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What Areas Exist Within Public Health, Where to Start, And Where Do You Fit In?

by Maura Boughter-Dornfeld, MPH

While the need for public health practice has been great for quite some time, the COVID-19 pandemic propelled the general population’s understanding and awareness of the field substantially.

Public Health Degree Career Options and Salaries

by Katherine Paul, MPH

Entering the public health field isn’t as clear-cut as entering other fields where there’s a set career path or anticipated track to follow after completing a graduate degree.

Master of Public Health Career Options and Opportunities

by Katherine Paul, MPH

In this article, we explore common career options, paths, and opportunities available to graduates of an MPH program.

Public Health Salaries: What Can You Earn with an MPH?

by Katherine Paul, MPH

In this article, we illuminate public health job salaries so that your expectations when starting a job search are aligned with potential compensation and job availability. 

Attributes For Success As A Public Health Professional

by Maura Boughter-Dornfeld, MPH

We aim to outline some key skillsets that would be beneficial to individuals within all avenues of public health and will ideally support sustaining one’s role within the field.

Introduction to Public Health Certifications

by Katherine Paul, MPH

In this brief article, we explore whether pursuing a public health certification is a worthwhile endeavor for recent graduates and professionals.

Is the CHES Exam Worth It?

by Melisa Gebizlioglu, MPH

In this article, we provide you with a walkthrough of the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam and share insights to help you determine if this is the right certification for you.

Should You Take the CPH Exam?

by Katherine Paul, MPH

In this article, we review all aspects of the CPH exam: the purpose of the exam, whether taking the CPH might be worth your time and the benefits of taking it, how to prepare for the exam once you’ve decided to take it, and potential career advantages of having the CPH certification. 

What Does a Public Health Biostatistician Do?

by Melisa Gebizlioglu, MPH

In this article, we provide you with an introduction to biostatistics: everything from its history in public, to job duties, variations in professional settings, and career advice.

The Role of a Research Assistant in Public Health

by Wandia Mureithi, MPH

In this article, we explore the typical responsibilities of research assistants in public health, other people they commonly collaborate with, challenges they may face, and advice for those considering pursuing a public health research assistant position.

Health Educators: Improving the Health and Wellness of Communities

by Kerra Henkin, MPH, ML

In this article, we explore the role of health educators by examining responsibilities, variations in work settings and specializations, opportunities to collaborate with other public health professionals, and challenges and rewards for the role. Finally, we will end with advice for anyone considering a career in the field.

Community Health Workers: Empowering Communities for Better Health Outcomes

by Wandia Mureithi, MPH

In this article, we explore the world of community health workers by outlining their common responsibilities, the variations in their roles across different work settings and specializations, and the challenges they face daily. Finally, we’ll advise those considering a career in this rewarding and people-focused field.

Public Health Analysts: The Backbone of Public Health Data

by Kerra Henkin, MPH, ML

In this article, we explore the role of public health analysts by reviewing typical duties and responsibilities, essential skills, and educational pathways to becoming a public health analyst. Finally, we will end with training tips and advice for anyone considering a career in the field.

Demystifying the Public Health Fellowship

by Emma Warshaw

In this article, we demystify the fellowship, covering everything from what it is to some resources to find opportunities. 

Mastering the Registered Dietitian Exam: Preparation Tips and Career Advice for Aspiring RDs

by Jessica Weissman

In this article, we aim to provide a comprehensive guide for preparing for the registered dietician exam, insights into the dietician career path, educational requirements, exam preparation strategies, and tips for success.

Public Health Program Advice & Guides

Why Study Public Health?

by Katherine Paul, MPH

Public health is one of the fastest growing fields with excellent employment potential immediately after completing a master’s degree, but many people struggle to define the field1. Often, it’s determined by what it is not: someone working in public health is not a doctor, is not an EMT, and doesn’t see patients. So what do we mean by public health, and what does someone working in the field do? 

Is an MPH Worth It?

by Katherine Paul, MPH

In this article, we walk you through the questions you should ask yourself to determine whether a master's in public health is worth it based on your background, interests, and career objectives.

Unlocked: Finding Long-Term Career Opportunities with a Public Health Degree

by Katherine Paul, MPH

There are many reasons to pursue a public health degree for graduate school, not the least of which is the potential for a varied and interesting career. In this article, we explore the potential pathways.

Getting in and Graduating: Requirements for the Master’s in Public Health

by Wandia Mureithi, MPH

If you're interested in pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, you’ll need a thorough understanding of the requirements for getting admitted and graduating. In this article, we provide a guide to what you need to apply to and graduate from an accredited MPH program.

The Typical MPH Application Timeline

by Melisa Gebizlioglu, MPH

In this article, we provide you with an overview of the MPH application process and a timeline to aid in this application process.

Average GRE Scores for MPH Programs

by Melisa Gebizlioglu, MPH

In this article, we breakdown the average GRE scores required for MPH program admission.

What is CEPH Accreditation?

by Editorial Staff

In this article, we provide a comprehensive walkthrough of The Council for Education for Public Health (CEPH). This independent organization accredits public health schools and programs in the United States.

