General Areas of Service: Employment possibilities are available in both public and private agencies as drug abuse
counselors, biostatisticians, communicable disease investigators, associate health administrators, health educators, and
sanitarians, depending on the area of emphasis.
Professional Training: Some specializations require advanced training. If the proper prerequisites are taken, students
with a master's degree in public health will be excellent candidates for dentistry, medicine, or the Doctor of Health
Science program. Emphasis in health services administration qualifies one to work as an assistant administrator in various
health institutions; emphasis in health education qualifies one to work as an associate health educator in a hospital, clinic,
or community organization; emphasis in environmental health qualifies one to sit for the sanitarian registry after
appropriate work experience; and an emphasis in biostatistics qualifies one to work in health departments, government
agencies and large corporations.
Denominational Opportunities: The demand for public health workers is increasing both in the U.S. and abroad,
especially in health education and administration.
Job Outlook: While employment growth in areas like biostatistics is expected to be slower than the average for all
occupations, employment growth in areas like health administration and nutrition and dietetics is expected to grow faster
than the average. For additional information on your specific area of interest, refer to the Occupational Outlook
Handbook at http://www.bls.gov/search/ooh.asp?ct=OOH.
Earnings: According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Statistics, median annual earnings for statisticians were
$58,620 in May 2004; median annual earnings of dieticians and nutritionists were $43,630; and median annual earnings
for medical and health services managers were $=67,430. For additional information on your specific area of interest,
refer to the Occupational Outlook Handbook at http://www.bls.gov/search/ooh.asp?ct=OOH.
Sources of Additional Information:
American Public Health Association
Loma Linda University
School of Public Health
Academic Adviser: Shirley Wilson-Anderson
Since the field of public health includes such a wide variety of career disciplines, the training opportunities offered by
public health schools present a striking array of distinctly different program tracks.
Students preparing to enter a graduate program in public health should realize that various career options require different
types of preparation. Thus, they should try to decide what area they want to focus in and take classes accordingly. While
no particular group of prerequisites is required for all program tracks, there are some basic courses that are fundamental to
all of the different areas. Therefore, the undergraduate should take courses in general statistics, epidemiology, public
health administration, environmental health, and behavioral science; this may allow the student to benefit from
advanced standing and/or course waivers for some graduate school requirements.
Undergraduate programs available at Loma Linda School of Public Health:
Biomedical Data Management – B.S. degree
Health Care Administration – B.S. degree
Health Geographies – B.S. degree
Wellness Management – B.S. degree
Graduate programs available at Loma Linda School of Public Health:
Environmental & Occupational Health – Masters in Public Health
Epidemiology – Doctorate in Public Health
Epidemiology and Biostatistics – Masters in Public Health
Global Health – Masters & Doctorate in Public Health
Health Administration – Masters in Public Health
Health Education – Doctorate in Public Health
Health Promotion and Education – Masters in Public Health
Maternal & Child Health – Masters in Public Health
Nutrition – Masters & Doctorate in Public Health
Preventive Care – Doctorate in Public Health
Public Health Practice – Masters in Public Health