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CAREERS IN PUBLIC HEALTH. MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY JACKSON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT. Public Health is in the news everyday. Public Health protects you and keeps your loved ones safe and healthy. How does Public Health protect us?. Prevents the spread of disease

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    1. CAREERS IN PUBLIC HEALTH MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY JACKSON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

    2. Public Health is in the news everyday

    3. Public Health protects you and keeps your loved ones safe and healthy

    4. How does Public Health protect us? • Prevents the spread of disease • Protects against environmental hazards • Prevents injuries • Promotes and encourages healthy behaviors • Responds to disasters and assists communities in recovery • Assures the quality and accessibility of health services Centers for Disease Control

    5. Careers in Public Health • Where do public health professionals work? • Local, state, federal health departments • Hospitals • Insurance companies • Laboratories • Schools • Universities

    6. Career areas in Public Health include • Physician • Biostatistician • Community Health Educator • Environmentalist • Environmental and Occupational Health Specialists • Health Administrator • Mental Health Specialist • Public Health Nurses • Social Worker • Nutritionist • Epidemiologist

    7. Careers in Public Health • What kind of degree do you need to work in Public Health? • Medical field (LPN, RN, BSN, mid-level practitioner, MD) • Science field (environmental health, biology, epidemiology, food science) • Education (community health, health education) • Social science (social welfare)

    8. Degrees in Public Health • Master of Public Health (MPH) • Primary professional degree in Public Health • Provides general public health knowledge with specialization • Master of Science in Public Health • Prepares practitioner in one specific aspect of public health rather than a more general focus • Doctoral • Highest academic degree • Prepares professionals for teaching as college faculty members or research centers

    9. Nutritionist Social Worker Licensed Environmental Health Practitioner Health Educator Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Nurse Practitioner Registered Nurse Licensed Practical Nurse Case Manager Administrator Support Staff Human Resources Fiscal Manager IT Coordinator Jackson County Health DepartmentTypes of Public Health Professionals

    10. Top reasons to choose a career in Public Health • Focused on serving others • Opportunity to make a difference in community • Opportunities to address various health issues • Offers a wide array of job possibilities • Potential to impact public policy • Diverse and dynamic field • Exciting and growing field of study

    11. Jackson County Health Department staff report top reasons for career choice • Opportunity to make a difference in the lives of clients • Flexibility of hours • Usually do not work on holidays • Friendly, caring staff • Competitive benefits • Pleasant working atmosphere

    12. Is Public Health the Right Career Choice for You?