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Public Health Salaries in Oklahoma

The state of Oklahoma has been aggressively working to improve the health of its residents through its Healthy Oklahoma 2020 strategic plan. Since the report was first issued in 2010, Oklahoma has made major gains in critical health metrics, including reductions in the rate of infant mortality and reductions in the use of tobacco among both adults and adolescents.

Oklahoma spent more than $168.2 million on public health in fiscal year 2013-14, while the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) spent an additional $88.5 million that year. This level of public health spending directly impacts the availability of jobs for professionals in this field, and helps to raise the bar on the salaries they are offered.


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MPH@GW is the online Master of Public Health program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. Fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), MPH@GW allows you to attend classes online, view and complete coursework 24/7 from anywhere and collaborate with renowned professors and accomplished peers without putting your life on hold. Complete your MPH in one year. GRE waivers available.

UNC's Gillings School of Global Public Health, top-ranked on U.S. News' most recent list in 2015, offers an online Master of Public Health program, MPH@UNC.

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health is the preeminent public health agency in the state, operating a sophisticated web-based platform for disease reporting to facilitate the surveillance of infectious diseases. Oklahoma’s Administrative Code requires clinicians to report certain diseases immediately, including measles, rabies, and suspected cases of bioterrorism. Epidemiologists report emergent infections to healthcare providers and partner agencies through the Oklahoma Health Alert Network.

Environmental health specialists in Oklahoma investigate and consult on such critical topics as possible foodborne diseases and potential cases of exposure to rabies.

A variety of stakeholders in Oklahoma’s public health system contribute to improving the health of the state’s residents. They range from state and local public health officials to healthcare providers to academic researchers and health policy administrators, all of which are well compensated for their unique expertise.

A Look at Public Health Salaries for Professionals in Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission provides the salary ranges for a number of public health professionals who were employed in the Oklahoma City metropolitan statistical area in 2014. Professionals with advanced degrees such as a Master of Public Health are likely to earn on the high end of the salary scales shown here:

Public Health Profession
90th Percentile Annual Salary
Community and Social Services: Community Health Workers
Community and Social Services: Health Educators
Community and Social Services: Rehabilitation Counselors
Community and Social Services: Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselors
Computers and Mathematics: Statisticians
Engineers: Mining & Geological Engineers
Healthcare Practitioners: Occupational Health & Safety Specialists
Life and Social Sciences: Biochemists & Biophysicists
Life and Social Sciences: Environmental Scientists & Specialists
Life and Social Sciences: Epidemiologists
Life and Social Sciences: Microbiologists
Life and Social Sciences: Social Scientists
Public Administration: Social & Community Service Managers

A Salary Analysis for Public Health Professionals Throughout Oklahoma

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed breakdown of the hourly wages and annual salaries of a number of different types of public health professionals who worked in Oklahoma in 2014:

Annual mean wage
Social and Community Service Managers
Mining and Geological Engineers Including Mining Safety Engineers
Biological Scientists All Other
Environmental Scientists and Specialists Including Health
Social Scientists and Related Workers All Other
Social Science Research Assistants
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
Rehabilitation Counselors
Healthcare Social Workers
Health Educators
Community Health Workers
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists

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