BSPH Job Outlook

What do public health educators do?

  • Prevent diseases like cancer, heart disease, obesity and diabetes
  • Change people's behavior so they stop smoking, abusing alcohol and drugs, engaging in unprotected sex, bullying others, putting themselves at risk to HIV, eating unhealthy, drinking lead-tainted water, leading an inactive lifestyle and other health behaviors
  • Work to pass laws, like the "no smoking in places where people work" law in Michigan, in order to protect lives
  • Work with media and social media to deliver health messages to populations at greatest risk
  • Increase access to health services, regardless of race, gender or any other factor that would discriminate one from living a long and high quality life

Where do public health educators work?

  • Health departments
  • Non-profit agencies like American Heart Association, Planned Parenthood and community drug prevention agencies
  • Hospital education and outreach centers
  • Corporate worksites
  • Health insurance organizations, like Blue Care Network

How much do public health professionals earn?

  • The starting salary is anywhere from $35,000-$55,000, depending on agency and type of job. The average in Michigan is about $40,000-$45,000.

Are jobs available?

  • Yes! In fact the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics identified "health educator" as a career expected to increase 12% between 2014 and 2024. 

What jobs are available?

Public health educator Health educator
Health education specialist Epidemiologist
Nutrition educator Community health educator
Health education coordinator HIV prevention coordinator
Worksite health promotion specialist Health promotion coordinator
Certified health and wellness coach Sexuality educator
Behavioral health education specialist Injury prevention coordinator
Substance abuse prevention specialist      Tobacco treatment counselor
Wellness account manager Wellness program specialist
Patient program coordinator Community outreach manager
Community initiatives coordinator Community educator
Youth/family program coordinator Sexual violence prevention coordinator
Event specialist Community development director