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What is public health?

Public health is a people-oriented, service profession within the health field, focused on educating and making contributions to the overall health and well-being of people and society. Professionals are focused on prevention, rather than treatment, of disease through research, promotion, policy-making, publications, and education. Public health has become a rapidly growing field, as government agencies, clinics, and hospitals see the need for prevention of disease, as treatment of preventable diseases has become a great expense to society. Some important issues that concern public health professionals include substance abuse, safety, HIV/STDs, nutrition, high blood pressure, smoking, pregnancy, diabetes, cancer research, and obesity.

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health program at William Paterson University is housed in the College of Science and Health. Aside from the required 34 credits of core courses, public health majors must take 7-8 co-requisites from other science disciplines and 17 credits of major-specific GE requirements. Classes within the major include, but are not limited to Health Education: Theory and Practice, Community Health Program Planning, Human Disease, Nutrition, and Environmental Health. Students may choose to select a concentration in Nutrition or Gerontology. There is a 12 credit full-time internship during students' senior year.

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Interests and Skills

  • Enjoy working with people
  • Understanding of, and interest in, health issues and social service
  • Good oral communication skills
  • Research skills
  • Leadership skills in group settings
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to analyze effectiveness of programs and courses
  • Ability to be an advocate for community and individual needs


Work Environment

People working within the field of public health have a number of options in terms of work environment. Public health professionals may choose to work in public health departments, hospitals, community non-profit agencies, schools, health maintenance organizations, private companies, and government organizations. Some job titles may require further education beyond a bachelor's degree.


Possible Job Titles

Administrative Coordinator
Assistant Health Educator Coordinator/Manager Program Resource Coordinator
Project Coordinator
Project Coordinator/Manager
Center Manager
Clinical Education Dept Manager
Coalition Coordinator
Community Educator
Community Health Outreach Worker
Community Health Program Specialist Telephone Information Specialist
Community Organizer
Community Partnership Coordinator
Community Relations Specialist
Health Promotion Program Coordinator
Training and Support Activities Coordinator Wellness Coordinator
Development Specialist
Director of Health Education
Health Information Specialist
Hotline Project Coordinator
Healthy Start Coordinator
Health Promotion Manager
Occupational Health & Safety Officer
Patient Education Coordinator
Prevention Director


Prevention Program Director
Program Assistant
Health Professor
Cancer Control Specialist
Public Support Coordinator
Public Health Director
Research Health Scientist
Social Services Coordinator
Sponsored Programs Coordinator
Student Affairs Officer
Quality Assurance Trainer
Training Coordinator
Volunteer Development Manager
Wellness Consultant
Workshop Instructor
Health and Safety Specialist
Health Planner
Health Policy Researcher
Internship Coordinator
Management Consultant
Director of Volunteers
Grant Administrator
Peer Advocate
Health Inspector
Pharmaceutical Sales Rep
Field Interviewer

WPU Alumni

Community Resource Coordinator Village Care of NY

Coordinator, Staff Kessler Rehabilitation

Family Service Specialist DYFS

Family Service Specialist Hackensack University Medical Center

Health Educator Chilton Memorial Hospital

Program Specialist, Gerontology Chilton Memorial Hospital

Sanitary Inspector Bergen County Health Department

Substance Abuse Counselor Essex Substance Abuse Treatment

Assistant Director, Senior Center Community Development

Health Educator Planned Parenthood

Program Coordinator American Lung Association of NJ

Community Relations Director American Cancer Society

Intake Coordinator Pediatric Services of America

Administrator, International Marketing The Hertz Corporatoin

Enhance Your Qualifications

Successful students tend to seek out opportunities to enhance their qualifications through a variety of means. Within public health, some suggestions may include joining or becoming a leader in health career-related campus organizations; reading health journals; gaining practical experience through an internship/practicum/job shadowing; joining a professional organization; volunteering at a non-profit organization; looking into the possibility of graduate school; and attending networking functions.


Related Web Sites

Public Health Information

American Public Health Association

U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services

Community Health Charities

National Commission for Health Education Credentialing

Society for Public Health Education

Occupational Outlook

Industry Information

Job Search and Salary information

Occupation Information


 Other Sources of Information

Please drop by the Career Development and Advisement Center to learn more about careers in public health. The career library carries career-specific books and counselors are available to answer any further questions you may have. Visiting the Public Health Department on campus may also prove valuable in addressing questions.