Careers in Public Health

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Careers in Public Health

The American Public Health Association defines public health as “the practice of preventing disease and promoting good health within groups of people, from small communities to entire countries.  Rather than being a single discipline, public health includes professionals from many fields with the common purpose of protecting the health of a population.”

Examples of the Impact of Public Health:

  • Vaccination programs for school-age children and adults to prevent the spread of disease.
  • Regulation of prescription drugs for safety and effectiveness.
  • Safety standards and practices to protect worker health and safety.
  • Ensuring access to clean water and air.
  • Educational campaigns to reduce obesity among children.
  • Measurement of the effect of air quality on emergency recovery workers.
  • School nutrition programs to ensure kids have access to nutritious food.

Working in Public Health

Following are some examples of the types of public health positions that have been utilized by SCPH. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and these are not job openings; they are provided for informational purposes only.

  • Air Quality Engineer
  • Clinical Laboratory Specialist
  • Counselor
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Health Educator
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Prevention Specialist
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Registered Dietitian 
  • Registar
  • Sanitarian
  • Support and Administrative Positions


Student Opportunities

Summit County Public Health works closely with four academic partners to provide public health field experiences to students in a variety of disciplines. We work with Case Western Reserve University, Kent State University (Main Campus), NEOMED, and the University of Akron.  

A very limited number of student experiences are available throughout the year.  The following conditions must be met to be considered:

  • Must be a student at Kent State, the University of Akron, Case Western University or NEOMED
  • Must pass a BCI background check prior to acceptance
  • Must agree to follow all SCPH policies and procedures.

Speak with your partner institution faculty advisor or call Donna Barrett at (330) 926-5626 to learn more. Students from any other academic institutions are invited to participate in “Public Health 101”.  Public Health 101 is the only public health field experience that we offer to students from non-partner institutions.