Careers in Public Health

The Mailman School curriculum prepares students for a variety of career opportunities in the field of public health. Graduates pursue careers at health agencies, academic and research institutions, and nonprofit organizations, as well as with consulting firms, pharmaceutical, and other for-profit companies.

In addition to being well prepared to enter the public health workforce, Mailman School graduates are also positioned for acceptance into other graduate and professional schools. Each year, some graduates defer employment to pursue additional advanced degrees in public health, medicine, social and behavioral sciences, business, and law with the goal of a future career that is informed by a public health perspective.

Domestic Careers

Mailman School graduates are prepared to assume a wide array of professional positions. Below is a small sampling of post-graduate career options.

  • A Biostatistics graduate might pursue opportunities as a data manager at NYU or Columbia University Medical Centers or the New York State Psychiatric Institute, a statistician with one of the many biotech firms in the Cambridge/Boston area, or a research biostatistician/statistical programmer in the pharmaceutical industry or with a governmental agency or nonprofit organization.

  • An Environmental Health Sciences alumna might accept a position as an analyst with the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC, or New York City, a research scientist with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, a scientific/regulatory consultant with a New Jersey-based scientific consulting or Virginia-based environmental consulting firm, or a researcher with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City or Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Boston, MA.

  • An Epidemiology alumnus might follow their dream of a career in surveillance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta or the San Francisco Department of Public Health, a career in research with Pfizer or Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, or a post-graduate fellowship with the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists at various locations in the United States, or the Kaiser Family Foundation in Menlo Park, CA.

  • A Health Policy and Management graduate might pursue opportunities in health care administration with the NorthShore—Long Island Jewish Health System in Long Island, NY, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, or Kaiser Permanente in California, health policy/public health analysis with a state agency in Hartford, CT, the Department of Health Care Finance in Washington, DC, or the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Maryland, or health care consulting with a New York City or Boston-based consulting firm.

  • A Population and Family Health graduate might be recruited for a position as a program coordinator with the Population Council in New York City, accept a position as a monitoring, evaluation, and research associate with EngenderHealth in New York City, pursue an opportunity as a Presidential Management Fellow with the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, or the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington, DC, or become an HIV specialist/trainer with UNAIDS in New York City.

  • A Sociomedical Sciences alumnus might accept an opportunity as a research project manager or research analyst at the New York State Psychiatric Institute or the National Center for Children in Poverty in New York City, or a project coordinator in the monitoring, evaluation, and research unit of a nonprofit in California, be recruited as a health and welfare associate at a New York City metropolitan area consulting firm, or develop policy at a municipal Department of Aging or the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health in New York City.

For additional department-specific career paths, click on the departmental links above. For a partial list of employers who recruit at the Mailman School, visit this page.

Global Careers

Our graduates can be found working in virtually all areas of the world. Some graduate global health opportunities accepted by past Mailman School graduates include: 

  • Fulbright Fellowship, Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), South Africa

  • ASPH/CDC, Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellowships, Atlanta, Kenya, and Tanzania

  • USAID, Community Health and Clinical Care Officer, Guyana

  • PPFA International Program Officer, Miami/Latin American regional office

  • PSI, Reproductive Health Advisor, Washington, DC, and Tanzania 

  • University of KwaZulu-Natal, Epidemiologist, South Africa

  • Catholic Medical Mission Board, Program Officer, Kenya

  • Rand EUROPE, Associate Analyst, England

  • Switzerland/France

  • CREA, Program Associate, India

  • UNAIDS, Program Officer, Switzerland

  • WHO, Technical Officer, Switzerland

  • WHO, Research and Dissemination Officer, Germany

  • Ministry of Health, Medical Officer, Singapore

  • University of Toronto, Research Associate, Canada

  • World Markets Research Centre, Healthcare Analyst, England

  • UNFPA, Ethiopia

  • Global Asia Institute/National University of Singapore, Singapore

  • ICRC, Switzerland

  • AstraZeneca, Japan

  • UNICEF, Bangadesh

  • American India Foundation, India

  • The Aurum Institute, South Africa

  • Ministry of Health, Mongolia