Harvard's Office of Career Services

Public Health

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What is public health?

Public health addresses health concerns of communities at risk for disease and injury. The three primary tasks of public health are: (from: American Society of public Health)

Career opportunities in public health are diverse, and include such fields as: Health Services Administration, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Education/Behavioral Science, Environmental Health, International Health, Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition, Public Health Practice/Program Management.

Applying To Graduate Programs in Public Health

Degrees in public health include: In general, the MPH, MHA, and DrPH degrees are oriented toward practice in public health settings, such as health departments, managed care organizations, community-based programs, hospitals, international agencies, state and federal agencies, etc. The MSPH and PhD programs are oriented toward careers in academics and research.

General Harvard resources in public health

General resources include:

Harvard Resources Specifically For Public Health and Health Policy

Resources specific to Public Health and Health Policy include:

Print Publications on Public Health

The following publication are available in the OCS Library, Health Career Shelves, F & G:

Public Health-Oriented Web Sites

Public Health Opportunities

For students interested in volunteering during the academic year, many of these programs have minimum requirements for the number of hours per week and the number of months of commitment. The sites below are only a small sample of opportunities.