of settings. For example, some students went on to become data and research managers, while others found careers as administrators with health insurance companies.
The following guide dives deeper into these careers and others within the public health sphere. It leverages expert interviews, information and resources to better understand the professional landscape, as well as the various educational options needed to enter, advance and succeed in the field. Specific goals of the guidebook include:
- Dispelling the myths and misconceptions surrounding public health
- Explaining the skills gained by public health students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
- Exploring the diverse occupations and career paths that can come from a public health degree
- Providing industry-specific resources for students
- Leveraging experts in the field to get the most valuable information possible
Public Health Online began in early 2014 in response to what we saw as a need for a resource to serve aspiring and practicing public health professionals across all disciplines. Our vision was to provide students, parents and general readers with accurate and expert-driven information and resources about public health topics, careers and the post-secondary educational landscape. We want our in-depth guidebooks and degree- and subject-focused pages to help anyone interested in public health make informed decisions at every turn.
Who We Serve
In short, we serve everyone interested in public health. However, many of our resources cater to current and future college students and adult learners. Due to the site’s eclectic audience, we present information in a multitude of user-friendly ways, including detailed articles, charts and graphs, interactive tools and maps, quizzes and more. Everything on our site has been researched meticulously and vetted by experts to ensure readers get content that’s informative, valuable and 100 percent accurate. If there’s anything you’d like to see on our site that’s not here now, or if you have feedback about a current element, we welcome your comments and suggestions.
The solutions to today’s most pressing public health issues requires an interdisciplinary approach– from the epidemiologists that conduct research and the biostatisticians that evaluate and interpret their data, to the policymakers that prioritize and fund public health initiatives and the program directors that design and implement outreach programs. Similarly, Public Health Online required the expertise of people from a number of backgrounds to make the idea of creating a free online public health resource a reality. This involved everybody from public health professionals that lent their time and expertise to ensure the accuracy and timely relevance of the information on the site, to web developers responsible for the site’s design and functionality along with professional writers that helped make complex ideas accessible to a broad audience.