Careers Pathways

The field of public health is very broad, which can make it difficult to decide which path to follow. Listed below are several common areas of public health and more information pertaining to each one. Browse through each topic and see if it may be the right fit for you.


Are you interested in studying the patterns of disease?  Do you want to look more closely at the “why” and “how” factors of disease within certain populations? If so, epidemiology may be the field of choice for you! In this field, you will be a detective, determining the source and outcome of disease. Click the links below to learn more:

What is Epidemiology?

A Guide to Careers in Epidemiology

Environmental Health

Are you interested in how the environment that surrounds us impacts our health? Environmental health revolves around preventing and controlling disease and injury that arise between people and the environments in which they live, work, and play.  Are the topics of clean water, pollutants, hazardous waste, air quality, infrastructure and surveillance of interest to you? If so, the environmental health field could be a good fit. The links below will provide more detailed information:

Why An Environmental Health Degree?

Environmental Public Health Career Options

Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health

Public Health Policy

Do you enjoy developing plans and action steps for achieving health goals within a population?  Do you want to work to outline health priorities and define a vision for future generations? Health policies help to construct environments that promote and protect health. Examples include tobacco-free policies, workplace breastfeeding support policies, and school lunch policies. If this is something that sounds interesting to you, review the links below:

What is Public Health Policy?

Careers in Public Policy & Administration

Global Health

Are you passionate about improving the health of people worldwide, transcending national borders?  Global health protects the public against health issues that threaten all borders, reduce health disparities, and improve health equity. If you are looking to help improve overall health on a global scale, this field may be the right fit for you. Review the links posted below for more information:

Careers in Global Health

Maternal & Child Health

Are you interested in improving maternal and child health, including the health of women during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum? This field of public health helps to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with pregnancy and childbirth. Maternal and child health strives to help children access quality care, and achieve optimal health and a healthy future as a productive adult.  If you’re passionate about all individuals having the right to grow to one’s full potential, this field may be right for you. Review the links below for more information of MCH:

Health Resources & Services Administration: Maternal & Child Health Bureau

Careers in Maternal & Child Health

USAID: Maternal & Child Health

For information on other public health topics, check out the links below:

Public Health Career Questions
The following is a set of thought provoking questions to engage students in a discussion about what Public Health is and how it impacts lives.

Public Health Career Brochure
This brochure provides information about potential careers in public health, degree information and some online resources to seek addition information about Public Health.

Public Health Career Slides
The following slides offer thought provoking comments on a career in public health and additional resources to further research a public health career.

Public Health Careers Live Binder This website offers detailed information about Public Health career opportunities in Maine.

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