Public Health Advisor

Collect data on epidemics to guide health policy making.
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Salary Range
$27,000 – $81,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Public Health Advisors do?

Public Health Advisors are the foot soldiers of medicine: Instead of facing explosions and guns, you’re on the front lines of the war against disease. As a Public Health Advisor, you work for the Center for Disease Control (CDC), carrying out interviews and gathering information on different diseases and epidemics.

In this position, you travel the country (or even occasionally, the world) to talk with people who are sick. Public Health Advisors ask questions like how many in one area have fallen ill or what the sick people in a town all have in common. The facts you gather are then used by policymakers or researchers back at CDC headquarters to create new policies, educate the public, or cure illnesses. One job might have you explaining how AIDS is passed between people and encouraging safe sex practices, while another might have you interviewing patients to understand a new epidemic.

The entry-level version of this position is used by many as either a stepping stone to jobs with more responsibility, or an introduction to public health jobs. There are positions for more senior Advisors, and in this role, you oversee the work of the Advisors below you. You also create, plan, and start different public health initiatives and programs around the country. As a Public Health Advisor, you can work in pretty much any area of health care you can think of, from helping rewrite the health care system to making programs that promote clean teeth.

Should I be a Public Health Advisor?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • Also known as: Public Health Analyst, Public Health Instructor, Public Health Representative, Public Health Technologist See More

    How to become a Public Health Advisor

    Most Public Health Advisors have a Master's degree or a Bachelor's degree. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:oaa9wa&chl=no+college+%2827%25%29|||bachelor%27s+%2841%25%29|master%27s+%2832%25%29|&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,27,41
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