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The field of public health is extremely broad and encompasses a variety of careers. Upon completion of the program, students are qualified for graduate studies and/or leadership roles in many public and private organizations. These organizations may include hospital outreach programs, community health centers, communitybased nonprofit organizations, public and private corporations, foundations, workplaces, schools, colleges and local, state and federal public health agencies.

The demand for public health professionals continues to rise in response to global concerns such as bioterrorism, pandemics, HIV/AIDS and environmental issues. Rising insurance costs and increased awareness of health and wellness have also generated corporate and government support for prevention and education programs in areas such as diet, diabetes and tobacco use. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of health educators and community health workers is expected to grow by 11% by 2028 — much faster than the average for other occupations.

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Alumni Profile

Douglas Weigelt '13 is a public health officer with the Center for Disease Control and Preventions's Philadelpia Quarantine Station in the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine. He develops and monitors surveillance systems for infectious diseases, and assists in identifying and responding to outbreaks.

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Business Opportunities

Cyanna Mitchell '19 began her company Illuminave while studying Public Health at UT and participating in the Spartan Accelerator. Illuminave aims to reduce the rate of hospital acquired infections by using a medical device that eliminates exposure to risk factors that cause disease.