Employers of public health staff
This page has information about the variety of organisations you could be employed by when working in a public health role.
People working in public health may be employed in a range of different organisations. It is not uncommon for people to move across sectors as their careers develop and, increasingly, people may choose to be self-employed for some or part of their time.
See below for a brief overview of the three main employer sectors:
- Public Expand / Collapse
The public sector is the part of the economy that is controlled and financed by central government.
For public health roles this means local government, the civil service, the NHS, higher education (universities, colleges), the prison service, the Armed Forces, and many other public-funded organisations or government agencies, such as Public Health England (PHE) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
Find out more about a public health role in:
- Private Expand / Collapse
The private sector is the part of the economy that is run by individuals, groups and organisations as opposed to the government.
For public health roles this could mean working in private and independent companies and organisations, and consultancy firms.
- Third Expand / Collapse
The third sector is the part of the economy which operates on a voluntary or not-for-profit basis.
For public health roles this could be charities or social enterprises.
Find out more about a public health role in the third sector.