Public & Community Health

Mission: To prepare leaders for tomorrow's health care challenges
Vision: To become a nationally recognized, competitive program

Public & Community Health Profession  

Healthcare is the largest industry in the United States and the second largest employer. The Bachelor of Science in Public and Community Health at Murray State University is a dynamic major that is interdisciplinary in nature and provides options that allow students to prepare for various careers in public and community health organizations, such as hospitals, governmental agencies, non-profits, and worksite wellness programs. These programs prepare students to sit for professional certifications/licensures as well as for graduate studies in related fields. 

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KCTCS Degree Pathways

The links on this page are the advising plans for each of the Public and Community Health degree tracks. It is recommended to reach out to the program director to receive dual advising if you are interested in one of the Public and Community Health degree tracks. The courses in parentheses are the course equivalency through the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). 
 
These degree pathways are specific for those working toward an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree through KCTCS. If you are working toward an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, please work with the program director on an individualized transfer degree plan.

HCA Degree Pathway:

 The below tabs and file contain the degree pathway into the Public and Community Health degree, Healthcare Administration track. The courses in parentheses are the course equivalency through KCTCS. 
 
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First Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
ENG 105 (ENG 101 & 102) 4 COM 161 (COM 181) 3
BIO 101 (BIO 112 & 113) 4 MAT 140 (MAT 150) or higher 4
HEA 100T 1 Global Awareness 3
HEA 191 (KHP 230) 3 HEA 201 (AHS 140) 3
PSY 180 (PSY 110) 3 HUM 211 (HUM 120) 3
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 16

Second Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
BUS 215 (ENG 203) or COM 380 3 University Studies Quant Courses 3-5
CSC 101 (CIT 120) or 199 (CIT 105) 3 HEA 301 3
HEA 260 (PHI 110) or PHI 202 (PHI 130) 3 HEA 302 3
University Studies Course 3 HEA 303 3
Elective 3 CIV 201 or 202 (HIS 101 or 102) 3
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 15-17

Third Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
HEA 310, PSY 300 (STA 210), or STA 135 (STA 220) 3-4 HIA 301 (MIT 104) 3
HCA 405 3 HEA 311 3
HEA 356 3 HEA 411 3
NLS 351 3 HCA 410 3
Elective 3 HCA 415 3
TOTAL  15-16 TOTAL 15

Fourth Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
HIA 401 3 HEA 499 6
EXS 400, NTN 303, PSY 301, or SWK 303 3 HCA 395 (AHS 203) or COM 340 (COM 254) 3
HEA 475 3 HCA 450 3
HEA 490 1 Elective 3
Elective 3    
Elective 1    
TOTAL 14 TOTAL 15

HCA Degree Pathway PDF

HEA Degree Pathway:

The below tabs and file contain the degree pathway into the Public and Community Health degree, Health Education and Promotion track. The courses in parentheses are the course equivalency through KCTCS. 

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First Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
ENG 105(ENG 101 & 102) 4 COM 161 (COM 181) 3
BIO 101 (BIO 112 & 113) or higher 4 MAT 140 (MAT 150) or higher 4
HEA 100T 1 Global Awareness 3
HEA 191 (KHP 230) 3 HEA 201 (AHS 140) 3
PSY 180 (PSY 110) 3 HUM 211 (HUM 120) 3
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 16

Second Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
CSC 101 (CIT 120) or 199 (CIT 105) 3 University Studies Quant Course 3-5
HEA 260 (PHI 110) or PHI 202 (PHI 130) 3 HEA 301 3
NTN 230 (NFS 101) 3 HEA 302 3
HEA 350 3 HEA 303 3
University Studies 3 CIV 201 or 202 (HIS 101 or 102) 3
TOTAL  15 TOTAL 15-17

Third Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
HEA 310, PSY 300 (STA 210), or STA 135 (STA 220) 3-4 HIA 301 (MIT 104) 3
HEA 304 3 HEA 311 3
HEA 356 3 HEA 411 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
TOTAL 15-16 TOTAL  15

Fourth Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
HIA 401 3 HEA 499 6
EXS 400, NTN 303, PSY 301, or SWK 303 3 HEA 460 3
HEA 470 3 HCA 450 3
HEA 475 3 Elective 3
HEA 490 1    
Elective 1    
TOTAL 14 TOTAL 15

HEA Degree Pathway PDF

HIA Degree Pathway:

The below tabs and file contain the degree pathway into the Public and Community Health degree, Health Informatics Administration track. The courses in parentheses are the course equivalency through KCTCS. 

