Who Works in Public Health?

Public Health Career Stories

Meeting people and hearing their career stories can be a great way to figure out if you might be interested in the same type of work. When considering a new career, it's always a good idea to interview someone working in that area, to shadow them while they work, or to get some other type of hands-on experience.

There are a number of ways to find people to talk to about their careers in public health. You could start by contacting your local public department, or by speaking with someone at one of the many state or national professional associations of public health.

Learn More: Who Works in Public Health?

These stories from public health professionals give you a sneak peek into the many different paths that professionals take to arrive at a public health career.

Renee Frauendienst, PHN, Stearns County Public Health Meet Renee Frauendienst, PHN
Stearns County Public Health
Meet Kim Edelman, MPH
Minnesota Department of Health
Kim Edelman, MPH, Minnesota Department of Health
Jay Jaffee, Minnesota Department of Health Meet Jay Jaffee
Minnesota Department of Health

Share Your Public Health Career Story

Results from the Minnesota Pathways Project (supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) suggest that people are more likely to consider pursuing a career in public health if they can personally relate to the story of someone in the field. By sharing the rich and varied experiences of public health professionals in Minnesota, we hope to inspire the next generation of professionals.

ShareWe are interested in featuring stories from people of all personal backgrounds, from all sub-specialties of the field, working in the state and local health agencies, at all different points in their careers.

If you are a public health professional in Minnesota, and would like to share your story (or know someone who would), share it with MDH.

In your email, please include the following information:

  • Your name;
  • Your credentials (list degrees and certifications);
  • Your public health specialty area;
  • The agency you work for;
  • How long you've worked in public health; and
  • What first attracted you to a career in the field of public health.

When we respond to your email, we'll let you know if we are interested in using your story and will arrange a time to interview you.