Health workers in Burkina Faso await the crowd during the Meningitis Vaccine Launch. Photo by: Gabe Bienczycki / PATH / Gates Foundation / CC BY-NC-ND

If you want to work in global health, you’ll find that a high percentage of positions in this field require a master’s in public health. While clinical degrees like nursing and social work are also in demand, most global health positions are not clinical jobs. Positions typically focus on the community, national or even global level and look at the systems and policies impacting areas like nutrition, infectious disease and maternal and child health.

To learn more about careers in global health, including tips on how to break in and insight into what it is really like to work as a global health worker, watch the Devex webinar on Careers in Global Health.

An MPH program provides a well-rounded education in areas like health policy, social and behavioral sciences, epidemiology and biostatistics. It’s great preparation for a global health career, particularly when combined with an international concentration.  

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  • Kate Warren

    Kate Warren is Executive Vice President and resident talent and careers guru at Devex. With 15 years of global development recruitment experience advising international NGOs, consulting firms, and donor agencies, she has a finger on the pulse of hiring trends across the industry and insider knowledge on what it takes to break in.