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Employment Opportunities and Experiences among Recent Master’s-Level Global Health Graduates

Monday, August 19, 2019

The global health workforce has changed considerably, with health systems increasingly relying upon local and nationally trained staff and management. As such, the impetus has increased for universities in high-income countries (HICs) to develop programs that provide graduates the diversification of skills to fit current global health demands. 

Expansion of global health education programs is well documented and presumed to be the result of a rapid increase in students interested in social accountability, health equity and health advocacy, rather than a reflection of an increase in employer demand.

Significant intra-national health disparities exist in many countries and are highlighted as impetus for a global health workforce with domestically focused expertise. Yet, despite uncertain job prospects and reduced funding for international activities, students are frequently drawn to international global health programs by the glamor of working in far-away low- and middle-income country settings (LMICs), as well as the desire to do meaningful work.

Our Executive Director Jessica Evert co-authored a paper that seeks to examine the job search, employment experiences, and job availability of recent global health-focused master’s level graduates. Read the full article at the Annals of Global Health.