General Public Health
Types of Degrees General Public Health Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many general public health graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What General Public Health Majors Need to Know
In an O*NET survey, general public health 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 General Public Health Majors
According to O*NET survey takers, a major in general public health should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- 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.
- Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
- 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.
- 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.
Skills for General Public Health Majors
general public health majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:
- 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.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Abilities for General Public Health Majors
As a general public health major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:
- Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- 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 General Public Health Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with general public health:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|Community Health Workers||17.9%||$39,540|
|Health Specialties Professors||25.9%||$97,370|
|Medical and Health Services Managers||20.5%||$99,730|
Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in General Public Health?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of general public health majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||1,187|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,419|
General Public Health appeals to people across the globe. About 2.6% of those with this major are international students.
How Much Do General Public Health Majors Make?
Salaries According to BLS
General Public Health majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $43,480 to $113,730 (25th to 75th percentile). 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.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to General Public Health
Some careers associated with general public health 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.
Find out what the typical degree level is for general public health careers below.
|Education Level||Percentage of Workers|
|High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED)||2.5%|
|Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production)||0.7%|
|Some College Courses||0.7%|
|Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree)||25.7%|
|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.||1.2%|
Online General Public Health Programs
In the 2018-2019 academic year, 401 schools offered some type of general public health 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)||8||2|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||5||2|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||1||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||62||8|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||7||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||2||2|
Is a Degree in General Public Health Worth It?
The median salary for a general public health grad is $59,660 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
This is 50% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $395,200 after 20 years!
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Majors Related to General Public Health
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to general public health.
|Major||Number of Grads|
|Public Health Education and Promotion||4,529|
|Other Public Health||2,994|
|Health Services Administration||2,882|
|Community Health and Preventive Medicine||2,322|
|International Public Health/International Health||1,444|
|Behavioral Aspects of Health||529|
|Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene||334|
|Maternal and Child Health||172|
*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.
- College Factual
- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
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