Hi! I have visited this site as a visitor since March 07. I came across it by researching for a paper on Abstinence Only Sex Educaton vs. Comprehensive Sex Education. I really think this site is amazing for people of ALL ages and it promotes a comprehensive education, which I LOVE!!! Anyway, since doing the sex education research paper I have wanted to get into a career that promotes the kind of knowlesge towards sex education that you promote. I am a Junior at the University of Houston majoring in Kinesiology- Wellness/Fitness. I know I want to get my Master's. Where could I go that has an emphasis on human sexuality and adolescent health? How might I get into this field of work, other than working at Planned Parenthood.
Posts: 1 | From: Houston, TX | Registered: Sep 2007
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Hi Tara. It's a personal bias of mine, but I'd recommend getting a masters degree in public health. Public health can be as broad as you want it to be, and it can be as focused as you want it to be. I studied biostatistics and epidemiology at the Keck School of Medicine at USC. I did my masters thesis on health education focusing on sexual health. I didn't have to work for PP; instead, I was an intern with my local health department (which sounds like small potatoes, until you consider that we cover 10 million people!). When I finished my degree, I took a job with the health department (studying other infectious diseases; STD wasn't hiring at the time!).
Anyway, public health is great. It's always in demand. It pays decently (I wouldn't say "well" but I'm not in debt, if that counts for anything).
Many universities have school of public health. Others fold their public health programs into their schools of medicine.
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