Employers across the country and around the world know that graduates of Columbia University’s Mailman School have exceptional training, skills and capabilities.
Public health is such a diverse field, our graduates pursue many different career paths. They work in administration and management, program development, monitoring and evaluation, research, statistical analysis, consulting, finance, business analysis, marketing, clinical trials, risk assessment, industrial hygiene, health economics, policy analysis, health education, social marketing, medical communications, public relations, and public health practice.
Typical employers include hospitals and health services delivery organizations, relief and international agencies, NGOs, PVOs, consulting firms, schools, colleges and universities, think tanks, community agencies, local, state and federal agencies, not-for-profit and public interest/advocacy organizations, and research facilities.
These statistics for our 2011 graduating class indicate the broad range of career opportunities that recent graduates have pursued.
Launching your career
Many students find that relationships they establish in their academic department help them to open doors to job opportunities. The School’s Office of Career Services also offers a wide array of career education services and resources, including one-on-one assistance to help students prepare for their job search. Each year dozens of public and private sector employers visit the campus to share information about their job openings and meet our students.
With more than 11,000 alumni worldwide in academia, government, healthcare not-for-profits and the private sector, the School offers students and recent graduates a vital connection to professionals working throughout the field. Students can engage these alumni through an online directory, lecture series that feature alumni speakers and special events throughout the year that bring alumni together to network.
A sampling of alumni who are making a mark in public health:
Ariel Pablos-Mendez, MPH '92
Assistant Administrator for Global Health, USAID
Mary E. O’Dowd, MPH '04
Commissioner of the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services
Monica Sweeney, MPH '92
Assistant Commissioner, New York City Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control
Perri Peltz, MPH '84
Broadcast journalist and public health advocate
Brian Lehrer, MPH '96
Host, The Brian Lehrer Show
Chelsea Clinton, MPH '10
NBC News Correspondent
Julia Wasserman, MPH '88
Cheryl Healton, DPH '91
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Legacy Foundation
Diana Taylor, MPH '06
Managing Director, Wolfensohn & Company
Thomas Frieden, MPH '86
Director, Centers for Disease Control
Michael Fassler, MPH '77
President and Chief Executive Officer of Bethco, the parent of Beth Abraham Health Services and the CNR Health Care Network
David Michaels, MPH '81, PhD '87
U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health