Episode 34 Heather Krasna

A discussion on the public health workforce, with Assistant Dean and Director of Career Services at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Heather Krasna

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Show Notes

In this episode, Sujani speaks with Assistant Dean and Director of Career Services at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Heather Krasna about the public health workforce. They discuss the 3rd edition of 101+ Careers in Public Health, Heather’s co-authored publication that is set to be released in the fall. Heather relays her advice for getting employed in the public health sector after spending 22 years as a career coach.


You’ll Learn

  • About recent publications in the field of public health workforce research
  • More on what is classified as a position in the field of public health
  • The number of graduates entering the public versus the private sphere
  • The literature on workforce taxonomies and the labour market competition for public health graduates
  • More on the rising sectors for employment opportunities for public health graduates
  • About the public health career opportunities that are available for graduates with a Bachelor of Arts degree
  • Tips on successful networking
  • Steps to creating meaningful workplace connections leading to employment opportunities

Today’s Guest

Heather Krasna

Heather Krasna, MS, EdM, has served as 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 22 years as a career services professional, she has served as Director of Career Services at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs as well as Internship Program Coordinator at Baruch College, CUNY.

She is currently pursuing her PhD in Public Health at the Care and Public Health Research Institute of 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, as well as a bachelor of arts in anthropology from the University of Michigan. She has published several articles in leading academic journals on the public health workforce, 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 being co-author of the book, 101+ Careers in Public Health, 3rd Edition, she is the author of Jobs That Matter: Find a Stable, Fulfilling Career in Public Service (2010) as well as more than 100 blog articles. She has a small private practice, specializing in careers in nonprofits, government, health, the social sector. To learn more, visit her website at heatherkrasna.com



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