The national job market for community health promotion positions is extremely strong. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, faster than average job growth is expected and graduate degrees are preferred by employers in public health and for non-entry-level positions. This growth is primarily due to an increase in opportunities and the variety of settings health promotion graduates are needed.
What was once a profession practiced mainly in classrooms and health facilities, the profession has extended into all levels of government, voluntary and social service agencies, medical care organizations, workplaces, schools, and advocacy organizations.
What Do Community Health Professionals Do?
The Community Health Promotion MPH prepares students for successful careers across the globe to:
- Use theories of behavior and social change to inform the planning and evaluation of health interventions.
- Promote healthy behaviors and social conditions.
- Assess the health status of populations and communities.
- Design and implement effective interventions targeting health behaviors.
- Collaborate and manage community and behavioral health programs and services.
Graduates can also go on to pursue a PhD in social and behavioral epidemiology.
Examples of Positions Held by Recent Graduates of the Community Health Promotion MPH Program
University of Minnesota
Health Promotion Specialist
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Minnesota)
University of California San Francisco Medical Center
City of Saint Paul (Minnesota)
Government Relations Coordinator
BlueCross and BlueShield of Minnesota Foundation
Minnesota Department of Health
Twin Cities Food Justice (Minnesota)
Community Outreach Coordinator
Hennepin County Medical Center (Minnesota)
Acumen, LLC (San Francisco, California)
Health Data & Policy Analyst
Community Health Plan of Washington (Seattle, Washington)
Monitoring & Evaluation Manager
Public Health Program Manager