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First Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
ENG 105 (ENG 101 & 102) 4 COM 161 (COM 181) 3
BIO 101 (BIO 112 & 113) or higher 4 MAT 140 (MAT 150) or higher 4
HEA 100T 1 Global Awareness 3
HEA 191 (KHP 230) 3 HEA 201 (AHS 140) 3
CSC 101 (CIT 120) 3 HUM 211 (HUM 120) 3
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 16

Second Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
BIO 120 (AHS 115 or CLA 131) 1 University Studies Quant Course 3-5
CSC 145, 232 (CIT 148), or 235 3 HEA 301 3
HEA 310 or STA 135 (STA 220) or PSY 300 (STA 210) 4 HEA 303 3
PSY 180 (PSY 110) 3 HIA 301 (MIT 140) 3
    BIO 220 (AHS 115 or CLA 131) 1
TOTAL  14 TOTAL 16-18

Third Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
HCA 405 3 HEA 311 3
TSM 351 3 HEA 411 3
CIV 201 or 202 (HIS 101 or 102) 3 HIA 402 (MIT 205) 3
HIA 303 (MIT 204) 3 HCA 410 3
University Studies 3 HCA 415 3
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 15

Fourth Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
EXS 400, NTN 303, PSY 301, or SWK 303 3 HEA 499 6
CIS 317 3 HIA 410 3
HCA 450 3 HIA 302 3
HIA 401 3 Elective 3
HEA 490 1    
Elective 1    
TOTAL 14 TOTAL 15

HIA Degree Pathway PDF

KCTCS MIT Degree Pathway:

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First Year @ KCTCS

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
MIT 103 -  Medical Office Terminology (or AHS 115 or CLA 131) 3 ACC 201 - Financial Accounting I (or ACT 101) 3
ENG 101 - Writing I 3 BIO 135 - Basic Anatomy and Physiology with Lab 4
OST 110 - Document Formatting and Word Processing 3 MIT 104 - Medical Insurance 3
CIT 105 - Introduction to Computers (or OST 105) 3 MIT 217 - Medical Office Procedures 3
PSY 110 - General Psychology 3 PHI 110 - Medical Ethics (or PHI 130) 3
TOTAL 15 TOTAL  16

Second Year @ KCTCS

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
CIT 130 - Productivity Software (or OST 240) 3 MIT 295 - Medical Information Technology Capstone 3
MIT 204 - Medical Coding 3 MIT 205 - Advanced Medical Coding 3
MIT 224 - Medical Practice Management 3 MIT 228 - Electronic Medical Records 3
MAT 150 - College Algebra 3 COM 181 - Oral Communications 3
MIT 230 - Medical Information Management 3 OST 210 - Advanced Word Processing Applications 3
OST 235 - Business Communications Technology 3    
TOTAL 18 TOTAL 15

Third Year @ Murray State

Fall Semester Credits Summer Semester @ KCTCS Credits  Spring Semester Credits
HEA 191 - Personal Health 3 ENG 102 - Writing II 3 HEA 301 - Chronic and Communicable Diseases 3
HEA 201 - Introduction to Public and Community Health 3 Murray State Global Awareness requirement (check with advisor) 3 HEA 302 - Consumer Health 3
HEA 310 - Biostatistics 3     HEA 303 - Health Behavior 3
HCA 395 - Cultural Diversity for Health Care Organizations 3     HEA 311 - Epidemiology 3
HCA 450 - Human Resource Management in Health Care 3     HCA 410/HIA 310 - Healthcare Planning 3
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 6 TOTAL 12

Fourth Year @ Murray State

Fall Semester Credits Summer Semester @ KCTCS Credits Fall Semester Credits
HEA 356 - Health Promotion Programming 3 Heritage 3 HEA 448 - Health Policy 3
HEA 490 - Senior Seminar 1 Social/Behavioral Science 3 HEA 475 - Health Assessment and Evaluation 3
HCA/HIA 415 - Financial Aspects of Health Service Organizations 3     HEA 499 - Professional Experience in Public and Community Health 3
HIA 401 - Healthcare Quality Management 3     NLS 351 - Leadership, Governance, and Board Development 3
SWK 303 - Principles and Methods of Research 3        
TOTAL  13 TOTAL 6 TOTAL 12

 KCTCS MIT Degree Pathway.

