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Public Health Career Outlook

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Public Health Careers are broad and varied, and for those who are passionate about changing lives for the better, they present an incredible opportunity to fill growing need in the field. An advanced degree like a Master of Public Health or MS in Clinical Epidemiology demonstrates your pursuit of advanced knowledge, desire to lead and a set of professional skills needed to succeed in a variety of healthcare careers and public health roles.

So why not set yourself apart in a field that is expected to see unprecedented growth in the coming decade?1

Cultivate your professional network in a cooperative online learning environment with a close-knit cohort of diverse professionals. By putting you in touch with peers from a variety of professional backgrounds, helping to broaden your knowledge and challenging your understanding of how public health functions across different sectors, a master’s from Kent State University can help you build the confidence and competence to succeed in a number of public health careers.

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Public Health Outcomes by the Numbers

$64,4822
Average MPH graduate salary

Because master’s degree holders earn, on average, nearly 20 percent more in salary than those with bachelor’s degrees alone,3 a Master of Public Health degree could help you reach salary outcomes at or near the upper end of these ranges.

  • Post-graduation salary range for Epidemiologists: $45K-$101K4
  • Post-graduation salary range for Medical Writers: $54K-$103K5
  • Post-graduation salary range for Health Center Administrators: $51K-$145K6
  • Post-graduation salary range for Management Policy Advisors: $90K-$150K7
  • Post-graduation salary range for Chief Medical Officers: $192K-$389K8

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From Our Students

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“Working in the field, you learn to master your role in public health. The MPH program opens your mind up to the entire public health system, so you understand why your role exists and understand many of the required policies associated with your profession.”
- Tony Eljallad, MPH ’17

SBS Career Paths

Graduates of the online MPH program who specialized in Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) have been successful in the following careers:

  • Clinical research coordinator
  • Research analyst
  • Wellness coordinator
  • Behavioral health program coordinator
  • Public health educator
  • Account specialist

SBS Program Overview

HPM Career Paths

Online MPH graduates who have specialized in Health Policy and Management (HPM) have gone on to pursue roles that include:

  • Healthcare administrator
  • Social services director
  • Systems analyst
  • Development officer
  • Financial analyst

HPM Program Overview

Epidemiology Career Paths

Our MPH graduates who have specialized in Epidemiology have gone on to pursue roles that include:

  • Research scientist
  • Data scientist
  • Clinical research coordinator/manager
  • Clinical trial manager
  • Clinical data analyst
  • Research associate
  • Epidemiologist

Epidemiology Program Overview

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Top Employment Sectors for MPH Grads9

  • Federal health agencies
  • Colleges/universities
  • Health departments
  • Corporate settings
  • Research facilities

Popular Cities for MPH Graduates10

  • New York
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Atlanta

Learn more about our specializations.

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2. Retrieved on August 19, 2020 from payscale.com/research/US/Degree=Master_of_PublicHealth(MPH)/Salary
3. Retrieved on August 19, 2020 from bls.gov/careeroutlook/2018/data-on-display/education-pays.htm
4. Retrieved on August 19, 2020 from payscale.com/research/US/Job=Epidemiologist/Salary
5. Retrieved on August 19, 2020 from payscale.com/research/US/Job=Medical_Writer/Salary
6. Retrieved on August 19, 2020 from onlinemastersinpublichealth.com/public-health-jobs/
7. Retrieved on August 19, 2020 from onlinemastersinpublichealth.com/public-health-jobs/
8. Retrieved on August 19, 2020 from payscale.com/research/US/Job=Chief_MedicalOfficer(CMO)/Salary
9. Retrieved on November 7, 2018, from mphprogramslist.com/10-coolest-job-settings-for-masters-in-public-health-grads/
10. Retrieved on November 7, 2018, from payscale.com/research/US/Degree=Master_of_PublicHealth(MPH)/Salary#by_Skill