Exploring a Major in Public Health for Veterans

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs related to healthcare will be the fastest growing in the next few years, adding a predicted 5 million jobs between 2012 and 2022. Many of these jobs will be in the field of public health, which includes researchers, health educators, social workers, and public policy administrators.

Military Times reports that undergraduate degrees in public health have been growing steadily at many universities across the country, but even with the growth the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health estimates there will be a shortage of 250,000 public health workers by 2020. This is partly due to increase in demand, and also due to many current public health workers set to retire in the next few years.

Students who major in public health gain an understanding of biostatistics, social and behavior science, epidemiology, health policy, and environmental health. Some students continue on to get a Master’s degree in public health, but it is not always required. It is an interdisciplinary field with many different types of jobs available.

Based on records from the Department of Education, in 2014, 9,692 people graduated with an undergraduate degree in public health. The average early career salary is $41,400 and the average mid-career salary is $77,200. (Salaries are estimates put together with data from Payscale.)

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The Best Schools for Veterans Studying Public Health

Public Health can be a great field for veterans who have an interested in science and health and a passion to help others.

Use this widget to discover some of the best schools for veterans and active-duty military to pursue an undergraduate degree in public health. These schools were ranked by the overall quality of their public health program, as well as the support the school offers to veterans. We include “non-traditional” schools in these rankings, as many veterans do seek out distance learning and online options in addition to the typical on-campus experience.

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