Interprofessional Health Professions Collaboration

Public Health Professional

Required Education & Licensure

A Bachelor’s degree is required for entry-level work as well as a passing score on the Certified Health Specialist certification examination.  

What do they do?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that public health professionals assess the needs of the people and communities they serve, develop programs and events to teach people about health topics, teach people how to cope with or manage existing health conditions, evaluate the effectiveness of programs and educational materials, help people find health services or information, provide training programs for other health professionals or community health workers, supervise staff who implement health education programs, collect and analyze data to learn about their audience and improve programs and services, advocate for improved health resources and policies that promote health.  See program description at Armstrong Health Sciences.

Where do they work?

Employment settings may include public health programs, private sector programs, corporate wellness programs, gerontology, and the health and fitness industry.

Professional Associations

Salary 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that in May 2012, the median annual wage for health educators was $48,790. The median annual wage for community health workers was $34,620 in May 2012.