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Building a Career in Public Health

Public Health reaches across a wide range of disciplines, enterprises, research areas, philanthropies, technologies and communication modes–in other words, perfect for a broad range of PhDs with deep specialization to consider as a stable and meaningful career choice. Moreover, it should come as no surprise to anyone reading this that demand for public health professionals is skyrocketing in the US, and in many countries around the world, as Covid-19 has exposed vast weaknesses in our health care systems, economies and societies.  
Public health imperatives reach far beyond the current crisis, as indeed they preceded it.  The current state is summed up in a New England Journal of Medicine article in 2015 on the The Future of Public Health“noting that “the involvement of many parts of society, including government agencies, health organizations, nongovernmental organizations, clinicians, the private sector, and communities, is increasingly important for success.”
The use of public health assessment, policy development, and assurance activities provides some further insights on the public health field (see figure below).
Our SmartJobs selection this week includes a wide range of possibilities, including communications, data science, clinical research, technical writing, policy advocacy, field work and other roles across the private and public sectors. 
Below are a few examples; there are hundreds more on our SmartJobs page.
Health Consultants, CAMRIS International

Health Policy Research, RAND Corporation

Senior Manager, Social Media Research, Sabin Vaccine Institute

Senior Researcher, Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of SF

Director, Research and Investigations, Physicians for Human Rights


Public Health Informatician, MITRE

Director, Research Compliance, Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Covid-19 Surveys, Fund for Public Health NYC

Technical Writer, Public Health Research, PSI

Research Clinician, Heluna Health

Medical Director, Health Technology Assessment, ICER

If there are areas of work you would like us to explore in more depth, please contact at 

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For access to more jobs as well as archived and searchable opportunities, visit our SmartJobs page. Note: SmartJobs access requires a university affiliation. User-generated jobs are open to all members and can be accessed here.