Career paths for International Health concentrators include private sector and civil society employment in relief and development organizations, consulting, research, and government service, both domestically and abroad. Our alumni can be found in organizations such as the World Health Organization, USAID, The World Bank, Peace Corps, Doctors without Borders, as well as a wide variety of governmental and non-governmental organizations. In addition, our graduates often pursue further advanced studies in medicine or public health. Employment in international health is highly competitive, and foreign language competency combined with experiences living and working abroad are essential prerequisites for many jobs. Students matriculating into the program without these requisite skills and experiences should be prepared to devote extra time and resources to develop a competitive resume.
Career advising opportunities are available to students in numerous ways. The Career Center, faculty advisors, other faculty, alumni, and field practice supervisors provide valuable guidance to students so that they may use their coursework as a springboard for employment. As members of the active public health workforce, adjunct teaching faculty also provide career counseling and referrals about public health employment and long-term career planning. Additionally, many students receive career advising from their supervisor and colleagues at their field practice site. These individuals can speak practically about employment in the field and often serve as contacts for mentoring, job searches, and contacts for future employment opportunities.
The Career Center
The Career Center (CC) conducts career and job search advising for prospective students, current students, and alumni. CC provides individual career counseling, resume and cover letter critiquing, mock interviews, a Career P.R.E.P. course delivered in a semester-long cohort model, career workshops and seminars, networking opportunities, an annual career fair, and a database of on-line job and internship opportunities. Career panels and information presentations featuring professionals and employers in public health are held several times a year. Often these programs are collaborations between the Career Center, the Practice Office, and the academic departments.
CC also provides networking opportunities for students and alumni. Alumni networking events, and career panels and programs offer students an opportunity to make connections with alumni and community public health professionals that may assist them with their job searches. In addition to connecting students with career opportunities, alumni can often provide informal academic advising surrounding course selection based on their current knowledge of the field.
Students are encouraged to start thinking about their careers early, and should contact Maria McCarthy, Director of Career Services, for their first individual career advising appointment.