Departmental Career Resources

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The Gillings School has resources and programs designed to help you gain more insight on the many ways to use your public health degree.

Below you will find information about the many career paths available for each department.

Each department’s section features a career profile, salary information, a list of possible jobs, job resources and a link to Careerolina, UNC-Chapel Hill’s career database.

In addition, included below is a list of recent practicum sites for each department and post-graduation statistics for recent alumni of the Gillings School. This information is not a comprehensive list of all the resources available to Gillings School students, but rather should serve as a springboard for career research.

Career advising for students is available in 263 Rosenau Hall or at University Career Services on the second floor of Hanes Hall. Schedule an appointment or visit us during office hours.


Biostatistics | Environmental Sciences and Engineering | Health Policy and ManagementNutrition | Epidemiology | Health Behavior | Maternal and Child Health | Public Health Leadership Program | Additional Information


Biostatistics

Career Profile

Biostatistics involves the development and application of statistical science to human health and disease. Biostatisticians analyze data to determine the cause of illness and injury, identify health trends in communities, analyze risk factors, plan interventions, or evaluate statistical data for clinical trials. For example, you might estimate the number of deaths from gun violence, or analyze trends in cancer incidence.

Possible Jobs

Biostatistician
Research Statistician
Analysis Programmer
Statistical SAS Programmer
Health Informatics Specialist
Statistical Writer

Selected Salary Information

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the range for Statistician salaries as $44,900 to $130,630.

[Information from the May 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics Survey]

Visit the Gillings School Job Search Tools webpage for more salary information.

BIOS 842 Practice in Statistical Consulting – Sample of Project Agencies

To obtain an MPH or DrPH in Biostatistics, a student must enroll in BIOS 842 Practice in Statistical Consulting.

View a sample of agencies that recent students have interacted with in BIOS 842.

After Graduation

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health collects post graduate data at graduation and at 3 and 6 months following graduation.  Data are publicly reported after twelve months.

View 2014-2015 Post-Graduation Data

Careerolina

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is pleased to partner with University Career Services to help students connect with employers for job, fellowship, and internship opportunities. Careerolina will allow you to search opportunities, upload and post job search documents, view a calendar and register for career-related events, and communicate your employment interests with UCS.

Also, visit the Careerolina Public Health Widget which contains opportunities targeted to students in public health disciplines.


Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Career Profile

Environmental Sciences and Engineering encompasses a broad array of factors that can influence human health and environmental quality. Such areas include but are not limited to studying and managing the quality of air, water, and soil, as well as noise control, hazardous waste management, and vector control. Knowledge about the interaction between humans and the environment can lead to solutions for environmental problems through means such as policy change. For example, you may examine how environmental factors contribute to asthma, cancer, or other diseases, or advocate for policy changes to improve water quality.

Possible Jobs

Environmental Biologist
Research Entomologist
Air Quality Engineer
Research Scientist
Water Lab Supervisor
Consumer Health Director

Selected Salary Information

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the range for Environmental Scientist salaries as $40,350 to $118,070.

[Information from the May 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics Survey]

Visit the Gillings School Job Search Tools webpage for more salary information.

After Graduation

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health collects post graduate data at graduation and at 3 and 6 months following graduation. Data are publicly reported after twelve months.

View 2014-2015 Post-Graduation Data

Careerolina

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is pleased to partner with University Career Services to help students connect with employers for job, fellowship, and internship opportunities. Careerolina will allow you to search opportunities, upload and post job search documents, view a calendar and register for career-related events, and communicate your employment interests with UCS.

Also, visit the Careerolina Public Health Widget which contains opportunities targeted to students in public health disciplines.


Health Policy and Management

Career Profile

Health Policy and Management involves the study of health care systems, including organization, quality, and demand, clinical and financial management, health care reform, health law, and policy analysis. For example, you may direct hospital services, analyze utilization patterns of healthcare, create policies for health insurance companies, or analyze the impact of Medicaid changes on quality of care.

Possible Jobs

Health Officer
Public Health Advisor
Project Specialist
Vice President for Strategic Development
Health Policy Analyst
Research Associate
Operations Administrator

Selected Salary Information

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the range for Emergency Management Director salaries as $34,000 to $127,180.