Understanding MPH Program Rankings

by Kerra Henkin, MPH, ML

In this article, we aim to provide you with context about these rankings and insights to help you during your search for a public health degree program.

The Best MPH Program For You: A Guide for your Evaluation and Selection Process

by Editorial Staff

Many incredible MPH programs are available to students looking to enter the public health field. In this article, we detail guidance intended to help you choose the best program for you.

Exploring MPH Programs that Don't Require a GRE

by Melisa Gebizlioglu, MPH

Over the past ten years, the number of academic institutions that require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) has been a swift decline. In this article, we walk you through the considerations of bypassing the GRE when applying to MPH programs.

Online MPH Programs: Benefits, Job Opportunities, and Costs

by Katherine Paul, MPH

In this article, we help guide your higher education decision-making process and focus on an online master of public health programs.

One Year MPH Programs: An Accelerated Master of Public Health Graduate Degree

by Maura Boughter-Dornfeld, MPH

In this article, we hope to provide a paradigm to help navigate this decision and go deeper into what makes an accelerated, one year MPH appealing.

Master of Public Health Courses and Curriculum

by Wandia Mureithi, MPH

In this article, we review what you can expect in a public health curriculum and conclude with a few recommendations for course selection.

Master of Public Health Specializations: What are they and how should you navigate the decision?

by Maura Boughter-Dornfeld, MPH

In this article, we detail the various specialization options that exist for MPH students.

Master's in Public Health in Nutrition Programs: A Comprehensive Guide

by Katherine Paul, MPH

In this article, we will share ideas and information on how to research and determine the right public health nutrition program based on your learning style, preferences for format (that is, online or in-person), and professional goals.

MSPH or MPH: Which is the right degree for you?

by Maura Boughter-Dornfeld, MPH

In this article, we explore the difference between an MSPH and an MPH to help you assess which degree might be more appropriate for your needs and next steps.

Navigating the Best Dual MD/MPH Programs: A Personalized Approach

by Kerra Henkin, MPH, ML

In this article, we provide information, outline questions to consider, and profile some of the top MD MPH dual degree programs in the United States.

Navigating the Best Dual MBA/MPH Programs for Your Career Goals

by Kerra Henkin, MPH, ML

In this article, we provide information, outline questions to consider, and profile some of the top MBA MPH dual degree programs in the United States.

Dual Power: How to Evaluate and Select the Best MSW-MPH Program for Your Future

by Kerra Henkin, MPH, ML

In this article, we aim to provide you with information, guiding questions to consider, and profiles of ten MSW MPH dual degree programs in the United States.

MPH Scholarships: A Guide for Public Health Students

by Editorial Staff

In this article, we explain need-based compared to merit aid, various graduate assistantship programs available to MPH students, and tips for applying for scholarships, and provide a list of MPH scholarships students may consider and other considerations in paying for an MPH program. 

Exploring Virginia’s MPH Landscape: A Guide for Prospective Students

by Julia Sturtz

In this article, we provide you with knowledge about the reasons for pursuing an MPH in Virginia, methods for deciphering which program to choose (including online or traditional options), delineation of significant programs in Virginia, insights into the admissions and application process, and career outlooks after graduating from a Virginia MPH program.

Navigating the Best MPH Programs in California: A Personalized Approach

by Kerra Henkin, MPH, ML

In this article, we provide you with information, guiding questions to consider, and profiles of top public health programs in California.

The Best Public Health Certificate Program for You: How to Navigate the Options for the Right Outcome

by Katherine Paul, MPH

In this comprehensive guide, we aim to provide valuable perspectives and insights to help you navigate the process of selecting an ideal public health certificate program. We’ll conclude with an overview of ten certificate programs.

Undergrad's Guide to Public Health Degrees: Navigating Career Paths

by Katherine Paul, MPH

In this article, we aim to provide an introduction to undergraduate public health degrees, discuss the pros and cons of pursuing a public health major, explore typical job and career paths, and offer tips on evaluating public health degree programs.

Editorial Integrity and our Promise to You

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Fact-checked, sourced and researched

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Regularly updated and revised

Meet our Editorial Team and Contributors

Katherine Paul

Katherine Paul, MPH

Editorial Lead

Katherine Paul, MPH is a senior project manager at a leading medical communications and publications organization. She supports multidisciplinary teams handling large-scale accounts, the deliverables of which improve health outcomes and patient well-being. Ms. Paul holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Health Promotion from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health and passed the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) shortly after graduation.

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Wandia Mureithi, MPH

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Wandia Mureithi, MPH is a public health project manager working in research and evaluation. Wandia received her Master’s in Public Health from Drexel University in 2022. Since beginning her career in 2018, she has been engaged in research projects and program evaluations related to sexual health, human trafficking prevention, tobacco prevention, opioid misuse treatment, and diabetes prevention. 

