Using Your Degree



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Using Your Degree

Your career options are endless with a public health degree from St. Kate’s. You can become a public health educator and teach classes on health nutrition and AIDS to families or crop rotation methods to farmers.

You can find rewarding work in health advocacy, policy or research for universities, nonprofit organizations or private companies. Positions in public health include:

  • Epidemiologist
  • Food safety inspector
  • Medical doctor
  • Nutritionist
  • Nurse
  • Occupational therapist
  • Public health administrator

Employment for public health educators is expected to increase 18 percent by 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is mainly due to the rising cost of healthcare and the need for more public health educators, who can raise awareness about making simple lifestyle choices to prevent illnesses like lung cancer, diabetes, HIV and skin cancer.

Real-life advantage

Employers report that new public health professionals with experience through volunteering or internships, like those offered at St. Kate’s, hold an advantage in the job market.

Graduate School

Your degree from St. Kate’s will open doors for advanced-level work in public health and other related health fields. St. Kate’s alumna Tatenda Mupfudze is pursuing a Ph.D. in nutrition, focused on mothers and children, at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore.