First off, if this is in the wrong section, I apologize. This is the first time I’ve posted here so this was my best guess of where it should go. For the last year or so I’ve been interested in getting an MPH after I finish nursing school. I’d really like to work in global health, and am most interested in emphaizing in population, family and sexual health. I am worried, however, that having a background in nursing won’t be enough “hard skills” to get a job and that much of what I will learn through my MPH will mainly be "soft skills " and theory which, while great, won’t make me as competitive in global health as some of the more practical fields like epidemiology and biostats. Am I overthinking this? On other forums I’ve heard people talk about an “MPH bubble,” which makes it hard for graduates without useful skills to get jobs, especially in a more theory based emphasis like global health. I tried to talk myself into emphasizing in epidemiology, but I’m just not as interested in it as I would like to be if I’m going to major in it. I’m worried that if I major in epidemiology, I’ll spend most of my time in a lab or doing statistical models instead of working with people like I want to. I also am not to keen on taking more math (already taken three years), and know many course will want me take at least a semester of calculus, which would take another year. Does anyone know any other courses, skills, etc. I could take during my undergraduate years? Should I not rule out epidemiology if I want a decent job?
I’m planning on doing a 2 year stint in the Peace Corps and then possibly a year with Doctors without Borders after I graduate, so I think I’ll be okay on international experience. I’ve also been working in health care since I graduated high school, and will have 6 years experience when I graduate nursing school.
Here are classes I’ve taken/will take that will be (hopefully) relevant to the field:
Statistics 1 and 2
General Nutrition and Nutritional Epidemiology
General Economics (micro and macro, though more of a focus on macro)
Child Abuse and Neglect
I’m also minoring in political science
Anyway, hope that wasn’t too long, and I’d appreciate any help I can get!