Reports, including the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada (2002) and the National Advisory Committee on SARS and Public Health (2003), have consistently called for an expansion of the public health workforce, including those with specific skills in health promotion.

Public Health graduates will be educated and skilled health professionals prepared to fill that need.

Graduate success

Each year, we re-connect with our graduates one year after their graduation and then publish our graduate statistics. Our first class of Public Health students graduated in June 2017; see what they are up to now. Graduate statistics for our 2018 graduates will be available in fall 2019.  

Possible post-degree programs and careers

We anticipate our Bachelor of Public Health graduates will:

Move directly into the workforce in community health centres, public health departments, social services agencies, non-profit organizations concerned with social justice and social services, and health consulting.

Possible careers:

  • Community Relations Officer at a public health unit
  • Policy Developer for an anti-disease organization
  • Community Mediator for an individual rights organization
  • Communications Co-ordinator for a health promotion organization

Pursue professional/graduate programs to enhance their health promotion knowledge.

Possible professional/graduate programs:

  • Public health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health promotion
  • Social work

Applied Health Sciences graduates in public health

Many Applied Health Sciences grads have gone on to careers and post-degree studies in the field of public health.

Astha Ramaiya

International health promotion advocate, and Waterloo Health Studies alumna

When you graduate you’ll be prepared to use the skills you've developed in policy, advocacy, human engagement, mediation, and communication to create change locally and around the world. Astha Ramaiya's (BSc '07) passion for health promotion and social justice led her to internship placements in Nepal and work in Tanzania...


Julie Thompson

Director of Programs, Community Justice Initiatives and Waterloo Therapeutic Recreation alumna

Julie Thompson’s (BA '89) occupation is an example of the type of work you will be well-prepared to do...


Lana and Andrew in hospital

When Lana Vanderlee and Andrew Mitchell went to Nepal as volunteers, it didn’t take long for them to discover a serious problem.

“Very sick children and babies were waiting hours and sometimes days to receive specialized care,” says Vanderlee.

Read Lana and Andrew's full story.