7 global development career paths for MPH graduates

By Kate Warren 28 April 2015

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.  

Global health is a broad field, however, and there are many different career paths you can choose — all that either require or heavily prefer candidates with an MPH.

If you are pursuing or have recently completed an MPH, here are seven different career paths to consider.

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Kate Warren@DevexCareers

Kate Warren is the senior director and editor of careers and recruiting content at Devex. With more than a decade of international development recruitment experience working with 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.


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