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Community Health & Preventive Medicine

1,844 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
252 Master's Degrees Annually
#16 in Popularity
$43,480 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Community Health & Preventive Medicine Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many community health and preventive medicine graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 1,844
Master’s Degree 252
Basic Certificate 147
Doctor’s Degree 29
Associate’s Degree 26
Graduate Certificate 14
Undergraduate Certificate 10

What Community Health & Preventive Medicine Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, community health and preventive medicine majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Community Health and Preventive Medicine Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Skills for Community Health and Preventive Medicine Majors

When studying community health and preventive medicine, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Abilities for Community Health and Preventive Medicine Majors

As you progress with your community health and preventive medicine degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Community Health & Preventive Medicine Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with community health and preventive medicine:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Community Health Workers 17.9% $39,540
Medical and Health Services Managers 20.5% $99,730

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health & Preventive Medicine?

1,844 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
81% Percent Women
45% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 81% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of community health and preventive medicine majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Community Health and Preventive Medicine Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 164
Black or African American 309
Hispanic or Latino 278
White 929
International Students 44
Other Races/Ethnicities 120

Geographic Diversity

Community Health and Preventive Medicine appeals to people across the globe. About 2.4% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Community Health & Preventive Medicine Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $43,480 to $113,730 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to community health and preventive medicine. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Community Health & Preventive Medicine Major  ( 43480 to 113730 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some careers associated with community health and preventive medicine require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to community health and preventive medicine have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 3.5%
Some College Courses 1.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 21.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 59.3%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 2.1%
Master’s Degree 13.4%

Online Community Health & Preventive Medicine Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 102 schools offered some type of community health and preventive medicine program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 20 4
Certificate (1-2 years) 5 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 11 0
Bachelor’s Degree 9 5
Post-Baccalaureate 20 4
Master’s Degree 28 5
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 9 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Community Health & Preventive Medicine Worth It?

The median salary for a community health and preventive medicine grad is $43,480 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 9% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $71,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to community health and preventive medicine.

Major Number of Grads
General Public Health 19,923
Public Health Education and Promotion 4,529
Other Public Health 2,994
Health Services Administration 2,882
International Public Health/International Health 1,444
Environmental Health 1,229
Behavioral Aspects of Health 529
Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene 334
Health/Medical Physics 211
Maternal and Child Health 172

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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