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November 06, 2012
Group owner Richard Martine

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Public Health Practitioners

By: Richard Martine   Post Date : November 06, 2012
In the early part of the 20^th century people finally started to realize that rather than having to treat everyone as they got sick if we looked at health and disease prevention from a different, broader perspective we can prevent many people from getting sick in the first place.

By definition, public health is intended to improve overall health and the quality of life by preventing and treating health conditions (i.e. disease prevention) by monitoring cases and promoting healthy behaviors. To accomplish this task there are a wide variety of people in different careers that can be called upon. All of them could be referred to as public health practitioners.

People actually come in contact with public health practitioners more often than they think. When an inspector from the Environmental Protection Agency goes into a factory for an inspection that person is trying to improve public health. The person that finds the slime in the ice machine at your favorite restaurant is a health inspector; his discovery keeps the public health from declining.

Many people engaged in public health careers will be involved on the research end. For example, an epidemiologist is a person who studies patterns of health events (perfect when trying to figure out where an outbreak originated). Microbiologist study microscopic organisms; such organisms are the common culprit when it comes to lots of people getting sick in a given area.

Also included as public health practitioners are the following: dieticians, nutritionists, dental hygienists, veterinarians, public health lawyers, biostatisticians, and so much more.

Careers in public health could very well be in high demand in coming years as science continues to discover major advancements that will allow us to improve the overall health of the population. Health promotion and disease prevention have made it possible to lower healthcare costs by creating a healthier population. As they methods prove to be more and more effective they will only create demand for more people in the field.

Educational requirements vary greatly across the field since there is such a diverse collection of professions that qualify as public health practitioners. To get into a public health school a person needs to do well on the graduate entrance exams, have a good undergraduate GPA, along with professional experience and career goals. A basic master of public health degree will require an undergraduate degree first. The graduate program will require a person take classes in a wide variety of disciplines like health administration, epidemiology, behavioral health, environmental health, and more.

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