Articles by Wandia

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Maura Boughter-Dornfeld, MPH

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Maura Boughter-Dornfeld, MPH, is a burgeoning health policy professional currently conducting research as a project manager of health policy and behavioral economics for one of the top universities in Philadelphia. Maura received her Masters of Public Health from Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health in 2020, concentrating in Health Management & Policy (with a specific focus on Health Policy).

Articles by Maura
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Melisa Gebizlioglu, MPH

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Melisa Gebizlioglu, MPH, is an experienced project manager at a nationally ranked Accountable Care Organization. Her current work focuses on seamless integration of electronic health records (EHR) to enhance care quality for patients. She has previously worked in health systems in the Greater Philadelphia area on numerous quality improvement and population health initiatives. She received her Master of Public Health degree from Drexel University.

Articles by Melisa
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Kerra Henkin, MPH, ML

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Kerra Henkin, MPH, ML, is a program manager at one of the largest academic medical centers in the country. In her current role, she aligns and expands programming with needs identified in the federally mandated community health needs assessment, and deploys organizational resources to support community health improvement. Ms. Henkin holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master in Law (ML) from the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences from Ithaca College.

Articles by Kerra
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Julia Sturtz

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Julia Sturtz is a graduate student currently pursuing her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in epidemiology with a certificate in health policy and practice at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. At Columbia, she engages deeply in the community by serving as a peer advocate in the Sexual Violence Response program, a teaching assistant for multiple courses, a leader in the Student Well-Being Collective for Mental Health Literacy, and a mentor to first-year students in her certificate program. Academically, she is currently working toward completion of her thesis which focuses on psychiatric-physical comorbidities amongst the children of 9/11 first responders. 

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Jessica Weissman

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Jessica Weissman is a Masters student at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. At Mailman she studies in the Sociomedical Sciences Department and is pursuing a certificate in Sexuality, Sexual and Reproductive Health. Jess is interested in reducing health disparities for sexual and gender minority populations. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Emma Warshaw, MPH

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Emma Warshaw, MPH, is a data analyst at a healthcare technology company.  She attended Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health for her graduate education, completing a dual specialty in Population and Family Health and Applied Biostatistics and Public Health Data Science.  In her current role, Emma is responsible for weekly and monthly deliverables that evaluate the effectiveness of pharmaceutical marketing campaigns. 

Articles by Emma

Public Health Resources and Introductory Guides

What is Population Health?

by Wandia Mureithi, MPH

In this article, we provide you with an introduction to population health. Additionally, you will learn how to take steps to pursue a career in population health.

What is the Role of Epidemiology in Public Health?

by Wandia Mureithi, MPH

In this article, you will learn about the role of epidemiology in public health, what an epidemiologist does, and how you can prepare for a career in public health epidemiology.

Introduction to Community Health Education

by Kerra Henkin, MPH, ML

In this article, we delve into the field of community health education by exploring key concepts, significance in public health, factors to take into account when considering a career in community health education, and advice.

Introduction to Environmental Health Science

by Julia Sturtz

In this article, we explore a field that intersects with public health as the study of environmental health science is applied at the population level, particularly with regard to environmental justice and environmental epidemiology.

Introduction to Health Policy and Management

by Kerra Henkin, MPH, ML

In this article, we cover the key concepts in health policy and management, the significance this field has in public health, and expert guidance for what to consider if you plan to pursue a career in health policy and management.

Public Health Education and Public Health Promotion: Where Do You Fit In?

by Katherine Paul, MPH

In this article, we outline the importance of public health education and promotion, career options for this area of public health, and the key skills required to work in these fields.

Introduction to Public Health Nutrition

by Julia Sturtz

In this article, we provide an introduction to the field of public health nutrition and how diet impacts health at a population level.

Public Health & Policy: Decision-Making Driven by Equitable Health

by Maura Boughter-Dornfeld, MPH

In this article, we aim to provide you with an overview of what you can expect in public health policy, and how this field has strengthened and shifted public health overall.

Introduction to Public Health Research

by Kerra Henkin, MPH, ML

In this article, we explore key concepts, the significance of research in public health, and various pathways to becoming a public health researcher.

An Introduction to the Role of Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health

by Jessica Weissman

In this article, we explore the role of social and behavioral sciences in understanding health disparities, promoting health equity, and improving population health outcomes, and introduce career insights for anyone interested in joining the rankings of social and behavioral scientists in public health.

What is Biostatistics?

by Wandia Mureithi, MPH

In this article, you’ll learn about the role of biostatistics in public health and how to pursue a career in biostatistics. 

Public Health Around the World: An In-Depth Exploration of Global Health

by Wandia Mureithi, MPH

In this article, we introduce you to global health by exploring key concepts, historical case studies, and insight into the future of global health. Additionally, it will outline the first steps of pursuing a career in global health.

What is Health Economics?

by Melisa Gebizlioglu, MPH

In this article, we explore the field of health economics and its imperative role in public health.

Health Promotion: Why Does It Matter?

by Katherine Paul, MPH

In this article, we explore health promotion, one of the most exciting ways public health differs from medicine: the focus on promoting health rather than only addressing illness or disease.

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