4 Reasons to Earn a Master’s Degree in Public Health

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Do you enjoy health science? Do you have a desire to work with people? If you answered yes to these questions, then a Master of Public Health may be right for you! Public health professionals work in the healthcare field to help prevent the spreading of disease, promote healthy habits, work with individuals who have contracted communicable diseases and contain epidemics that may be a threat to the community.

The role of public health professionals is essential, because their work protects the vulnerability of human health. Here are a few reasons to consider pursuing a master’s degree in public health:

High Demand

Individuals who are willing to go out and prevent infectious diseases from spreading to the public are highly sought after in the healthcare field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

Varied Environments

If you are looking for a career that will allow you to engage in a variety of different environments, then a degree in public health may be perfect for you. From offices to neighborhoods in need of treatment, public health professionals work in different fields of the workforce to help promote health and contain infected communities. A master’s degree in public health can ensure that you will always be engaged in something interesting.

Community Impact

With a master’s degree in public health, you can work at a nonprofit organization or even in a government position. In these positions, public health workers help create policies and health laws, and are trained to deal with global outbreaks that can easily occur in a community. Without public health workers, communities would be ridden with disease and could be threatened with illness-related deaths.

Job Satisfaction

Many public health workers and nurses experience high job satisfaction, as working to save lives and teaching others healthy habits can be very rewarding. Public health professionals work with others to help them develop healthy lifestyles. In changing just one life, you are one step closer to positively impacting a community. By earning a Master of Public Health, you can forever change the lives of many people, and you will be highly respected and sought after in today’s expanding healthcare field!

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Written by Kellianne Holland, a freshman earning an early childhood education degree at GCU.


  • “Health Educators and Community Health Workers.” Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm#tab-1

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