Are you trying to determine where you fit within public health? The following tables arrange some of the questions you may ask yourself as you think about a path in public health. They are grouped by what issues interest you, what tasks interest you, and what skills interest you. These suggestions are neither exhaustive nor absolute.
What Issues Do You Want to Study?
|Issues||School of Public Health Department|
||Behavioral & Community Health Sciences|
||Environmental & Occupational Health|
||Health Policy & Management|
||Infectious Diseases & Microbiology|
What Tasks Interest You?
|Tasks||School of Public Health Departments|
|Political action (local/state/federal governments, lobbying)|
|Evaluate health promotion and disease prevention programs|
|Leadership in community groups (non-profit agencies or
|Develop health promotion and disease prevention programs|
|Apply quantitative skills or programming to an area of
What Skills Do You Want to Acquire?
|Skills||School of Public Health Departments|
|Cost-benefit and cost effectiveness analyses|
|Geographic Information Systems|
|Management of clinical trials|
|Management of laboratories|