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Public Health Education & Promotion

3,270 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
902 Master's Degrees Annually
#11 in Popularity
$59,660 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Public Health Education & Promotion Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many public health education and promotion graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 3,270
Master’s Degree 902
Graduate Certificate 132
Associate’s Degree 96
Doctor’s Degree 80
Basic Certificate 46
Undergraduate Certificate 3

What Public Health Education & Promotion Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to public health education and promotion and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Public Health Education and Promotion Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in public health education and promotion should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Skills for Public Health Education and Promotion Majors

public health education and promotion majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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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.
  • 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 Public Health Education and Promotion Majors

As a public health education and promotion major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • 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 Public Health Education & Promotion Major?

People with a public health education and promotion degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Community Health Workers 17.9% $39,540
Health Educators 14.6% $54,220
Health Specialties Professors 25.9% $97,370

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health Education & Promotion?

3,270 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
81% Percent Women
36% 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 public health education and promotion majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Public Health Education and Promotion Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 120
Black or African American 531
Hispanic or Latino 349
White 1,931
International Students 89
Other Races/Ethnicities 250

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Public Health Education and Promotion, too. About 2.7% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Public Health Education & Promotion Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Public Health Education and Promotion majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $43,480 to $122,320 (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.

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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Some degrees associated with public health education and promotion may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

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

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 3.6%
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) 1.0%
Some College Courses 1.0%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 28.5%
Bachelor’s Degree 32.9%
Master’s Degree 18.6%
Doctoral Degree 8.5%
Post-Doctoral Training 6.3%

Online Public Health Education & Promotion Programs

In 2018-2019, 157 schools offered a public health education and promotion program of some type. 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) 5 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 4 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 7 0
Bachelor’s Degree 22 15
Post-Baccalaureate 5 1
Master’s Degree 57 17
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 20 2
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 1 0

Is a Degree in Public Health Education & Promotion Worth It?

The median salary for a public health education and promotion 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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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to public health education and promotion.

Major Number of Grads
General Public Health 19,923
Other Public Health 2,994
Health Services Administration 2,882
Community Health and Preventive Medicine 2,322
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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