101+ Careers in Public Health, Third Edition

101+ Careers in Public Health, Third Edition

Beth Seltzer, MD, MPH, Heather Krasna, MS, EdM


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The public health landscape is one of the most rapidly growing and cutting-edge fields at the moment and, in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, there has never been a more meaningful time to enter the field. This thoroughly updated and revised third edition of 101+ Careers in Public Health continues to act as a career guide both for students seeking a first job in the field of public health and for anyone seeking guidance on how to best navigate the next stages of an existing career. Discussing not only emerging career paths but also traditional and familiar job types in public health, this book offers comprehensive advice and practical tips. It includes a wide survey of career profiles, including careers closely involved with pandemic response, climate change, technology and data science, and social justice advocacy.

This third edition continues to provide a clear introduction to the history of public health with detailed descriptions of the many educational pathways that lead to public health careers. The book explores more than 120 different jobs in public health, with complete job descriptions, educational requirements, and future outlooks in addition to public health profiles from working professionals in the field. Whether interested in positions in government, healthcare, non-governmental organizations, technology, research, academia, philanthropic organizations, global health, consulting, or other private sector companies, this exciting third edition of 101+ Careers in Public Health provides excellent career guidance and produces helpful self-reflection when deciding on a public health career path.

Key Features:

  • Provides an introduction to the important competencies, training, and requirements needed to secure job opportunities at different career stages
  • Includes step-by-step advice on how to network, apply, and interview for the job that best matches your interests, complete with a sample resume and cover letter
  • Presents 50 new interviews from early career, management, and leadership positions as well as job descriptions for 20 occupations new to this edition
  • Expanded coverage on global health and related opportunities, in addition to jobs in data science and technology
  • Offers career advice for entry-level candidates and also for anyone looking to change careers


Beth Seltzer, MD, MPH:

Beth Seltzer, MD, MPH, is a public health physician, board-certified in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine. She has been with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene since 2019, serving as the Director for the Clinical and Scientific Affairs unit in the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention. Previously, she had the privilege to serve for several years doing clinical and public health work on a rural Indian reservation in western Washington. She has also been a writer and consultant for the Discovery Health and Discovery Channel television networks, developing content for educational television shows and interactive media directed at both physicians and general audiences. Dr. Seltzer attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University and completed her preventive medicine residency at Stony Brook University, with an MPH degree from Columbia University. Prior to her medical career, she was a documentary film producer, earning multiple awards for her work.


Heather Krasna, MS, EdM, has served as Assistant Dean of Career Services at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health since 2013. In this role, she spearheads efforts to ensure that students and alumni of the school obtain meaningful careers in public health by developing career education programs and building connections with employers. Throughout her 22 years as a career services professional, she has served as Director of Career Services at the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Affairs as well as Internship Program Coordinator at Baruch College, CUNY. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Public Health at the Care and Public Health Research Institute of Maastricht University in the Netherlands with a focus on public health workforce research, and she holds a Master of Education in Adult Learning and Leadership from Teachers College Columbia University and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from New School University, as well as a bachelor of arts in anthropology from the University of Michigan. She has published several articles in leading academic journals on the public health workforce, including the first national study of employment outcomes of public health graduates published since 1992 as well as a unique analysis of more than 38,500 public health job postings. In addition to this book, she is the author of Jobs That Matter: Find a Stable, Fulfilling Career in Public Service (2010) as well as more than 100 blog articles. She has a small private practice, specializing in careers in nonprofits, government, health, the social sector. To learn more, visit her website at heatherkrasna.com.