What can I do with a degree in public health?
Questions about careers in public health are addressed in a newsletter series offered by the American Public Health Association (APHA) entitled Careers in Public Health. Topics covered include Job Searching, Salaries and More, Networking and Social Media, So, How'd You Get Your Job?, Public Health Leaders, More Than a Resume, and Advice for Undergrads.
Where can I find employment opportunities in public health?
OPHS forwards job announcements to students and interested alumni via the Listerv.
To assist your job search efforts, links to local, national and international public health career resources—including state and federal government agencies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and community health centers—are provided below.
- City and County of Hawai‘i, Honolulu, Kaua‘i, Maui
- Kōkua Kalihi Valley (KKV) Comprehensive Family Services
- State of Hawai‘i Department of Health
- Work at UH
NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL
- American Public Health Association (APHA) CareerMart
- Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) Job House
- Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) Job Bank
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Career Training Fellowships
- National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) Career Network
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Jobs@NIH
- Public Health Employment Connection (developed by the Rollins School of Public Health)
- PublicHealthJobs.net (a service of the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH))
- United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
- USAJOBS (the Federal Government’s official source for federal jobs and employment information)
--Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
--Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
--Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
--Indian Health Service (IHS)
--Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- World Bank
Who can assist me with my job search?
For graduate students, your OPHS faculty advisor and program committee members are available to discuss career options and future-planning. In addition, OPHS faculty members are often asked to provide letters of recommendation, which they view as part of their professional responsibility. You should be sure to select a faculty member who is knowledgeable about you, your work and your area(s) of interest and contact him or her in person or by e-mail to ask if he or she can provide a recommendation letter. For their benefit and yours, please allow faculty a minimum of two weeks or more to write the letters. Recommendation letter requests should provide the following information:
- Your complete name, degree program, speclalization area and contact information (i.e., mailing address, phone number and e-mail address).
- The due date for the letter of recommendation.
- To whom the letter should be addressed (name, title, organization and address).
- The position for which you are applying and a brief position description.
- A list of classes you have taken with this faculty member, including course title, semester and final grade.
- List other work you may have completed with this professor or reminders on any specific details about you.
For undergraduate and graduate students, the UH Mānoa Career Center assists students with career life planning through workshops, career fairs, and career counseling. The Mānoa Career Center also offers a credential file service for letters of recommendation solicited by the student or alumnus from faculty and others who can provide a professional evaluation of your performance potential.
Our Undergraduate Advisor is also available to public health majors as a career guiding resource. Discussions of options in public health careers also take place in undergraduate course work (PH 201, PH 480, and PH 489). In addition, public health students at all levels are encouraged to attend our annual Public Health Career Night (aka Alumni-Student Mixer), which is offered each spring semester in collaboration with our student organization (Hui Ola Pono) and alumni association (UHSPHAA-UH School of Public Health Alumni Association).