Careers in Global Health

Careers in global health are often divided into clinical and non-clinical with opportunities in both addressing issues of public/global health and epidemiology, or work in leadership roles abroad and with agencies such as UNICEF and the World Health Organization.  Non-clinical graduates can hold valuable positions addressing nutrition, policy development for infectious diseases and health care management.

Career options for graduates include policy development, health systems administration and management, education, research, community outreach, community healthcare planning, infectious disease management, program planning and evaluation. Employers include local health agencies, hospitals, government, the private and non-profit sectors, as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) locally, in Canada and overseas. The Global Health degree can also serve as a pre-professional degree for programs such as medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, health law and health administration or relevant graduate degrees.

Specific examples of how graduates may contribute to public health and global health policy regionally, nationally and globally include:

  • Identifying and promoting the beneficial effects of exercise to help the public understand the ability of exercise to lessen stress and the risks of chronic disease
  • Promoting a healthy environment by monitoring air pollution levels so that those with lung disease can take the appropriate steps to ensure their safety. Developing programs and publicizing the health impacts of air pollution to encourage public officials to develop programs to offset emissions. Encouraging drivers to use public transit or cycle or walk to work.
  • Help lower the incidence of diabetes in high risk and vulnerable immigrant communities by building awareness of diabetes and its complications, and identifying how to prevent diabetes by healthy eating and an active lifestyle.
  • Identifying strategies for non-profit, community-based health agencies to maximize use of existing resources.
  • Enhancing infection prevention and control programs by collecting, analyzing, interpreting and disseminating information related to various diseases and conditions.
  • Optimizing public health care by monitoring trends in health and health determinants, and by providing information for evidence-based decision making.

Career Examples:

  • Global Health Policy Analyst
  • Health Systems Planner
  • Clinic manager/administration – community health
  • Health educator/health promoter – chronic diseases, communicable diseases, maternal/child wellbeing
  • Health researcher
  • Community health worker
  • Community development – environmental health, sustainable water, housing
  • Information specialist
  • Systems integration specialist