More Hispanics, Asians and Pacific Islanders are getting a degree in public health.
U.S. News and World Report
By Delece Smith-Barrow
December 8, 2014
The health care workforce in the U.S. looks significantly different from many of its patients.
About 4 percent of doctors are African-American, even though African-Americans make up 13 percent of the population, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. And while Hispanics were 16.3 percent of the population in 2010, about 5.4 percent were dentists, according to the Hispanic Dental Association. The number of minorities are also low in nursing and other health fields.
But when it comes to the number of minorities in public health, a career that includes jobs for teaching about health care and building healthy communities, minorities are growing strong in numbers.
The percentage of Asian and Pacific Islanders receiving a bachelor’s degree in public health increased from 5 to 12 percent between 2003 and 2012, according to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. There was also a 3 percentage point growth among Hispanics between 2003 and 2012.[Learn which soft skills lead to academic success.]
The number of black graduates actually decreased – from 23 percent in 2003 to 18 percent in 2012 – though African-Americans are still more represented in the public health sector than other health care disciplines…
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