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Careers in Global Health

Global health is a vast field encompassing multi- and interdisciplinary fields and allowing for diverse career pathways in Canada and internationally. 

Graduates of the Global Health program may launch careers in policy development, health systems administration and management, education, research, community outreach, advocacy, community healthcare planning, infectious disease management, program planning and evaluation. Potential employers include health agencies, hospitals, government, research institutions, the private and non-profit sectors, as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) locally, in Canada and internationally. Potential roles include policy analyst, clinic or program manager, health educator or promoter, research assistant or coordinator, community health or outreach worker, or information specialist.

The Global Health degree may also serve as a springboard for entry into professional programs such as medicine, allied health professions such as nursing, physiotherapy or social work, health administration, law or other graduate degrees.

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

  • Optimizing public health care by monitoring trends in the burden of disease and health determinants, and by providing information to support evidence-based decision making.
  • Applying public health knowledge and skills to promote health promotion programming and awareness around a range of communicable and non-communicable diseases.
  • Enhancing disease prevention and control programs by collecting, analyzing, interpreting and disseminating information related to various diseases and conditions.
  • Integrating principles of equity, social justice and collaboration into health program implementation and evaluation processes as well as priority outcomes.
  • Identifying behavioral interventions that are tailored to contextual social norms, circumstances and resources of communities.
  • Supporting equitable policy making and guideline development by assessing and addressing social and structural barriers to health and wellbeing.
  • Identifying strategies for non-profit, community-based health agencies to maximize use of existing resources.
  • Aligning health program planning and interventions with global mandates, such as the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Devising approaches to work across cultures and geographic boundaries by meaningfully engaging with communities and key stakeholders, in particular those who are marginalized.

Career Exploration

Learn more about what you can do with your Global Health degree.

Explore potential careers and prepare for the job search (resumes, interviews, and more) through one-on-one support and workshops offered by Career Education & Development. Programs and services are available to all current students and new graduates (for up to two years after graduation).