Job prospects with a master's degree in public Health (MPH)Watch
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Careers in Public Health
In public health the focus is on populations and communities rather than individual patients. There are a number of career options in research, public or government services or voluntary organisations and non-governmental organisations. Starting from a common core, students may develop into roles ranging from public health analysts, health services researchers, communicable disease control consultants, environmental epidemiologists, health policy advisors or directors of public health.
Public health is a multidisciplinary speciality with entrants from a range of professional backgrounds including clinical (medicine, dentistry, nursing, professions allied to medicine) and non-clinical (a good first degree in a subject relevant to public health, usually a health science or environmental degree). An MPH can be a valuable asset to developing a career as a public health specialist either in the UK or abroad. The career trajectory after an MPH will depend partly on experience gained before starting the MPH or immediately after.
- The Faculty of Public Health
- Public Health Consultant - An MPH is usually done before, or during, the early part of specialist public health training
An MPH will address many, but not all aspects of the syllabus for the Part A MFPH exam, which is taken early in the specialist training period. With increased competition for public health training, many successful non-medical applicants apply after completed an MPH and securing three years relevant experience.
Opportunities - UK
- Research – apply for PhD funding. There is an extensive peer group of PhD researchers at Imperial within the Epidemiology and Public Health division
- Service – apply for public health analyst or posts in the health service or with local government. There are many resources of information:
- NHS jobs
- Guardian Jobs - Public Health
- Health Service Journal (HSJ)
- The Association of Public Health Observatories
- Local Government jobs
- Voluntary, Private or NGO sector – apply to a range of organisations who need public health skills including pharmaceutical companies and charities, such as Oxfam.
Opportunities - International
Students can make enquiries about specialist training schemes in individual countries. Opportunities also exist for:
- Research – apply for PhD funding – there is an extensive international research underway at Imperial and opportunities for PhD funding could be explored for interested students
- Service – apply for public health analyst or posts in health or government councils
- Voluntary, Private or NGO sector – apply to a range of organisations who may need public health skills.
Taken from: http://www1.imperial.ac.uk/publichea...ealth/careers/
"Our public health masters graduates go on to work in very diverse areas, although many find work in a health or public health setting. Of particular note is that a significant percentage go on to undertake further doctoral/PhD study or to work in research or academic settings, which we feel reflects the quality of our research-led teaching in preparing and inspiring students.
Recent graduates from public health course are now working in the UK, in information analyst roles, in senior public health management positions, in health promotion activities, researching in universities, and as public health specialist in the local authority and in the NHS. Internationally, students have found excellent opportunities in governments, health departments, universities, hospitals, as well as non-governmental organisations, undertaking leadership roles, public health programme interventions and evaluations, research, and policy-making."
Taken from: http://www.shef.ac.uk/scharr/prospec...ts/masters/mph
"Employability following successful completion of the Masters in Public Health at the University of Nottingham is high.
From the 11/12 destination of leavers survey all of the survey respondents had secured employment or were in further study. Over the past five years most of our graduates have gone on to work in health services (NHS), local or national government (City council, county councils, Public Health England, Center for disease control and Prevention, Department of Health), while some international graduates work for non-governmental organisations (e.g. Christian Aid, International Medical Corp, World Health Organisation, World Wildlife Fund), for their Ministry of Health, in private organisations (Pharma companies) or in a range of academic careers (University of Nottingham, Leicester, Malawi).
A number of students have continued their studies and undertaken PhDs. Depending on their entry qualification into the programme positions that our graduates had obtained included: epidemiologist, lecturer, researcher, health improvement principal, regional alcohol programme manager, programme impact advisor community health and HIV, Environmental health officer."
Taken from: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/...ealth-mph.aspx