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Masters of Public Health Information Session

Masters of Public Health Information Session


>>Hello everyone. Thanks again for attending
tonight and this webinar. Well, everybody, are we ready to grow? It is growth, growth,
growth. It is exciting times, you guys, for both of these careers in health administration
and public health. We are seeing amazing statistics. When we look at healthcare administration,
the outlook is a 22% projected growth rate over the next, this ten year period from 2010
to 2020. That is incredible, you guys. When you look at the average growth rate for other
occupations, being about 5 to 10%. Good, still stable in a thriving economy, but, in this
area, when we’re looking at 22% to 25% growth patterns, it’s absolutely incredible. And
that’s what we, right? When we get degrees, when we get certifications, we want to look
at, okay, where are the jobs? Are they really here? And we have the statistics to prove
that which are exciting. And, public health, the employment outlet is right there with
health administration with 21% projected growth rate over the next 10 years. And, what’s even
more exciting about this, when we looked at the statistics over just the last 5 years,
we see a 29 to 30% growth rate in the jobs being secured in public health and health
administration. So, just as Doctor Rubino, had talked about the growth and or political
growth as we have healthcare reform, which public health is tied right with that, we
see tremendous growth. And opportunity in these areas which is fantastic. So, across
the board with the healthcare industry, which incorporates public health, we have a lot
of public health educators working now at hospitals. And, obviously, one of the pillars
of public health is health administration. So, both of these programs are very integrated.
But, when we look at the healthcare industry, it will generate 5.6 million new jobs by 2020.
Sounds good. Right? There’s going to be places to apply. That is key. Right? That is the
key. So, the demand for healthcare and public health both is soaring in the US as we talked
about double the rate of the national economy over the next year, eight years which is exciting
because as we look at the economic growth and it’s now strengthened, we’re out of the
recession in term of in the US. So, we have a stronger economy. And, we have more of a
focus on prevention and both healthcare for the needs of the sick but also on the prevention
side. You know, as we see with Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, we are focused on prevention
and wellness in this country across the board. It isn’t about, you know, treating the sick
entirely. But, it’s also about prevention programs and keeping people healthy, keeping
people living longer. And, we need jobs in response to that and in both industries. So,
pretty exciting. And, these aren’t, you know, we always like statistics. Where do they come
from? This is the US Bureau of Labor statistics in 2013. And, we’ve been following this with
various data. And, it’s very exciting. And, we find that, too, in public health, there’s
a 70%, 80% recognition of what public health and those in health administration do. And
it used to be 10, 15 years ago when I, back in the day, in the old day, when I got my
degree in public health from here at CSUN in the 90s, we’d say, health education, public
health, what do you do? You sit in the classroom. I don’t even know what you do. Or, public,
you only can work at a health department. That’s the only place you can work at. And,
in fact, that’s not the reality. There’s now 80% of employers in the public health and
health administration fields recognize what a public health educator does, what a public
health administrator does, and knows exactly the need for that. So, it’s pretty exciting
times. So, what can I do with my masters in public health, the MPH? Well, a lot of us
can think back to times when you had that aha moment about your, sort of, career goals
and what you wanted to do in the future. And, a lot of times, when you reflect back, it’s
probably when you were pretty young. You know, for me, I lost my favorite aunt, who was very
near and dear to me, to breast cancer when I was 12. And, even before then, I had wanted,
I had always been intrigued by medicine from a very young age. And so, I had that interest
and I actually applied to medical school in the Caribbean. And that’s a whole other story
that I’ll have to tell you some day. But, you can think back to that moment when you
were touched by either a family member’s health issue, your own health issue, others. Or,
it may have been you started out thinking yeah I’d like to be a doctor or a nurse. But
then, you know, we call it sometimes, you know, we kind of laugh because, in public
health, nobody says, when they’re six years old or, you know, eight years old, I want
to grow up to be a public health educator in public health, not like a firefighter or
an astronaut, or something. Right? You, kind of, discover it. But then, when you do and
you realize it’s so focused on prevention and touching people’s lives, keeping the focus
on, as I said before, living longer, living healthier, and practicing lifestyle habits
that will, hopefully, keep them healthy and alive and disease free forever. It becomes
very exciting. Right? And, you can think back to that time, well, yeah I remember when I
first became intrigued in either allied health or medicine. And so, what, but what can you
do with this degree? What do you actually do with it? And, when we look at it versus
and undergrad degree in public health, health education, that places you in a more coordinator
role or more support role. But, a master’s in public health, get ready, because if you
like to direct, direct personnel, direct budgets, programs, grants and things, you’re in the
right area. So, we will teach you, with this program, how to create, direct, and advocate
for approaches. Again, as I talked about before, they’re focused on prevention which is exciting.
