I have been passionate about public health long before I took the decision to pursue it as a graduate degree. I can safely say that this is the first year I no longer have to offer an extended explanation to anyone who asks me about my career plans! It took a whole pandemic to shed light on this beautiful but often neglected field.
What I find interesting is that even in the medical field, many are not aware of the details of the profession and its importance. When a high school graduate interested in health sciences is given the option to choose the career that they want to spend the rest of their life doing they are usually provided with a few known options: medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or nursing. Those are no doubt the front-line workers who make up the visible healthcare work force however, there are so many soldiers who contribute to the success of a health system.
Since it's august and many high school and university graduates are busy choosing fields to study, I decided to clarify what public health is and what kind of work public health professionals do.
Public health focuses on the entire spectrum of health and well-being, giving a holistic overview of what being healthy means on a population level. As opposed to clinical health services, It takes into account the health of the whole population rather than the individual.
Public health can be broken down into 3 Ps: Prevention, Promotion and Protection.