In this episode of JPHMP Direct TALK, Dr. Gulzar Shah talks to Dr. Beth Seltzer and Dr. Heather Krasna about the many career paths available in the field of public health.
In the wake of COVID-19, the general awareness of public health is greater than it has been in decades, and so is the interest in building meaningful careers in the field. Today, Beth Seltzer and Heather Krasna, authors of the updated and revised third edition of 101+ Careers in Public Health, join me, Gulzar Shah, in this episode of JPHMP Direct TALK to discuss their book and share advice for students and others looking to enter the public health workforce. Discussing not only emerging career paths but also traditional and familiar job types in public health, they offer comprehensive advice and practical tips.
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About Our Guests
Beth Seltzer, MD, MPH, is a public health physician, board-certified in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine. She has been with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene since 2019, serving as the Director for the Clinical and Scientific Affairs unit in the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention.
Heather Krasna, PhD, MS, EdM, has served as the assistant dean of Career Services at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health since 2013. In this role, she spearheads efforts to ensure that students and alumni of the school obtain meaningful careers in public health by developing career education programs and building connections with employers. Throughout her twenty-two years as a career services professional, she has served as the director of career services at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs as well as the Internship Program coordinator at Baruch College, City University of New York. She earned her PhD in public health at Maastricht University in the Netherlands with a focus on public health workforce research, and she holds a Master of Education in Adult Learning and Leadership from Teachers College Columbia University and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from New School University. She has published several articles on the public health workforce in including the first national study of employment outcomes of public health graduates published since 1992 as well as a unique analysis of more than 38,500 public health job postings. In addition to this book, she is the author of Jobs That Matter: Find a Stable, Fulfilling Career in Public Service (2010).
- Gulzar H. Shah, PhD, MStat, MS, currently serves as a Professor of Health Policy and Management and the Department Chair, Health Policy and Behavior, at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH), Georgia Southern University. He served the JPHCOPH as an Associate Dean for Research before accepting the Department Chair position in 2017. Prior to moving into academia, Dr. Shah spent over 17 years serving in public health practice, first at the Utah State Department of Health, and subsequently at the National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO) and National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). Dr. Shah has extensive experience in developing research designs and performing qualitative and quantitative research on topics in public health services and systems research (PHSSR), including health informatics, public health financing, Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) accreditation, workforce, and health inequities/disparities. Because of his cross-sectoral work and multidisciplinary education, he firmly believes in cross-disciplinary practice-based research to support evidence-based public health practice and policy. Dr. Shah is a trained PHAB site visitor. Dr. Shah is a published poet and enjoys landscape painting.