Career Options

Global Health is one of the 21st century faces of medicine addressing the most important and novel issues in health. Those with appropriately rigorous education in the field will likely find significant professional opportunity.  Notably, recent Bureau of Labor statistics predict the healthcare and social assistance industries will generate twenty-eight percent of all new jobs in the United States. Ten of the twenty fastest growing occupations are related to healthcare.1

MSGH Potential

MSGH graduates set their sights on jobs in government, academia and research institutes, multinational organizations, such as UN agencies, NGOs, donor agencies, consulting companies, and voluntary organizations.2  The global health market is often considered relevant to at least seven categories of professionals, including:

  • Researchers – focused on curing disease through academia, foundation work or pharmaceutical companies
  • Clinicians – traditional healthcare workers such as doctors and nurses
  • Epidemiologists – those who analyze disease patterns and investigate outbreaks
  • Program managers – area specialists who design, implement, and monitor global health initiatives
  • Program administrators – those who provide administrative support (e.g., accounting, finance, and grant writing) to global health initiatives
  • Social entrepreneurs – those who raise awareness of and implement solutions via social ventures
  • Health policy analysts – those that focus on the policy infrastructures that help improve global health systems and outcomes3



3  Oliver Subasinghe, “Global Health Jobs: What You Need to Know” (2009)

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