[Information from the May 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics Survey]

Visit the Gillings School Job Search Tools webpage for more salary information.

Practicum Sites

View the 2016 Health Policy and Management Practicum Sites (includes BSPH, MSPH, and MPH sites).
 
View the Gillings School Practicum Process.

After Graduation

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health collects post graduate data at graduation and at 3 and 6 months following graduation. Data are publicly reported after twelve months.

View 2014-2015 Post-Graduation Data

Careerolina

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is pleased to partner with University Career Services to help students connect with employers for job, fellowship, and internship opportunities. Careerolina will allow you to search opportunities, upload and post job search documents, view a calendar and register for career-related events, and communicate your employment interests with UCS.

Also, visit the Careerolina Public Health Widget which contains opportunities targeted to students in public health disciplines.


Nutrition

Career Profile

Public health nutrition applies the physiological, biochemical, and behavioral aspects of nutrition to the health of human populations. For example, you may advocate for nutrition-related policy changes, manage nutrition services for a school system, conduct research for a food manufacturer or hospital researcher, or work to decrease nutrient deficiencies in high risk populations.

Possible Jobs

Nutritionist
Consultant
Worksite Wellness Specialist
Policy Assistant
Clinical/Registered Dietitian
Program Coordinator
Research Associate

Selected Salary Information

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the range for Nutritionist and Dietitian salaries as $35,240 to $80,950.

[Information from the May 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics Survey]

Visit the Gillings School Job Search Tools webpage for more salary information.

Practicum Sites

The BSPH Nutrition program requires that all students participate in faculty research projects (3 credits/semester). These projects are in general area of nutritional biochemistry and metabolism, nutritional epidemiology, and nutrition intervention. Most projects take place locally, but some students have worked in other areas of North Carolina, around the US, and even abroad. For more information about this project, contact Dr. Mirek Styblo, Director of Undergraduate Studies.

View Nutrition’s MPH RD Practicum Sites.
 
View the Gillings School Practicum Process.

After Graduation

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health collects post graduate data at graduation and at 3 and 6 months following graduation. Data are publicly reported after twelve months.

View 2014-2015 Post-Graduation Data

Careerolina

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is pleased to partner with University Career Services to help students connect with employers for job, fellowship, and internship opportunities. Careerolina will allow you to search opportunities, upload and post job search documents, view a calendar and register for career-related events, and communicate your employment interests with UCS.

Also, visit the Careerolina Public Health Widget which contains opportunities targeted to students in public health disciplines.


Epidemiology

Career Profile

Epidemiology is often considered the “basic science” of public health. One of the benefits of a career in epidemiology is that you can take it in so many different directions and apply it to a wide range of problems.

Some epidemiologists work in the field investigating outbreaks of disease, seeking to determine the cause and trying to control its spread. Other epidemiologists design and implement studies to understand patterns of disease in society, such as the disproportionate prevalence of diabetes or cancer in a particular segment of the population. Epidemiologists often employ knowledge and tools from other fields ranging from sociology, psychology, and statistics to cellular and molecular biology.

Possible Jobs

Public Health Epidemiologist
Senior Epidemiologist
Occupational Epidemiologist
Program Director (of academic or medical research center)
Risk Analyst

Selected Salary Information

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the range for Epidemiologist salaries as $46,130 to $114,550.

[Information from the May 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics Survey]

Visit the Gillings School Job Search Tools webpage for more salary information.

After Graduation

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health collects post graduate data at graduation and at 3 and 6 months following graduation. Data are publicly reported after twelve months.

View 2014-2015 Post-Graduation Data

Careerolina

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is pleased to partner with University Career Services to help students connect with employers for job, fellowship, and internship opportunities. Careerolina will allow you to search opportunities, upload and post job search documents, view a calendar and register for career-related events, and communicate your employment interests with UCS.

Also, visit the Careerolina Public Health Widget which contains opportunities targeted to students in public health disciplines.


