Why work in public health?

Find out about developing public health knowledge and skills, the rewards of a public health career, and the settings you could work.

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Skills and knowledge needed to work in public health

If you decide to work in public health, you'll be developing knowledge on subjects such as:

And you will be developing skills in areas such as:

These are just a few examples of the kinds of knowledge and skills you might gain. A more detailed framework exists of all the knowledge and skills (or competencies) in public health. 

If you can make change happen and believe passionately about improving and protecting people's health and wellbeing, then public health is the career for you.

The rewards of a public health career

Here's what some people working in public health roles say about what they do:

Working in public health also means that you can get to work at local, regional, national and international levels:

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