Public health is a fast-growing subject and have wide range of scope that constantly needs new professionals. Wide variety of career positions are required within this industry that one can work in, depending on your interests and skills.

People holding Bachelor degree can get good positions in health care industry, NGO/INGO and in government services. But the best career in public health are for those who hold a master’s degree, or MPH along with a bachelor’s degree. The MPH degree program is more focused on practical application of public health issues within the working platform. It enables students to be leaders in their communities and work to increase social awareness and perform various duties in relation to public health, depending on their specialty.

Choosing a Specialty in Public Health

There are many areas of public health where we can work. There are several scopes depending upon what expertise you have. Jobs are typically divided up into a few separate categories that makes easier to further select the potential careers that you want. The emerging areas in public health careers are:

  • Education
  • Research
  • Public Policy
  • Administration and Management
  • Environmental Health
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Statistics and Biostatistics

 

If you have interest in any one of these areas or your skills are more honed toward one of them, it will be easy for you to find the perfect career within that area.

 

The Most In-Demand Jobs in Nepal

Public Health Officer

If you are interested to choose your career in government service then Public health officers might be the best job for you. Public health officer holds a post in district public health officer at district level and more focused on the health of communities, rather than individual patients. They are educators of the public on serious health risks and how to live in a healthy way. Public health officers typically work in:

  • Local and state government
  • NGO/INGO

Research Coordinator

A research coordinator typically works under the direction of a principal investigator. The RC will usually support, facilitate and coordinate activities and has an important role in all studies at the site. Essential duties include:

  • Coordinating with PI to ensure clinical trial activities are done according to federal regulations.
  • Help PI develop material and tools needed to train people working on the study.
  • Assist PI in assuring that all personnel in the project meet training requirements.

 

Epidemiologist

An epidemiologist looks into the causes of diseases and other public health issues to keep them from spreading or recurring. They then report the findings to public health officials and to the public.

These public health professionals usually work in:

  • Health departments
  • Offices
  • Universities
  • Laboratories

Biostatistician

A biostatistician uses mathematical techniques to analyze and interpret public health-related information and then draws conclusions from it. Some of what they do includes:

  • Determines public health problems to be addressed
  • Decides which data is needed to answer the problem
  • Determine the best methods for collecting the data
  • Come up with surveys and/or experiments to collect the data
  • Analyze and interpret the public health data

 

Nonprofit Coordinator

You will develop programs and oversee staff and volunteers for a public health cause. The budgets for many of these organizations is not high, so the employees typically have to perform many related functions. This can help you to learn new skills and to keep the job exciting.

 

Research Assistant

Research assistants typically needed in laboratories and analyze clinical trial and survey data. In a public health setting, you may work on research projects that are directly related to public health, such as water pollution or the spread of diseases.

 

Consultant

A healthcare consultant is a management analyst that is typically employed in healthcare. However, these professionals also can be employed in public health. A public healthcare consultant typically does the following:

  • Researches data related to an identified public health problem.
  • Collect the data and provide the information to the public health official.
  • Work with public health officials to come to an agreement on potential solutions.

 

Project Manager

A project manager in a public health facility is usually responsible for overseeing health services and facilities above all else. As a project manager, you might have projects that fall into either the clinical or health information section, depending upon which kind of public health organization you work in.

 

Director of Epidemiology

A director of epidemiology works on the causes of diseases and various public health problems to prevent them from recurring. A director in this field typically has several epidemiologists working under him or her.

As a director you will:

  • Direct the study of key public health issues to find a way to treat vulnerable populations.
  • Direct the collection and analysis of data
  • Have junior epidemiologists communicate findings to appropriate professionals in the government.