Public Health Degree

Public health professionals work behind the scenes to promote a healthy environment and prevent people from getting sick or hurt. This is sometimes achieved by encouraging healthy behaviors or by investigating patterns that could cause disease or injuries. For instance, a public health professional may work to create job safety protocols or develop a nutrition program for schools.

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UTSA’s Public Health Program

UTSA’s Public Health degree is for those who are interested in gaining knowledge and skills in a variety of health-related areas like biostatistics, environmental science, epidemiology, health policy, health communication and health behavior. The degree program is designed to prepare you for jobs in local, state and national government health agencies, private and non-profit health organizations. Starting in Fall 2022, the Public Health degree program will include two concentrations: (1) Health Services and (2) Health Promotion.

Careers in Public Health

Top job titles for Public Health graduates include:

  • Health Educator/Health Education Specialist
  • Social Science Researcher
  • Epidemiologist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Program Manager
  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Social and Community Service Managers

Public Health and its related career pathways are currently in average demand in San Antonio in the 2018-2019 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Boston, MA, Baltimore, MD and Washington D.C. More than 144,000 Public health-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Please note that there are additional admission requirements that need to be met in order to be admitted into this major. View all of UTSA’s specific admission requirements here.

Industries for Public Health Graduates

Public Health is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of public health-related positions over 2018-19 included:

  • Individual and Family Services
  • Government
  • Scientific Research
  • General Hospitals
  • Insurance Carriers
  • Physicians’ Offices
  • Higher Education

Salaries for Public Health Graduates

The salary range for open public health-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $37,160
median $56,007
top 10% $99,355

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Public Health Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as a Public Health graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Public Health may be a good fit for you if:

  • You enjoy communicating ideas
  • You enjoy learning
  • You enjoy working with others
  • You are a good planner
  • You are well organized
  • You like to think deep on theories

Student Life

UTSA’s Public Health degree is for those who are interested in gaining knowledge and skills in a variety of health-related careers. One of the best ways to understand the discipline is to become involved in student organizations or other venues. Students studying public health may consider becoming involved in:

  • Public Health Society
  • Global Brigades – Public Health
  • Health Honors Society
  • Womxn In Medicine
  • Black Health Professions Organization
  • HOSA: Future Health Professionals
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta (National Pre-Health Honor Society)
  • Interprofessional Health Society at UTSA
  • Student Health Action Committee