The Anatomy of a MPH Public Health Degree

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PrintFACT: More than 50% of the US’s fastest-growing jobs are in the general field of public health with a MPH Degree!

But just as importantly, by working in public health you will have the opportunity to help people improve their lives. Public health work does this by improving community health via education, promoting a healthy lifestyle, and doing research on disease and injury prevention.

As a public health worker, you will have a big effect on improving life quality for needy people in the following ways:

  • Boosting life expectancy

  • Cutting infant and child death rates

  • Reducing the risk of communicable diseases

As the graphic indicates, public health efforts have led to major health achievements and increases in life expectancy in the last century. Some of the most important public health accomplishments in the 20th century included vaccinating children, improving vehicle safety, creating safer workplaces and putting fluoride in water.

But the work of public health professionals is far from over. You can have a big role in many public health efforts in the 21st century, such as:

  • Boosting public knowledge about the effects of toxic waste and pollution

  • Improving health promotion and disease prevention

  • Helping to eliminate STDs, HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria

  • Develop more population-based prevention programs

By getting your MPH degree, you can definitely help to change the world for the better, and enjoy an exciting and rewarding career.

The Anatomy of a MPH Public Health Degree

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