to bring together people, processes, connectivity and technology in order to find the most appropriate and effective way of carrying out a particular task; used here to denote the adaptability of public health professionals in working in partnership and applying their expertise in different areas or fields
How do you start working in
Where do I start?
Do I need a Masters in Public Health?
I get asked this question quite a lot. A Masters in Public Health (MPH or MSc in Public Health) is beneficial, desirable even but not essential. There are many managers working in public health that don't have a MPH but to further your career in public health, it is good to pursue a masters degree but it doesn't have to be public health, it can be in a related area that will benefit your career progression. It really depends upon your entry level. Some people will enter public health management and then as part of their personal development plan (PDP) or continuing professional development (CPD), they will apply to do a MPH, which may get funded by the organisation you work in. True that many applications will have MPH down under qualifications, but getting shortlisted is more than qualifications, it is demonstration of skills, application of knowledge and above all, a passion to do the job in question.
I have a degree in public health, should I apply for the specialty training programme?
You will need to gain some experience first working in public health as a manager, analyst, officer or other public health post. The specialty training programme is training senior managers and leaders who specialize in public health, so you will need to be able to demonstrate that capability.
Are there any useful websites I could look at?
Public Health Blogs - Public Health Jobs is a really good collection of blogs by people working in public health in the UK.
Where are the public health jobs advertised?
Posts in public health management in the UK tend to be advertised on NHSJobs and on relevant local authority sites (for local public health teams).