Faculty

Dr. Angela Geraci
Dr. Angela Geraci, PhD, MPH, CHES
Public and Community Health
ageraci@murraystate.edu
270.809.5745
Fax: 270.809.3815
about Angela

Hello, I am Dr. Angela Geraci. I am an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Health Sciences. As an individual, I believe those seeking a degree in the public health field need to garner an altruistic nature to help individuals, communities, and the broader areas (state, policy, global) in order to create change. I seek to create change by educating students in “real world” application and possible research projects. I also hold certification as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). I identify as a qualitative/mixed methods researcher. 

Education:

  • PhD. in Human Development, with an emphasis in Applied Gerontology, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • Master of Public Health (MPH), emphasis in Mental Health Promotion, National University, San Diego, CA
  • B.A. in Speech-language and Hearing Sciences, minor in Women’s Studies, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

Research Interests:

I have a passion regarding the public health field and the multidisciplinary aspect of it. Therefore, my research interests are broad as I have worked with both undergraduate and graduate students regarding topics spanning from caregivers’ perceptions of childhood obesity to nutrition and gastro-intestinal disorders, and depression, to program evaluation about self-care and stress among military personnel. 

The majority of my own personal research involves obesity and/or bariatric surgery and psychosocial issues, as well as investigating assisted living facilities in the state of California. However, as aforementioned, I am open to working with others on topics regarding their passion, as I also identify as a life-long learner.

 
Dr. Azaher A. Molla
Dr. Azaher A. Molla, MD, PhD, MPH, MSc
Public and Community Health
amolla@murraystate.edu
270.809.4698
Fax: 270.809.3815
For more, please see my CV
about Azaher

Hello, I am an Assistant Professor of Public and Community Health in the Department of Applied Health Sciences.

Courses Taught at Murray State:

  • HIA 401: Healthcare Quality Management
  • HCA 415: Healthcare Financial Management
  • HCA 410: Healthcare Strategic Planning

Education:

  • The Oregon State University, PHD. (Public Health, concentration Health Policy)
  • The University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, MSc (Health Economics)
  • The Tulane University, Certificate (Tropical Epidemiology)
  • The University of Dhaka, PGDHE (Post Graduate Diploma in Health Economics)
  • The Mahidol University, MPH (Master of Primary Health Care Management)
  • The Zaporozhye State Medical University, Ukraine, MD (Doctor of Medicine)

Previous Teaching and Research:

  • Oregon State University, Research Analyst
  • University of Dhaka, Assistant and Associate Professor
  • Government of Bangladesh, Medical Research Officer

Professional Conference:

I have attended at professional conferences including Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), Sept 27, 2016, International Health Economics Association (iHEA) July 7-11, 2017, and American Public Health Association (A.P.H.A) Atlanta, GA, Nov. 4-11, 2017.

Journal Publications:

I have Published 12 articles in peer-reviewed journals with Impact factors 8.05 and 28 citations including 3 in high index journals.

Research Interest:

As a specialist in public health policy and health economics, I am interested in healthcare financial analysis for the county, community, and states. I firmly believe there is a way to manage health systems finance that would lessen the burden of out-of-pocket expenditure.

 
Dr. Miranda Terry
Dr. Miranda Terry, PhD
Program Director
Public and Community Health
mterry4@murraystate.edu
270.809.3839
Fax: 270.809.3815
about Miranda
 Hello, I am Dr. Miranda Sue Terry. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Health Sciences and am the Public and Community Health Program Director. As a public and community health professional, I believe in being highly connected and involved in the community. This allows me to be an agent of change to create a better, safer, and healthier community for all.    

 Education:

• PhD in Community Health, Specialization in Disability Studies, minor in Gender and Women's Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
• M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
• B.A. in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
 

Research Interests:

My research interests are diverse spanning Disability Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies, and include accessibility, the intersections of abuse, disability, and health, parental rights of people with disabilities, and policy research. My overall research objective is to improve the rights and lives of people with disabilities.
 

Health & Wellness Community Outreach Lab

Welcome to the Health and Wellness Community Outreach Lab in the
Department of Applied Health Sciences at Murray State University.

The Health and Wellness Community Outreach Lab is coordinated by Dr.
Miranda Terry. The mission of the lab is to improve the health and
quality of life on campus and in the local community and PADD region.

