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.

Education

WHERE DO I START?

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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Public health awareness is all about making the invisible visible. Whether you are a student, a parent, a professional or an amateur researcher, we work to bring the latest in news, insights and research straight to you.

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  • Revisiting My Undergraduate, Part One

    Revisiting My Undergraduate, Part One

    College began for me at the tender age of 17. It’s not that I had skipped a grade; I was just born late in the year, meaning I’ve always been the youngest in my class. That being said, I did kill on the STAR exam in elementary school ― so I like to think age …

  • 2014 PUBLIC HEALTH YEAR-IN-REVIEW: PART 5

    2014 PUBLIC HEALTH YEAR-IN-REVIEW: PART 5

    This post concludes the Year-In-Review Series, which has looked at the ten most significant public health moments of 2014. Last week we examined the increased use of e-cigarettes and major advances in HIV prevention. We close our list by looking at the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the rampant Ebola outbreak. 9. Healthcare …

  • 2014 Public Health Year-in-Review: Part 4

    2014 Public Health Year-in-Review: Part 4

    With so many significant health moments in 2014, I’m going to double-up the issues discussed in this week’s post for an extra dose of our year in review series. 7. Blowing Smoke: The Research Behind E-cigarettes The popularity of e-cigarettes skyrocketed in 2014, as the smoke-free nicotine delivery device gained traction with the younger generation. …