Global health jobs: What you need to know

Unified Health System staff train nurses in Recife, Brazil, in a program funded by the Inter-American Development Bank. Building local capacity is a key focus of many global health practitioners. Photo by: Willie Heinz/IDB

Afraid of needles? Most jobs in global health don’t require a lab coat or medical degree. This growing field offers career paths ranging from the extremely technical to more generalist positions, from epidemiologist to social marketer.

Global health addresses issues that cut across multiple borders, such as the eradication of tuberculosis — unlike international health, which is seen as tackling problems that mainly affect two countries, such as a cholera outbreak in a border region. Unlike some economic development work, global health can result in nearly instantaneous results, experts say.

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  • Oliver Subasinghe

    Oliver joined Devex in late 2008 as an international development correspondent and researcher. He previously served as a microfinance fellow for Kiva in Kenya and Uganda. During his tenure, he worked with Kiva’s field partners to improve their operations and governance. Oliver holds a master's in business from the College of William & Mary.