The goals of the Health and Wellness Community Outreach Lab are to
collaborate with campus, community, and regional partners to:
(a) plan, implement, evaluate community health events;
(b) address food insecurity,
(c) identify and eliminate barriers to health and health care,
(d) increase quality of life and optimize well-being, and
(e) to understand the cultural context in which people live in order
to promote healthy, inclusive communities across various social
groups.

Community Collaborations

Murray-Calloway County Need Line 

Research / Project Collaborations

Graves County Health Department -- "Barriers to Preventative Healthcare Screenings"

Wellness Consortium Obesity Workgroup Community Challenges

Student Health Educators Association 

Student Health Educators Association (SHEA)

SHEA recruitment flyer

Kimberly Whitaker

Kimberly Whitaker, SHEA President, from Owensboro, KY

Advice for prospective students:

Make friends with people in your major! They will be so much help throughout the next few years. There will be something you don't understand that you need someone to explain to you, or you'll get sick and need to copy someone's notes, there will be group projects and you'll need people to partner with, or you'll forget about a test and someone will remind you. Making friends or at least being well acquainted with them will be extremely helpful.

Favorite thing about Murray State University:

The community. People are very friendly and helpful here and that is what drew me to this University in the first place.

Why I selected a major in PCH:

I have always been interested in healthcare and PCH was a perfect fit for me because it covers so many different healthcare related things. This major allows me to learn a little bit about everything where as some other majors focus on one specific area in healthcare. This major also offers you so many different opportunities for jobs after graduation. 

Matthew Allen

Matthew Allen, SHEA Vice-President, from Tompkinsville, KY.

About me:

My name is Matthew Allen. I am a student in the Public and Community Health program with a concentration in Healthcare Administration. I also have a minor in psychology.

Advice for Prospective Students:

My advice to prospective students is to do what makes them happy.

Favorite thing about Murray State:

My favorite thing about Murray State University is the professors. Within my experience, the faculty want you to succeed regardless if they are your advisor. A lot of people ask the question, "Why do you like your program?" My answer stays the same. The PCH program is a very hands-on program, which allows you to explore all aspects of healthcare.

Chelsey Delaney

Chelsey Delaney, SHEA secretary, from Murray, KY.

About me:

My name is Chelsey. I am a PCH major with a minor in psychology. I love coffee and watching Netflix.

Favorite thing about Murray State:

My favorite part about Murray State University is how fun and integrated campus is. There's always something to do on campus and always something going on.

Advice for Prospective Students:

Some advice I'd give to prospective students would be to get a planner and write everything down because you're going to have plenty of activities and projects to keep up with that you don't want to forget about any of them because they all apply to something you'll be doing in whatever career you decide to do with your degree.

Health & Wellness Peer Education Program

Mission: To train student leaders to empower and engage the campus community through outreach and advocacy to health make Murray State University a healthier and safer environment for all students.

Abigail Cox
Abigail Cox, Peer Education Co-Adviser, Training Coordinator
 
Miranda Terry
Dr. Miranda Terry, Peer Education Co-Adviser, Faculty Director
 
Matthew Allen
Matthew Allen, Peer Education Student Coordinator
 
Upcoming Events
Great American Smokeout

Details about the Great American Smokeout can be found on the university events calendar: https://www. murraystate.edu/calendar/ index.php?eID=5208 or on the Great American Smokeout Flyer.

Event: Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 9am-3pm in the Curris Center Dance Lounge.
 
About event: This event will provide health education about statistics related to tobacco use in Kentucky and the consequences of tobacco use as well as provide health promotion for those individuals who wish to quit their tobacco use by providing Quit Kits, information about tobacco cessation classes in Calloway County, and other useful resources to assist them in reaching their goal.
 
 Past Events

Safe Spring Break event, March 13-17, 2017 from 11am - 2pm at the Curris Center

Peer Educator Information Sheet

Become a Peer Educator Flyer

Health & Wellness Peer Educator Application

Health & Wellness Recommendation Form

Student Awards & Recognitions

Kimberly Whitaker

Pictured: Kimberly Whitaker

Public and Community Health would like to honor Kimberly Whitaker with the "Outstanding Student in Public and Community Health"  award. She was also named "Major of the Year" by SHAPE.

Major of the Year award

Miranda Terry and Matthew Allen

Pictured: Dr. Miranda Terry (left) presents Matthew Allen (right) the October 2016 Department of Applied Health Sciences Outstanding Student in Philanthropy award.

