The Role Public Health Plays in Preventing the Spread of Global Epidemics

If you have ever considered getting a masters in public health to advance your career in the field, consider just what you can do with an MPH degree. Not only can you work on a local, state or national level in administration, but you can also work on a global level to help stop the spread of infectious diseases that can quickly reach epidemic proportions.

The Importance of an MPH Degree

With an MPH degree you will be putting yourself in a position to earn more, but also you will have more options in where and how you want to work. Also, you will be in a much better position to do something to help eradicate, or at the very least mitigate, the spread of global epidemics. Schools like The University of Arizona are offering an online MPH degree to nurture leaders in the field. Are you ready to take a step forward? Here’s how you can help.

From Research to Planning and Preparedness

When you stop to consider just how many people travel daily around the world for healthcare, you will quickly see that the spread of infectious diseases across national borders is extremely difficult to curtail. In the United States alone, more than 500 million business trips are taken each year, many of which are for overseas destinations. One infected person can bring back an illness that can spread within our own borders to epidemic stages within mere weeks. Public health officials research where widespread contagions are known to be flaring and use this information to begin planning and preparing for the event of an outbreak here at home, as well as abroad in many cases.

Disseminating Information to Health Officials and the General Public

Imagine being in a position to promote an awareness within the general public. You can get a masters in public health online and then use that very same technology to spread an awareness of the potential dangers in various areas of the world. The beauty of familiarizing yourself with the global superhighway, the Internet, is in how you can later use it within the line of your work. If you begin working with such organizations as the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) or WHO (World Health Organization), you will be in a prime position to disseminate information on various levels from local to global, by using the very technology you used to earn that degree.
There is no end to what you can do with a public health degree, but the one thing you can always count on is a very real need to be on the front lines fighting global pandemics. No one is in a better position than a graduate with an MPH degree to get out there in the public eye to help find pockets of disease, research causes and cures, and then get information out to the public at large. Are you ready for a giant step upwards and outwards? Public health may be just the career you’ve been looking for.

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