Community Health/Public Health (Health Studies)

It is important to understand that employers hire people, not degrees. The skills and knowledge you develop as a result of your education, as well as in your work and community activities, have the greatest impact on hiring decisions. Listed below are some specific knowledge and transferable skills you will acquire as a result of your university education and your focus on Community Health/Public Health (Health Studies).

Specific Knowledge Skills

  • A comprehensive view of health and health care from an interdisciplinary perspective including science, social science, arts and humanities
  • An understanding of the social, biological, and environmental causes of illness
  • Knowledge of the Canadian health care system including institutions, jurisdiction, and funding
  • The ability to think critically about medicine, technology and health care systems
  • An understanding of how health encourages and supports social justice pursuits at the local and international level
  • Knowledge of health care management, policies and political structures
  • Long term trends in health and disease, and the impact of epidemic disease on societies
  • An understanding of Canadian health care governance and decision making processes
  • The ability to conduct effective research and critically evaluate health-related information
  • Knowledge of epidemiology and the factors that govern the measurement and analysis of health and disease in populations
  • Knowledge of the historical development and current use of health care networks
  • The impact of diversity, racism, self-cultural awareness, and intercultural communications on the health care system and workplaces

Valuable Transferable Skills

Information-gathering and Communication Skills

  • The skills required to identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources
  • The ability to compile and organize facts and information and to comprehend and apply new and/or unfamiliar information to different situations and settings
  • Skills in preparing interesting, creative and informative presentations which target diverse audiences
  • The ability to develop attractive/effective reports, presentations and materials using current technology

Thinking, Planning and Organizational Skills

  • The ability to learn, understand and interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations
  • The ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and effectively plan/manage time, data and resources
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively and search for, identify and consider all sides of an issue
  • Skills to effectively analyze and interpret a wide range of information and data to discuss, support and/or reject ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals

Teamwork and Management Skills

  • Skills enabling you to work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, through leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others, to the success of the team
  • An understanding of how to successfully identify, plan and contribute to the goals of a project
  • The ability to oversee, supervise and/or contribute to a project from beginning to end including determining outcomes, planning details, making decisions, assigning roles and completing task

Career Options (Samples Only. Additional education, training or experience may be required.)

Benefits Specialist
Clinical Co-ordinator
Clinical Utilization Co-ordinator
Communications Specialist
Community Engagement
Community Health Educator
Corporate Wellness Specialist
Fundraising Co-ordinator
Government Officer
Health & Safety Co-ordinator
Health & Social Policy
Health Care Administrator
Health Care Recruiter
Health Educator/Promoter
Health Information Specialist
Health Planner
Home/Residential Care Worker
Hospital Administrator
Intake/ Referral Co-ordinator
Massage Therapist
Medical Claims Adjudicator
Medical Office Administrator
Medical Records Administrator
Non-profit Program Co-ordinator
Nurse Practitioner
Occupational Therapist
Outreach Worker
Patient Care Administrator
Pharmaceutical Sales Agent
Physical Therapist
Physician Assistant
Policy Analyst
Project Manager
Prosthetics Technician
Public Health Analyst
Recreation/ Fitness Co-ordinator
Researcher/Research Assistant
Sexual Health Educator
Social Worker
Speech and Language Therapist
Substance Abuse Counsellor
Volunteer Co-ordinator
Weight Management Specialist
Wellness Co-ordinator

Potential Employers

Assisted Living Centres
Colleges and Universities
Commercial Wellness Centres
Community Care Access Centres
Fertility Centres
Fitness and Recreational Centres
Health Advocacy Organizations
(i.e., Lung Association)
Health Research Centres
Insurance Companies
Local Health Integration Networks
Long-term Care Facilities
Medical Offices
Public Health Agencies
Social Services Agencies
Workplace Safety Boards

Additional Study

Community Health
Health Promotion
Occupational/Physical Therapy
Public Administration
Public Policy
Social Work
Speech and Language


Ontario Hospital Association
Canadian Association on Gerontology
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
The Canadian Public Health Association
Canadians for Health Research
Public Health Policy

Are you interested in learning first hand about the careers our alumni have successfully pursued? Connect with Laurier alumni through the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) program. Participating alumni represent a variety of disciplines, careers and industries.

In addition, the Career Centre has compiled Career Profiles from Laurier alumni. Read about their career paths and how their experiences have led them to their current roles.


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