Matthew Allen was recognized as the Outstanding Student in Philanthropy by the Department of Applied Health Sciences in October 2016. He is heavily involved in campus. He was co-founder of and serves as Vice President of Student Health Educators Association (SHEA), serves as the Student Coordinator of the Health and Wellness Peer Education program, serves as a Residential College Adviser at Hester, and assists the Women's Center and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Offices on campus with their programming.

In addition to these campus activities, he also organized a Pet Drive (think food drive but for pet supplies) for the Humane Society of Calloway County during the Fall 2015 semester and volunteers for several community agencies, for example, he assisted with the balloon pop game at "National Day of Play" Celebration on October 1st.

According to his advisor and SHEA faculty advisor, Dr. Miranda Terry, “Matt goes above and beyond the regular workload of a college student. He likes to do community health programming, which has made him think about pursing a graduate degree in Student Affairs. He does all of this while maintaining a very high (almost 4.0) GPA while he pursues an undergraduate degree in Public and Community Health and a minor in Psychology.”

Alumni Highlights

L.R. CUBS presentation

Lindsey Robertson, August 2016 graduate, presenting her internship project "Think Sharp" to Calloway United Benevolent Services (CUBS) on August 31, 2016.

A Moment with Alumna Lindsey Robertson, August 2016 graduate...

 How did you select your major? What was your favorite thing about your major? Why should prospective students consider public and community health?

 Public Health was brand new to Murray State when I joined. There were actually only 2 other students in the program at the time. I had gone to Career Services because I was not satisfied in my previous major and did not know where to turn. They asked what my interests were and said that I sounded like the perfect match for Public Health. I reviewed the course list and spoke with the head of the department who told me everything that I can do with this degree. It was exactly what I was looking for in the first place. I knew then that Public Health was the only program for me.

My favorite part about this major are the variety of classes in the curriculum. We gain skills in nutrition, diseases, program planning, and communication. I love that you become friends with others in the program, because you end up in many of the same classes. I love our organization, SHEA, and the fact that we plan to be a powerful voice in the community in the not so distant future.

Others should consider this major because Public Health is a growing field with endless possibilities. Every professor is highly motivated to help you become successful. This major is perfect for a person who is interested in the preventative end of the medical field rather than the clinical. You will gain valuable skills and build lifelong friendships along the way.

The PCH program requires an internship. What was the best part of this experience? Discuss your internship project and what your ultimate hope is for it and ideal community impact.

I interned with the Executive team of Murray Calloway County Hospital. This was an amazing experience. I learned all about the administrative side of health care while rotating between the six executives each day over the course of an entire summer. I attended their meetings, helped plan events, experienced the day-to-day of many of the departments, and even got to present to them myself. My favorite part of this experience was building my internship project and all of the support I received while doing so. These people went far out of their way to make sure my project was successful. I was very pleased with the overall experience.

For my internship project, I built a program designed to provide safe needle disposal locations to the diabetic community of Murray-Calloway County. I got to present this project to the executive team, all of the hospital directors, and to groups such as ASAP and CUBS. The project is still on going. I hope that the impact for the community will be that less needles in our community will end up in the trash and ultimately landfills, but most importantly, out of the hands of those who would wish to abuse them.

What advice and recommendations would you like to give current and prospective students?

My advice to incoming, or even current students, would be to get as involved as you possibly can. There are so many opportunities on campus, and honestly I wish I had taken advantage of more of them. Take an on-campus job, join a club, study abroad, take summer internships, do anything you can to give yourself the advantage after graduation. You only get a short time on campus, so make the most of it!

What are your goals and ambitions for work and/ or graduate school?

I love program planning and health promotion, as well as community outreach. I hope that I can incorporate these interests into a future career. For the time being, I have an entry-level position for the hospital where I hope to improve my computer skills, gain knowledge about our healthcare system, and work towards a master’s degree

Public & Community Health Student Resources

The Public and Community Health program is offered at the main campus in Murray and the regional campuses in Henderson, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, and Paducah.

PCH Program Informational Fliers:

Suggested Curriculums:

Public and Community Health Minor:

Program Items:

Other Useful Links:

 What can I do with a Bachelor of Science in Public and Community Health?

