The Association of Schools of Public Health, which represents all the accredited schools of public health, offers resources and information to assist you in selecting a school and guides you through the application process. Information is specifically targeted to high school students, undergraduate students, graduate students, parents and family, and educators. The Profiles in Public Health page features snapshots into the life of a selected group of public health students.
The American Public Health Association is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world and has been working to improve public health since 1872. The Association aims to protect all Americans, their families and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States. APHA represents a broad array of health professionals and others who care about their own health and the health of their communities. The National Mentoring Program is a project of the APHA Student Assembly.
Part of the Colorado School of Public Health, the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health promotes the health and well-being of American Indians and Alaska Natives, of all ages through research, training, continuing education, technical assistance and information dissemination within a biopsychosocial framework that recognizes the unique cultural context of this special population.
Center for American Indian Health Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
The Center provides specialized public health training opportunities for American Indians and Alaska Native and those interested in improving health in AI/AN communities. Toward the goal to build local capacity in Native communities, students explore public health and research fundamentals specific to traditional and cultural wisdom. The faculty at the Center partners with experts in AI/AN and indigenous health issues from around the U.S. and the world to provide educational opportunities. Scholarships are available.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) works with partners throughout the nation and the world to help create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health - through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats. Information on their website includes public health training opportunities for college students, recent college graduates and people currently working in the public health arena.
ExploreHEALTHCareers.org is a multi-disciplinary website that provides career information on a broad array of health professions. The website is a joint initiative involving national foundations, professional associations, health career advisors, educational institutions and college students. The website addresses the under-representation of minorities in the workforce and the lack of health professionals in medically underserved communities.
The Council of State Governments presents information and publications on more than 20 public heath policy topics.
The Indian Health Service is committed to elevate the health status of American Indians and Alaska Native people. In part, IHS, does this through its Health Promotion Disease Prevention program. Scholarship information is at the IHS Scholarship page.
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) represents Tribal governments - both those that operate their own health care delivery systems through contracting and compacting, and those receiving health care directly from the Indian Health Service. NIHB, a non-profit organization, provides a variety of services to Area Health Boards, Tribal organizations, federal agencies and private foundations including advocacy, policy formation and analysis, legislative and regulatory tracking and research on Indian health issues.
As part of their commitment to increasing the number of American Indian and Alaska Native public health workers, NIHB has collaborated with other organizations in creating an NIHB summer public health fellowship.
The NIHB website provides information about the Healthy Indian Country Initiative that promotes innovative and successful tribal prevention programs as models for the future.
Just Move It is a national campaign to promote physical activities for American Indian and Alaska Natives.
There is also a Public Health Resource Center with lots of helpful information, including news alerts that you can receive by email. You can also sign up to receive the Health Reporter - a quarterly E-newsletter with up-to-date information on NIHB programs and issues surrounding Indian health in this country.
Lifeworks: Explore Health and Medical Science Careers, which is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, Office of Science Education, includes descriptions of over 100 careers. For each career there is information about education, income, job outlook and needed skills and abilities. One or more interviews with a health professional are featured.
Research and Training Opportunities at the National Institutes of Health include a wealth of NIH summer internships, scholarship programs and other opportunities for students in (1) high school; (2) college/university; (3) post-baccalaureate; (4) graduate school; and (5) medical/dental school.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the Federal Government's primary agency for the support of medical and behavioral research. Within its 27 institutes and centers, the NIH employs approximately 14,800 people, including 900 tenured faculty and nearly 3,000 postdoctoral fellows with either medical, dental, or graduate degrees.
The website of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is good source of information for students interested in careers in the biomedical and other sciences. SACNAS’ mission is to encourage Native American and Chicano/Latino students to pursue graduate education and obtain the advanced degrees necessary for careers in scientific research and teaching. For more than 30 years SACNAS has taken a leadership role in expanding and enhancing opportunities for minorities in academia and the scientific workforce.
This website addresses 3 questions:
What does public health encompass?
What impact does public health have on our lives?
What types of careers are available in the field of public health?
The website was developed by the Association of Schools of Public Health. (See above.)
Winds of Change is an American Indian-published magazine focusing on careers and educational advancement for Native people. The magazine is published quarterly by AISES Publishing Inc. In addition, the Annual College Guide for American Indians & Native Alaskans/Hawaiians is published yearly.