The alumni, students, faculty, staff, and researchers that make up the College of Public Health are tackling real issues every day—issues impacting our city, our nation, and our globe. Whether working for nationally renowned agencies, gaining experience through internships and practicums, or learning to work as part of interprofessional teams, our alumni and students are using their College of Public Health education to excel in their fields and make a difference. 

Impactful outcomes

Students from the Class of 2023 found employment at local organizations like Public Health Management Corporation and Independence Blue Cross, as well as various regional agencies and the City of Philadelphia. Others have joined local health systems, including Temple Health, Jefferson Health, Penn Medicine, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and more. And some make an impact at the national level, working at federal agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Read about Deja Houser '18, a hematology social worker at CHOP who educates, counsels, and comforts children with hematological conditions.

Hands-on, real-world experience 

Students graduate prepared to join the workforce with hours of experience through fieldwork, internships, and practicums, translating the lessons learned in the classroom into real-world settings, working hands-on with clients and patients and developing the professional skills necessary to succeed in today’s workplace. With an extensive list of fieldwork partners throughout the Philadelphia region and beyond, as well as opportunities for international experiences around the globe, students gain experience in the areas that interest them—and discover new interests and passions that define their careers.  

Philadelphia’s largest school of public health

With more than 20 areas of study across seven departments, we are the region’s largest school of public health. But this is more than just a statistic—it means that students gain exposure to a wide variety of disciplines and domains in health and social services and develop a well-rounded, full understanding of the many ways that personal and public health are intertwined. By gaining this wider picture of what we mean by public health, students are better equipped to work as part of interdisciplinary healthcare teams and are taught to think outside the confines of their individual discipline—a trait valued by employers in all industries.