Public health initiatives improve and extend the lives of millions worldwide. Over the last century alone, public health professionals and organizations have eradicated smallpox on a global scale, established international nuclear test bans and environmental accords, founded an HIV/AIDS coalition in Africa, and extended the average American lifespan by 30 years.

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Today, public health professionals continue to seek cures for cancers and diseases, including HIV/AIDS, breast cancer and diabetes. They also work to improve the overall health of communities through research, regulation, education and high-quality, accessible health care. Learn more about public health careers at the local, national, and international level.

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The public health sector is in dire need of highly-qualified specialists. The Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) predicts a shortage of 250,000 professionals (one-third of the existing public health workforce) by 2020. By these estimates, schools of public health will need to train three times the number of current enrollees to meet this need. Check out our degree guides to see how public health education can launch or focus your career.

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  • 2014 Public Health Year-in-Review: Part 3

    2014 Public Health Year-in-Review: Part 3

    The Top Ten Biggest Public Health Issues of 2014 continues this week with a look at more moments in health that made this year memorable. The reframing of public health in the past year begins with the “T” in LGBT: 5. Transforming Health for Transgendered Populations Those who are transgendered have long faced the burden …

  • 2014 Public Health Year-in-Review: Part 2

    2014 Public Health Year-in-Review: Part 2

    Last week, we started off the Top Ten Biggest Public Health Issues of 2014 by examining the shortage in general practitioners and the increase in digitized health records. This week let’s take a look at two more health issues that have impacted public health in the past year. 4. National Health Disparities Health disparities are …

  • 2014 Public Health Year-in-Review: Part 1

    2014 Public Health Year-in-Review: Part 1

    As 2014 comes to an end, it’s time to reflect on public health issues that have made a significant impact in the field of health. The next 4 weeks will be part of a year-in-review series of the Ten Biggest Public Health Issues of 2014. This week lets take a look at two health matters …