Careers and Outcomes

Promote health for your community

A Master of Public Health (MPH) degree gives you broad career options.

If you like helping people and communities, but also addressing health and disease issues, an MPH degree can lead you to a rewarding career.

Where can you work with a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree?

The MPH gives you a foundation to work in chronic disease prevention, environmental health, public safety and much more.

Most of our graduates start at county or state health departments then soon advance to management positions.

They work as epidemiologists, food and water safety inspectors, contact tracers and many other specialties.

Listed below are the possible career areas and the community agencies you may work for once you receive your degree in public health.

Possible careers

  • Biostatistician
  • Emergency management
  • Environmental health specialist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Health educator
  • Public health administrator
  • Public health information officer

Possible organizations

  • Community clinics and organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Health departments
  • Hospitals
  • Nonprofit organizations, such as the American Heart Association
  • Research firms
  • Schools and universities
  • Sports medicine facilities
  • Worksite wellness

How much can you make?

Salaries vary depending on your specific job or field.

At the national level, starting salaries for public health workers are about $45,000. Epidemiologists can make much more, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Accreditation and certification helps you stand out

Our accreditated program gives you an edge.

Some agencies, like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), will only hire public health workers if their degree comes from an accredited program.

Our graduates are also eligible to take the national certification exam to become a public health specialist.


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Job search help

The sites listed below are a small sampling of job search sites that may be helpful in your career search:

The Missouri State Career Center also provides a number of job search and preparation services.