Healthcare jobs in general are projected to add more than 2 million jobs to the economy over the next seven years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median annual wage in 2017 for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations was $64,770.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of a Willamette education, our public health graduates will be well prepared to serve as advocates and leaders among the next generation of public health practitioners. Here’s a look at some careers related to public health, according to

Additional Nonprofit Organizations

  • Grant Writer
  • Development Director
  • Program Officer
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Director of a Professional Association

Chronic Disease and Cancer

  • Health Educator
  • Health Promotion Program Coordinator
  • Medical Epidemiologist/Chronic Disease
  • Public Health Dentist
  • Tobacco Quitline Advisor
  • Behavioral Scientist
  • Study Coordinator

Disaster Preparedness and Response

  • Emergency Preparedness Specialist
  • Environmental Health Emergency Response Specialist
  • Disaster Preparedness Researcher
  • Bioterrorism Researcher


  • Health Teacher
  • Continuing Education Coordinator
  • Professor, School of Public Health
  • Dean, School of Public Health

Environmental Health and Water Safety

  • Toxicologist
  • Poisoning Prevention Coordinator
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Hazardous Waste Inspector
  • Hydrologist
  • Environmental Health Nurse
  • Community Activist
  • Health Physicist

Evaluation, Safety, and Quality

  • Program Evaluator
  • Quality Improvement Specialist
  • Outcomes Researcher
  • Informatics Specialist
  • Patient Safety Specialist
  • Health Facility Surveyor

Food Safety and Nutrition

  • Nutrition Consultant
  • Food Service Sanitarian
  • Food Inspector/Department of Agriculture
  • Consumer Safety Officer/FDA
  • Food Scientist

Global Health

  • Physician/Global Health
  • Technical Advisor/Logistics
  • Procurement Manager
  • International Programs Manager
  • NGO Founder/Director
  • Entomologist

Health Communication

  • Journalist
  • Communications Director
  • Social Marketer
  • Medical Writer

Health Disparities, Vulnerable Groups, and At-Risk Populations

  • Director, Officer of Minority Health
  • Patient Navigator
  • Correctional Medicine Physician
  • Disease Prevention Activist
  • President and CEO, Area Agency on Aging

Infectious Disease

  • Epidemiologist
  • Medical Officer
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Public Health Veterinarian
  • Public Health Advisor
  • Vaccine Researcher
  • Disease Ecologist
  • Infection Preventionist

Maternal and Child Health

  • Deputy Director/Family Health Services
  • Home Visit Nurse
  • Community Health Worker
  • WIC Nutritionist

Occupational Health and Safety

  • Occupational Medicine Physician
  • Employee Health Nurse
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Corporate Medical Director

Off the Beaten Path

  • Dance Instructor
  • Urban Planner
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Chef
  • Worksite Wellness Manager
  • Medical Expert/Media

Pharmaceuticals and Drug Safety

  • Pharmacist
  • Medical Officer/Drug Evaluation and Safety
  • Biostatistician
  • Director, State Board of Pharmacy
  • Regulatory Affairs Specialist

Public Health Administration and Leadership

  • Health Commissioner
  • Public Health Laboratory Director
  • Medical Director
  • Federal Agency Director
  • Surgeon General of the United States

Public Health Law, Regulations, and Policies

  • Advocacy Director
  • Policy Analyst
  • Health Legislative Assistant
  • Health Economist
  • Public Health Lawyer
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Public Health Lobbyist

Public Mental Health

  • Mental Health Researcher
  • Public Health Social Worker
  • Coordinator, Behavioral Health Program
  • Homeless Services Educator

Public Safety

  • Injury Prevention Specialist
  • Director of Emergency Medical Services
  • Specialist in Poison Information
  • Forensic Pathologist
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