Health Behavior

Career Profile

This public health concentration prepares individuals for leadership positions in health education planning, management and evaluation. Health Behavior students study a wide range of models and methods for developing, implementing, and monitoring behavioral and social change interventions to improve the health of individuals, groups and entire communities. For example, you may develop an intervention to slow the spread of HIV/AIDS, promote seatbelt use, or design health communications to reach individuals at risk for colon cancer.

Possible Jobs

Mental Health Research Scientist
Program Coordinator/Manager Education
Consultant Health Educator
Outreach Coordinator
Research Evaluator
Coalition Coordinator
Public Health Advisor

Selected Salary Information

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the range for Health Educator salaries as $30,250 to $92,950.

[Information from the May 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics Survey]

Visit the Gillings School Job Search Tools webpage for more salary information.

After Graduation

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health collects post graduate data at graduation and at 3 and 6 months following graduation. Data are publicly reported after twelve months.

View 2014-2015 Post-Graduation Data

Careerolina

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is pleased to partner with University Career Services to help students connect with employers for job, fellowship, and internship opportunities. Careerolina will allow you to search opportunities, upload and post job search documents, view a calendar and register for career-related events, and communicate your employment interests with UCS.

Also, visit the Careerolina Public Health Widget which contains opportunities targeted to students in public health disciplines.


Maternal and Child Health

Career Profile

This public health field focuses on improving the health of women, children, and families in domestic and international settings through research, program planning, training, and policy development. In preparing the next generation of MCH leaders, major emphasis is placed on population-based solutions to complex health problems that are multi-factorial in origin. For example, you may collect and use data to improve programs and decision making in family planning, nutrition, and HIV/AIDS in Central and South America, Africa, and Asia. Or, reach clinicians, community members, and policy makers with resources that help pregnant and parenting smokers quit.

Possible Jobs

Project Director
Clinical/Medical Director
Program Planner/Evaluator
Health Scientist Consultant
Research Associate
Public Health Prevention Specialist
Developmental Services Coordinator

Selected Salary Information

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the range for Social Scientist salaries as $45,390 to $118,080.

[Information from the May 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics Survey]

Visit the Gillings School Job Search Tools webpage for more salary information.

After Graduation

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health collects post graduate data at graduation and at 3 and 6 months following graduation. Data are publicly reported after twelve months.

View 2014-2015 Post-Graduation Data

Careerolina

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is pleased to partner with University Career Services to help students connect with employers for job, fellowship, and internship opportunities. Careerolina will allow you to search opportunities, upload and post job search documents, view a calendar and register for career-related events, and communicate your employment interests with UCS.

Also, visit the Careerolina Public Health Widget which contains opportunities targeted to students in public health disciplines.


Public Health Leadership Program

Career Profile

This area of public health focuses on the population level of health care, and seeks to build knowledge and skills related to leadership, assessment, policy development and assurance for current health care practitioners. Careers are available in a variety of public health leadership positions.

Possible Jobs

Safety & Health Specialist
Process Integration Manager
Public Health Nurse
Clinical Trials Coordinator
Environmental Health Coordinator
Director for Public Health
Public Health Educator
Bioterrorism Preparedness Specialist

Selected Salary Information

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the range for Health Services Manager salaries as $56,230 to $165,380.

[Information from the May 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics Survey]

Visit the Gillings School Job Search Tools webpage for more salary information.

After Graduation

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health collects post graduate data at graduation and at 3 and 6 months following graduation. Data are publicly reported after twelve months.

View 2014-2015 Post-Graduation Data

Careerolina

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is pleased to partner with University Career Services to help students connect with employers for job, fellowship, and internship opportunities. Careerolina will allow you to search opportunities, upload and post job search documents, view a calendar and register for career-related events, and communicate your employment interests with UCS.

Also, visit the Careerolina Public Health Widget which contains opportunities targeted to students in public health disciplines.


Additional Information

The Global Practicum 101 webpage through Gillings Global Gateway is now live. It includes information and tips on how to find a global practicum.

The following websites provide additional information about careers in the field of public health. For assistance with finding employment in public health, please visit Career Services.

American Public Health Association
Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health
What is Public Health?
Versatile PhD
UniWorld
Going Global