Public and community health is one facet of the healthcare field, which is the largest industry in the country. The job outlook for each of the track areas according to the U.S. Department of Labor anticipates a faster than average job growth by 2024: Healthcare Administration and Managers by 17%; Health Educators
and Community Health Workers by 13%; and Medical Records and Health
Information Technicians by 15%.

The Bachelor of Science in Public and Community Health is a broad degree that provides you the opportunity to develop an understanding of current health issues and organizations, consumer health, environmental health, substance use and abuse, human sexuality, and evaluation and administration of health programs. This degree exposes students to a wide range of public and community health careers while providing the foundational courses required for professional post-graduate work, such as public health, health education, physical therapy, occupational therapy, environmental health and more! This diverse combination of courses positions graduates for great flexibility towards graduate employment opportunities. The degree also is a good base to entry to graduate entry masters courses in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Physiotherapy, and Pharmacy, as well as other postgraduate program. A Public and Community Health degree is a great base, which develops many skill
sets that are transferable and in demand from a wide range of employers. These include:

  •  Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  •  Outstanding research and information sourcing skills
  •  Strong critical thinking, judgment and decision making skills
  •  Understanding of the delivery of healthcare, medical services, primary care and community health services
  •  Understanding of business practices in public and community health (as all health care organizations are businesses!)
  •  Regulation, government, policy and funding
  •  Exceptional interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills
  •  Appreciation for diversity and a global understanding that can bridge cultural differences
  •  Ability to use appropriate technologies for research and administrative purposes.
  •  Strong team work skills with the ability to work collaboratively

Due to the flexible nature of the Bachelor of Science in Public and Community Health degree, it allows you to explore the many fields and special interest areas such as:

  • Epidemiology
  • Addiction studies
  • Working within indigenous contexts
  • Chronic diseases
  • Food processing
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Marketing/ public relations
  • Health promotion strategies and evaluation
  • Injury management
  • Psychology
  • Industrial relations
  • Management
  • Chemistry and Physics
  • Coordinator
  • Manager
  • Histology
  • Human Resources
  • Quality Control
  • Community Health
  • Long Term Healthcare
  • Public Health
  • And many other areas!

Who employs Public and Community Health graduates?

Many of the skill and knowledge sets mentioned above are required by all employers. This allows public and community health graduates to uniquely create their own career path and capitalize on their strengths, interests and unique qualities and to market themselves towards employment. Self-awareness is the key to understanding what type of opportunity you are most suited towards. Your preferred career future may change over time as your life roles change, develop new and enhance existing skill and knowledge sets and engage in lifelong learning such as professional development, networking and work shadowing activities. Depending on which area you have studied, this will equip you to enter graduate employment within a specialized area. To gain a stronger understanding of the types of roles, tasks, duties and responsibilities each of these positions require, start using online search engines to identify positions with these titles and analyze the job description. Often a similar role with one organization or company may have different titles. These are just some of the areas you may work in as a Public and Community Health graduate:

  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Project Officer
  • Member Liaison Officer
  • Community Development Officer
  • Community Education Coordinator
  • Health Lifestyles Coordinator
  • Health Promoter
  • Health Planning Coordinator
  • Indigenous Health Worker
  • Health and Wellbeing Coordinator
  • Health Advisor
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Disabilities Worker
  • Research Assistant
  • Policy Analyst
  • Policy Writer
  • Partnerships Manager
  • Elder Care Coordinator
  • Health Educator
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Community Nutrition Aid

        Networking with industry professionals and finding out about the pathways other public and community health graduates have taken will assist with you uncovering the wide variety of opportunities available to yourself. Working with a mentor, who is an experienced industry professional, may assist with uncovering these opportunities and expanding your occupational knowledge. Professional Associations are also an excellent way to find out more about the types of career pathways within specific health specializations. 

 

Where should I start looking for jobs?

