Career Services

SPHIS Career Services

SPHIS is dedicated to supporting our current public health students and alumni in their career endeavors! Through one-on-one interactions with faculty and staff, professional development opportunities, and personal research, SPHIS students have a plethora of options in building their career. Below is career information on career services offered online and through the university.  


University Career Support

University of Louisville Career Center

The mission of the University Career Center is to educate students through the exploration of career interests, values, and skills. Dedicated and collaborative coaching, programming, and events allow students to enter the working world prepared to thrive in an ever changing, diverse and global community.

What can the University Career Center help me with professionally?

-          Assist with creating/updating your resume
-          Interview preparation through online and or in-person appointments
-          Build your online profile through LinkedIn and Handshake
-          Attend University Career Center workshops, career fairs, and events
-          Provide information on job searching through websites like Handshake

Find out what else the University Career Center can do to support you through their student resource webpage.


SPHIS Career Coach

Career coaching appointments are available to current students and alumni within two years of graduation.  All alumni are welcome to access any of UCC online resources including Handshake. Karen Boston is the Career Coach for SPHIS students. If interested in scheduling a meeting with Karen please email her at karen.boston@louisville.edu.


Public Health Professional Associations and Networks

Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP)
The mission of the American Association of Clinical Research Professionals is to provide a high degree of global leadership to promote higher integrity and excellence in the field of clinical research. This organization was founded in 1976 to help with the educational and networking needs of research nurses, public health nurses and others who work in clinical investigations.

American College of Epidemiology (ACE)
The American College of Epidemiology is a comprehensive organization of epidemiologists who serve the interests of the field of epidemiology. It does so by advocating on behalf of issues that are critical to epidemiology. It also features a credential based admission process and hosts many informative scientific meetings.

American Public Health Association (APHA)
The American Public Health Association focuses on improving the health of all people and communities around the US. This association works to strengthen the public health profession and to share with stakeholders the most up to date public health research and information. It also strives to promote best practices in public health and to advocate for critical public health issues.

American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
This is the largest and oldest life science organization on earth. It has 39,000 members, many of whom are working in the field of public health. However, the membership of this group is open to anyone interested in microbiology and has at least a bachelor’s degree in the field. Much of the research studied in this organization centers around the study of infectious diseases.

Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)
The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health is recognized as the leading voice of public health education. It represents most of the member schools and programs that have been accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, or CEPH. This widely respected independent agency is recognized by the Department of Education to accredit public health schools and public health programs.

Kentucky Public Health Association (KPHA)
The Kentucky Public Health Association is a state level public health professional organization. KPHA sponsors/co-sponsors workshops, seminars, and conferences relating to the personal and professional growth of its members by promoting healthy communities through advocacy, education, and leadership.

National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)
This is a national professional society for environmental health professionals, the purpose of which is to establish a standard of excellence in the field. The standard is now known as the Registered Environmental Health Specialist credential. It means that the environmental health professional has mastered an extensive body of knowledge so that he or she can perform well in the field of environmental health.

Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)
The Society for Public Health Education is an independent professional association that has a membership of 4000 health education professionals and students throughout the US and more than 20 foreign countries. This organization focuses on the promotion of healthy communities, healthy behaviors and healthy environments through its thousands of members and its local chapters.


Professional Development Websites

-          ACRP Professional Development
-          APHA Development
-          ASM Professional Development
-          NEHA Professional Development
-          PublicHealthDegrees.org Career Guides
-          SOPHE Professional Development


Job Opportunities and Position Postings within Public Health

-          Careers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
-          Indeed.com Job Postings Related to Public Health in Louisville
-          KPHA Job Board
-          Louisville Metro Government Job Postings
-          University Career Center Job Searching Support


Additional Resources

There is an unprecedented demand for a highly trained workforce that is able to address the range of challenges involved in protecting the public’s health. Below are a few additional resources to help you investigate careers in public health and information sciences:

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