Many of our graduates go on to work in state public health departments, local health departments,
national, the Centers for Disease Control. We’ve had interns go to the World Health Organization.
We’ll talk more about that later, but again, focused on prevention and wellness. Conducting
needs assessments, well, that kind of sounds a little dry. Right? You’re like what, anything
involving a survey? But no, it’s very exciting. There are so many innovative needs assessment
techniques, like utilizing Photo Voice, taking pictures, taking audio records of people’s
experiences, and really getting into the qualitative and quantitative of what people experience
in terms of their health and disease outcomes. Implementing and evaluating health based programs.
You will learn how to implement programs for positive behavior change. And, it might be
knowledge programs. It might be behavior programs. They might be refocusing somebody’s attitude
towards a more positive outlook on wellness. And, it might be, you know, looking at work
site wellness programs. You might be at a corporation where you’re focused on prevention.
Or, might be, they’re actually out in a community in a grant funded program. We have faith based
organizations now involved, community based organizations. So, you’re implementing and
evaluating, learning those skills on how to really evaluate those program for health or
quality that they are. And then, creating relevant communication materials. That is
good fun guys, I’m telling you. Creating health education materials, and now, it involves
so much of social media which you guys could teach me a thing or two. But, looking at Facebook
and Twitter, we’re finding so many innovative ways to reach out to people, texting, in terms
of delivering health education content. But, you’ll learn ways on how to create communication
materials that are specific, that really reach people, that speaks to people whether it’s
a brochure in a doctor’s office or if it’s something, an actual website. You’d be learning
how to create health based communication materials which is so important for what we do. And,
how to lead and execute programs, personnel, and budgets. There’s the teams I talked about.
And, how do you really manage budgets effectively? How do you really manage personnel effect?
You’ll be doing that in terms of funded grants out in the real world and working in funded
health departments, working as a part that’s either programs based or personnel based,
you need to have these skills that are essential. As, because, as I said before, we’re prepping
you to be at that, sort of, director level when you go in. And, applied epidemiological
principles. We love that word. Right? It’s like the 500 dollar word, epidemiology. How
many [inaudible] do we have? Okay. It’s great. But that is the study of disease, mortality,
morbidity. And, those are fancy words of looking at disease trends or, you know, actually causes
of death trends. But, why are they impacting certain areas and communities more than others?
It’s fascinating. And, you can do detective work. We look at food outbreaks, for example,
you know, food poisoning outbreaks in a certain location. We start to look at some of these
numbers and epidemiological analysis for both chronic and infectious disease. It’s pretty
exciting. And, applying the theory, again, as Doctor Rubino had talked about, what are,
you know, theory gives you the foundation. We don’t become too theoretical in this program
because we will have it very practitioner based. We want you to hit the ground running.
