October 24, 2020
ASPPH, along with colleagues from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, and University of Minnesota School of Public Health, conducted this first broad-based study of public health graduates from 2015-2018 to understand the future public health workforce.
The analysis of data on 53 463 graduates found that 73% were employed as their first-destination outcome following graduation; in addition, 15% enrolled in further education; 5% entered a fellowship, internship, residency, volunteer, or service program; and 6% were not employed. Employed graduates went to work in health care (27%), corporations (24%), academia (19%), government (17%), nonprofit (12%), and other sectors (1%). In 2018, 9% of bachelor’s, 4% of master’s, and 2% of doctoral graduates were not employed but seeking employment.