Job after Masters in Public Health in India

We found some questing that is answered on the famous website Quora. Here are some questions regarding MPH and their answers.


What are the job opportunities after a master’s in public health in India?

Answer By Arif Raza: MPH in India largely finds job opportunities with Government and Development partners (NGOs working in healthcare).

In government, jobs are largely under various health schemes of central or state government, like NHM, RNTCP, Malaria Eradication, Nutrition, etc. Most public health student gets absorbed in NHM (national health mission) of different states and center. Starting salary is like 30k-40k per month, which eventually increases to 60k-70k in 2–3 years.

A large number of public health people also work for big and multinational NGOs for their healthcare-related projects or program. Some names are UNICEF, FHI, Access, UNDP, CARE, etc. All these organizations are big and get funding from foreign countries. Most public health people work there as consultants and are paid better than what government pays. Generally, 60–70 thousand can go over 1 lac for the experienced one.

One catch in both government and NGOs is that almost all jobs are contract based and there is no surety of continuation. The contract can range from a few months to up to 3 years. For this reason, most public health people keep changing jobs to enter into a new contract.

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After about 10 years of experience, one may enter into a permanent job with any of these NGOs, but chances are still low.

The number of opportunities is usually high and there are always open vacancies at NGOs and the government side. But the supply is also high making it competitive. Having a qualification from a reputed institute helps very much for succeeding in this sector.


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Answer By Vaishnavi Chandran: Public Health Administration relates to the management, leadership, and administration of hospitals, health care & public health systems. The professionals work in the existing health system and public health research in Institutional and field settings. They are involved in the application of health policies and the development of the Health Rights Act and the Public Health Act. The major work revolves around the Planning, implementation, and management of public health program

What do you study in MPH?

  • Bio stats
  • Health policy
  • Social and behavioral science
  • Global Health
  • Research methods
  • Public health nutrition
  • Communicable disease and non-communicable disease
  • Urban health
  • Disaster preparedness


Where do you work after MPH?

  • Primary care and hospitals
  • NGO/ NPO
  • Health insurance
  • Health information system
  • National Health Systems Resource Centre
  • State Health Systems Resource Centre
  • National Health Programs
  • United Nations Population Fund
  • World Bank; WHO
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Answer By Bruce Lee: The field of public health is highly varied and encompasses many academic disciplines ranging from pure research to direct public education. Areas of specialization within public health include:

· Health Services Administration/Management

· Biostatistics

· Epidemiology

· Behavior Science and Health Education

· Environmental Health

· International and Global Health

· Nutrition

· Maternal and Child Health

· Public Health Laboratory Practices

· Public Health Policy

· Public Health Practice


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Answer by Nihita Chowdary K: If are you passionate about improving the health of people, then you can consider studying Master’s in public health.

Public health degrees offer students the chance to gain an in-depth understanding of the complex and varied nature of public health issues affecting people today.

Many public health degrees are focused on equipping students with quantitative analytical skills while maintaining an interdisciplinary focus. It will suit those with both medical and non-medical backgrounds who are interested in developing their research skills and public health career.


  • Public Health Specialist & Consultants
  • Program Manager, Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Academicians
  • Researchers in various organizations
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Answer By Rajesh Parekh: It has been almost 25 years since I passed my MBBS. Community Medicine (earlier called Preventive and Social Medicine)was one of the subjects and its scope was slowly evolving into the field of public health medicine.

Zoom to 2018 and we see different institutions offering Masters in Public Health.

Public Health is defined as “the art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through the organized efforts of society” (Acheson, 1988; WHO)

So while those who do opt for PUBLIC HEALTH will definitely have a career in the traditional fields of public health (epidemiology, biostatistics, preventing illnesses due to water, sanitation issues, mental health, etc)

Basically, Public health and Clinical Medicine are like two banks of a river with Community Medicine bridging the gap. In India, with time this arrangement will eventually bring a community perspective into health care and help create a healthy India.

Hope this helps.



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