And, a lot of you already are in the ground running. You may be working in public health
departments or had a very dynamic internship where you already been working out in the
field in public health. So, we want to make that and look at, sort of, the advanced contemporary
model evidence based programs. What’s out there already and what’s working. What does
the NIH use, National Institutes of Health? What does the CDC use? And, what does the
American Heart Association use? And, how can we incorporate that for our own program and
make it successful? Okay, we are celebrating over 40 years of public health accreditation
which is exciting you guys. We’ve been accredited since 1971. Whenever you’re in a program of
public health, if it’s not accredited through CEPH, the Council on Education for Public
Health, this is not a program you want to choose. CEPH upholds the highest standards
in public health and insures our programs are, our learner outcomes are in alignment,
all of our course materials, our syllabus, every experience that you receive, as part
of the classroom or the course, is certified and is worthy and speaks to competencies for
public health professionals. So, it’s key. Our program, as Jennifer had said, has been
around for 50 years. This is exciting times. So, we wouldn’t have gotten this far this
many decades without having a solid reputable program which you’ll be a part of. It’s just
exciting. Job titles in public health and I included also show me the money. Right?
That’s it. Right? A little Jerry McGuire old school reference there. But, it gets exciting
too, as Dr. Rubino mentioned. These are the different areas you can work in, in public
health. And, really the list is even so much more vast. Then this, but this is, actually,
provided by our Association for Schools of Public Health and the general categories.
When you look to the left, in terms of salary, that’s usually, actually undergraduate degrees,
and so entry level we call it. And, when you look to the salaries to the right, beyond
even just, you know, the graduate degree, the MPH degree, but, usually, that involves
a little bit of some years of experience in these various fields. So, you see health services
administration. This is tied into Dr. Rubino’s program and the MPA, when you think about
administering programs, bio-statistics, you know, if you crunch the numbers, you’re there
in the different areas, epidemiology. And, when you look at health education, behavioral
science type of employment, if you work at, maybe a health based nonprofit, you know,
and you’re focused on health education, you might, you know, still have a team. And that’s
33,000, 86,000. You kind of get a snapshot of different areas. Environmental health,
you know, that is not our area. But, it’s still a competency that you’re going to learn
as part of our program. You’ll take an environmental health course which is really fascinating
as well area of public health. International health, you can kind of see the differences
there. Maybe you have a desire to travel or work in another country. You’ve always been
passionate about global health or making change in your home country, this gives you the opportunity
to do that in that area. And, where we see nutrition, you know, working at nutrition
based or it might be a community based program that their mission is to serve nutrition,
education, and awareness programs. And then, you can see, like, public health practice
or program management. That’s where you’re administering different programs as we had
spoke of and the salary range there. And, what I love though too, when you look at the
salary ranges on the right, you think, okay, these are, tend to be those with a graduate
degree and some years of experience. But, don’t feel, don’t feel too deflated because
it’s not oh this is outside the norm of 30 years because this is an average. And, when
think of Los Angeles, right, and we have a higher cost of living here and, the good news
is, higher salaries. So, we’re actually more towards, don’t look completely to the left.
We’re over towards that mid range even in entry level. Many of our graduate students
from the MPH, when they graduate, I know of a few that, right off the bat, they were making
65,000 to 70,000 dollars right here in the local Los Angeles area. So, the notion that,
hey, public health doesn’t pay, there’s no money in public health. No way. We’re right
up there, okay, with other programs which is really exciting. The places you may work
with a degree in public health, this is just a snapshot and I had mentioned some of these
agencies, again both state and national agencies, you know, very prestigious. You may be passionate
about a certain cause. I worked for Breast Cancer Organization for ten years before I
came to Academia. So, and, I also worked for a health insurance company for five years
before I came to Academia. So, you just never know where your future may hold. But, that’s
what’s exciting. Some people may like to work in public health departments because they’re
not focused, maybe, on one health issue. After ten years of breast cancer, even though I
was very passionate about it, I was like okay. It’s time to move on to a different disease
or health issue. So, you get a little bit of that. And we have extraordinary internship
partners too in our program for those local but also for those who are out there nationally.
We have many partners throughout the community and will help you with that in terms of part
of the field and practical experience. So, exciting organizations to be a part of and
to make that change.>>Thanks everyone [ Applause ]

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