Public Health Careers

Working in public health is about helping people to stay healthy and protecting them from threats to their health. There are all sorts of roles and career opportunities within public health, from entry roles, right up to the most senior level.

Some areas within public health concentrate mostly on promoting healthy lifestyles such as:

  • reducing harmful smoking
  • reducing obesity and improving diet
  • reducing harmful drinking

Other areas focus more on protecting people’s health such as:

  • promoting and administering vaccinations
  • tackling the health effects of climate change in the UK
  • reducing anti-microbial resistance
  • improving mental health and tackling dementia

Whichever area of public health you choose to work in, you’ll be making a difference to people’s health and wellbeing in some way.

What roles are available?

All these roles can be found in a range of organisations, including national government, local government, higher education, the NHS, the armed forces, and the third sector.

You can download the latest Public Health Careers brochure from the weblink below: 

Education and Training opportunities in Public Health

The Education & Training Directory for the North of England has been compiled to help identify education and training related to public health skills and practice at all levels of academic practice and provide a single reference point across the Northern geographic footprint for individuals and organisations to access.

Individual courses, modules and training sessions are listed under the three main themes of public health practice. This will enable easier navigation and will help you find the learning opportunities that suit you. The sections contained are Health Protection, Health Improvement and Improving Services. This directory is useful for anybody who is interested in Public Health, regardless of previous study level or current area of practice. Learning opportunities range from short ELearning modules through to PhD courses.