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Where Do MPACH Degrees Lead?

Career opportunities in MPACH are widespread. Students graduate to manage local and regional health departments, lead government agencies or manage hospitals, clinics and other health care organizations. Our graduates also work as health economists, planners and managers in the largest sector of the U.S. economy. Here is a sampling of some of the different career paths you might choose with an MPACH degree.

Administration/Management

Rapid changes in both the private and public sectors of health care and related industries mean more opportunities for qualified professionals to manage complex institutions, organizations, and health services delivery programs. Whether your background is in science or business, there are dynamic career opportunities for public health graduates in all sectors of the health care industry.

Job Trends:

  • Employment opportunities in nontraditional healthcare settings outpace demand in traditional settings
  • Greater emphasis is being placed on cost-containment, requiring innovative leaders in finance and economics
  • Exporting public health technologies to developing nations will expand well into the future

Policy

Health policy examines the complexity and dynamics of our public health system and its impact on the health of individuals and communities.

Job Trends:

  • Emerging scientific technology and associated medical, legal, economic and social issues continue to create demand for well-educated policymakers
  • As corporations face rising health costs, the need for decision makers with problem-solving skills grows in the private sector
  • Policy planners in the public sector are in demand to protect the health rights of the homeless, under-insured, elderly or disabled

Community Practice

Community practice offers career opportunities to those striving for mobility or a leadership position in health care programs. A graduate degree in public health will equip you with the knowledge and leadership experiences needed for community practice.

Job Trends:

  • Demand is increasing for community-based research, program planning and evaluation to show improvements in communities and where opportunities for improvement lie
  • Evidence-based programs are needed to empower communities to address health disparities and to advocate for changes at the policy level

Jump Start Your Career

MPACH student Alex Stack wrote a handy primer for getting started in your job or fellowship search.