Working in public health education

Passing on health knowledge and skills to the community or to the next generation of public health experts is the best way to ensure a sustainable improvement in public health. An ongoing lack of specialist STEM teachers in primary and high schools makes candidates with public health backgrounds more employable.

Combining your public health degree with a Bachelor or post-graduate qualification in Education will open up opportunities in primary or high school education. Passing on your knowledge at a tertiary level has a lower requirement for educational qualifications as it rarely involves working with children.

Your involvement in education may be limited to part-time tutoring, or you may go on to become a lecturer, responsible for unit development and delivery. There are also opportunities in education research and management, involving coordination of teacher training, topical seminars and the introduction of novel teaching technologies or techniques.

Daily activities involve a lot of lesson planning and marking.

Being a people person is pretty much essential to all education roles.

Finding the right position

Getting a foot in the door via part-time tutoring is an excellent in-road to education. These roles are often open to graduates or current post-graduate students and involve tutoring undergraduates.

If you are only working part-time and wish to build on your CV, enrolling in a certificate in workplace training and assessment through a local University or college is a good way to spend your time. The skills you learn from this are highly transferrable across subjects.