Register with websites for specific job alerts. Consider both broad and narrow search terms that are related to your area of interest within public and community health. This will ensure that email alerts of appropriate jobs are sent directly to you. Networking is also a proven means of employment. Letting people know that you are seeking employment and that you are a competitive candidate will result in opportunities. Keep in mind that your first employment opportunity will be a stepping stone to your career. You will need experience and sometimes that means starting at entry level until you attain that experience – volunteering while you are a student in the program is another way to gain valuable experience. If there are particular jobs that you want, contact those places to interview them on what they are looking for in a qualified candidate. What companies are interested in Public and Community Health graduates? There are many different companies that hire Public and Community Health graduates. Some to considered are : 

  • State Government
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Insurance Companies
  • Department of Health
  • Disability Services Commissions
  • Department of Human Services
  • American Red Cross
  • Family Planning
  • Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
  • Prostate Cancer Foundation
  • Beyond Blue
  • Inspire Foundation
  • Starlight Foundation
  • Sports Facilities

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Internship and Career Opportunities

 Public Health Jobs  - publichealthjobs.com and publichealthjobs.org 

Allscripts - http://www.allscripts.com/en/company/careers1.html 

American Heart Association - http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/ 

Calloway County Health Department - http://www.callowayhealth.org/ 

Cerner (internships & recent grads) - http://www.cerner.com/About_Cerner/Careers/ 

EPIC - https://careers.epic.com/ 

Health Jobs (CHES preferred) - http://www.nchec.org 

HP Career Net - http://www.hpcareer.net 

Huron Consulting - https://www. huronconsultinggroup.com/

Internship and Job Location Directory – http://www.indeed.com 

Internship and Job Location Directory - http://www.idealist.org/ 

Internship Location Directory - http://www.internsearch.com/ 

Lourdes Hospital (Paducah) - http://elourdes.com/ 

Marshall County Health Department - http://www. marshallcohealthdepartment. com/

McKesson - http://www.mckesson.com/careers/careers/ 

Medical Fitness Association - http://www.medicalfitness.org 

Murray-Calloway County Hospital - http://www.murrayhospital.org 

Murray-Calloway County Hospital Center for Health and Wellness - 

http://www.murrayhospital.org/Service.aspx?PageID=212 

Navigant Consulting - http://www.navigant.com

Premier Health & Fitness Resources - http://phfr.com/default.aspx 

R1 - http://www.r1rcm.com/

YMCA - http://www.ymca.net/ 

Public & Community Health Links

American Public Health Association – APHA

www.apha.org

The American Public Health Association is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world; protecting all Americans, their families and their communities from preventable, serious health threats. APHA strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States. (Retrieved November 18, 2014 from:  www.apha.org )

 

Southern Health Association – SHA of the American Public Health Association

www.southernhealth.net/

The Southern Health Association is a regional organization representing the southeastern states of: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Hamilton and Kanawha Tennessee Counties. The Southern Association of the American Public Health Association looks to promote a greater degree of scientific effort in the protection and improvement of public health and promotion of public health services. (Retrieved November 18, 2014 from: www.southernhealth.net/)

 

Kentucky Public Health Association – KPHA

www.kpha-ky.org/

The Kentucky Public Health Association (KPHA) is a nonprofit, independent, voluntary organization. The Kentucky Public Health Association is an affiliate of the Southern Health Association and the American Public Health Association.(Retrieved November 18, 2014 from:  www.kpha-ky.org/ )

           

Society for Public Health Education – SOPHE

www.sophe.org

The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) promotes healthy behaviors, healthy communities, and healthy environments through its membership, network of local chapters, and partnerships with other organizations.  SOPHE members work in elementary/secondary schools, universities, voluntary organizations, health care settings, worksites, and local/state/federal government agencies. (Retrieved November 18, 2014from:  www.sophe.org )  

 

Society of Health and Physical Educators – SHAPE America

www.shapeamerica.org

The Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) SHAPE America is the largest organization of professionals involved in school-based health, physical education and physical activity. (Retrieved November 18, 2014 from: www.shapeamerica.org)

 

Southern District Society of Health and Physical Educators – SD SHAPE America

www.shapeamerica.org/about/districts/southern/

The Southern District Society of Health and Physical Educators (SD SHAPE America) supports and promotes the aims of SHAPE America.  SD SHAPE America also assists in strengthening the state associations of the thirteen district states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. (Retrieved November 18, 2014 from: www.shapeamerica.org/about/districts/southern/ )

 

National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. – NCHEC

www.nchec.org

The NCHEC enhances the professional practice of Health Education by promoting and sustaining a credentialed body of Health Education Specialists.  NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice.  (Retrieved November 18, 2014 from: www.nchec.org)

 

HPCareer.Net

www.hpcareer.net

HPCareer.net works exclusively in health promotion and wellness, supporting both the profession and the industry via the following: Career Advertising, Partner Network, Continuing Education, and Web Site and Online Community Development, Support and Management. (Retrieved November 18, 2014 from: www.hpcareer.net)