What Leadership Opportunities are Available with a MPH Degree?

Getting a Masters in Public Health degree all but guarantees you a leadership position in Public Health. There are many different leadership positions available to you that span the different specialties in Public Health. Let's look at a few of them:

  • Principal Research Associate - The Principal Research Associate, also known as a Senior Research Associate, is the head of the research department of an organization. They delegate assignments, oversee the research of the other researchers and, overall, manage the research department. Principal Research Associates work at various organizations within the public and private sector. Previous research experience is a requirement for this job since it is a supervisory position. The salary level for the Principal Research Associate varies depending on the organization, but on average is between $68,000 and $100,000.
  • Clinical Research Manager - The Clinical Research Manager oversees the research on a clinical trial. They ensure that the proper research has been done to begin a trial. They also design the protocol to be followed by the Clinical Trials Monitoring Specialist during a clinical trial. In addition to the MPH degree, those seeking to be a Clinical Research Manager need to have several years of experience (usually at least 5 years) in clinical trials. The salary for the Clinical Research Manager ranges from $62,000 to $128,000. Of course, Federal government jobs will pay more than most other employers.
  • Clinical Data Manager - Clinical Data Managers oversee the data in a healthcare research program. This includes, but is not limited to: design, collection, processing, storage and retrieval. Of course, you will need to have a degree in a Computer Science-related field for your undergraduate and experience working with data collection and analysis to go along with your MPH degree. The salary for Clinical Data Managers averages to be around $96,000, but can vary between $80,000 and $115,000 based upon the organization you work for. Many Clinical Data Managers work for the private sector, but if you can get a Federal government job, it will likely pay on the higher end of the pay scale.
  • Director of Patient Care and Services - The Director of Patient Care and Services is a good job for graduates from a Masters in Public Health program. It is a supervisory position. The Director of Patient Care and Services ensures that everything goes smoothly regarding patient care and they also handle the budgets for the department. This position handles questions and concerns from patient and their families regarding patient care. Directors of Patient Care and Services find employ at hospitals and possibly even at smaller health practices like doctor's offices or the local health department. The average salary for a Director of Patient Care and Services is $82,000 a year, but will vary depending on location and place of employment.
  • Public Health Practice and Program Manager - The Public Health Practice and Program Manager is a job for an MPH graduate who also holds a medical degree, such as an MD or a nursing degree. This position enables them to take a more supervisory role in the health practice instead of their more hands-on roles of being a doctor or a nurse. Public Health Practice and Program Managers, of course, work in hospitals, doctor's offices, Health Departments, and clinics. Salary depends on the place of employment and experience and education.
The jobs listed above are just a small sample of the number of leadership positions available to Masters of Public Health program graduates. You can find leadership positions in any of the specialties, whether it is Environmental Health, Infectious Diseases or any of the others - leadership positions are plentiful and ready for the MPH graduate to take them.


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