Future for Public Health Professionals – Emerging Public Health Jobs

By Sriya Krishnamoorthy, PhD, MBA, MPH, MSEd

The health care industry is huge. In the United States, 17.5 percent of our Gross Domestic Product goes toward health spending. How much is that? We spend about $3 trillion or roughly $9,500 per person, every year, on health care. That’s a lot of money.

Because the health industry is so large and intricate, it is expected to be a stable career field. Health professionals are individuals who work to prevent, manage, and cure illness for individuals, communities, and populations. The list of public health professionals includes everyone from physicians to dentists, psychologists to nutritionists, nurses to midwives. Public health professionals focus on disease prevention and health promotion. The CDC Foundation defines public health as, “the science of protecting and improving the health of families and communities through promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention, and detection and control of infectious diseases.”*

The health of our nation is largely supported by public health professionals who are critical players in education, monitoring, and policy development. Public health workers are doctors, medical directors, lawyers, engineers, administrators, environmentalists, professors, and the list goes on and on. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, three public health jobs that are expected to grow through 2024 are Health educators, Epidemiologists and Occupational Health and Safety Specialists.†

Whether you want a successful career working directly with patients or behind the scenes in a health care facility, Kaplan University’s School of Health Sciences has a program to fit your career goals. We offer a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates in some of today’s most in-demand health care specialties including health education, health information management, health informatics, health care administration, and medical billing/coding.

Kaplan University’s hands-on, real-world approach to learning is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge to help you stand out in a competitive job market. You’ll be taught and mentored by industry-experienced faculty members dedicated to your success. Kaplan University’s convenient online learning platform accommodates the busy schedules of working adults, like you. Students must feel encouraged that, regardless of their interest in health, law, or research, every field can be tailored to focus on the health and well-being of our families, our communities, and our world.


*CDC Foundation. “What is public health?” Accessed April 14, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.cdcfoundation.org/content/what-public-health.

†U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, “Health Educators and Community Health Workers,” http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm; “Epidemiologists,” http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/epidemiologists.htm; and “Occupational Health and Safety Specialists,” http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/occupational-health-and-safety-specialists.htm (Visited April 13, 2016). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

About the author:
Sriya Krishnamoorthy is a faculty member at Kaplan University. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not represent the view of Kaplan University.