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Careers

Related Skills

These skills will help you have a successful career in public health.

Our program at Illinois State will give you the education and experience to develop these skills.

Communication

Public health professionals are educators, coaches, and wellness advocates. Strong communication skills are essential to your success. You must be able to listen effectively and communicate clearly when you write and speak. Developing and presenting information in a clear and engaging way is important. 

Leadership

A big part of health promotion is motivating others. Successful professionals in community health embody positive behaviors, and they are committed to helping others succeed. 

Engagement

Community and public health includes a wide range of issues that change quickly. The more engaged and informed you are, the more success you'll find.  

Being Successful in the Field

Develop strategies to impact attitudes, skills, behavior, and knowledge for improving the health of communities and people.

Related Fields

General job titles people with a Public Health degree might have include:

  • Agency Coordinator
  • Educational Services Coordinator
  • Education Administrator
  • Health and Fitness Manager
  • Health Educator
  • Patient Advocate
  • Wellness Coordinator

Public Health majors at Illinois State have found success in the field.

Dan Lindich, 2018, is an Epidemiology Research Coordinator at Rush University Medical Center Department of Preventative Medicine

"I oversee recruitment and study related visits/assessments for a large clinical trial called the ELM study here at Rush. This is a 5-year study focused on reversing the Metabolic Syndrome in adults ages 18-80 years old. My duties include designing and implementing recruitment strategies, performing one on one research assessments with participants, and teaching information sessions to large groups of potential participants."

Alex Tisch graduated in 2019 and works as the Senior Health Educator at the Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County

"My job is to work with the community to help educate about the benefits of tobacco policies. I work with worksites, parks, outdoor venues, apartment complexes, partnerships, and schools. A big part of my work is with Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT). Together we do important work educating and advocating against tobacco use among youth  as well as the marketing efforts of big tobacco." 

Career Industry Liaison

Name Office Email Phone
Megan Kayfish  208 Bone Student Center  meturne@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-2200 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Jackie Lanier  FSA 341  jalanie@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-8807