Public Health Careers

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Traditionally, the public health workforce was thought to comprise governmental public health employees working for state or local health departments. This workforce is broader than many people may think. It includes job titles such as physician, nurse, dentist, dental hygienist, epidemiologist, sanitarian, food inspector, laboratory scientist, outreach worker, child care provider, communications specialist, educator, nutritionist, translator, quality assurance manager, occupational health inspector, environmental engineer, water hydrologist, administrator, support staff, information technologist, police officer, helpline provider, researcher, grants administrator, county board member, emergency responder, ambulance driver, city planner, legislator, teacher, and many others.

The role of public health and the public health workforce in Wisconsin and throughout the nation has expanded in both scope and complexity. Recent events, including bioterrorism (e.g., the anthrax scares following September 11, 2001); natural disasters (e.g., Hurricane Katrina and the 2009 Wisconsin floods); and emerging infectious diseases and outbreaks (e.g., HIV/AIDS and the H1N1 influenza pandemic) have drawn attention to the importance of the public health workforce and its link to national security, and individual and community health. However, the public health workforce is engaged in far more than emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities. Through partnerships between government, public, private, civic, and nonprofit sectors, the public health workforce focuses on preventing disease, promoting and protecting the health of all individuals and communities. Those who help carry out one or more of the Ten Essential Public Health Services and Core Functions of Public Health (assessment, policy development, and assurance) are a part of Wisconsin's public health workforce. To learn more about public health careers and educational opportunities, visit the Wisconsin AHEC Health Careers Information Center.

Scholarships and Loan Programs

To learn more about scholarships and loan programs: Wisconsin Primary Care Program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Health Professions, BHPR Grants webpage.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health webpage.

Affordability Care Act Opportunities for Health Professions and Educators

The Affordability Care Act provides funding opportunities for Health Professions workforce development and training. Details about the HRSA open opportunities below are available from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Subscribe to notifications at:, Grants Notification Service Subscription Form webpage.

Mentoring and Jobs

To learn more about public health mentoring and public health job opportunities, visit the Wisconsin Public Health Association.

Last Revised: October 16, 2014