Global Health Career Connections

Global Health Experts Share Their Best Career Advice for Emerging Professionals (May 2021)

Finding A Global Health Opportunity

  • Check out the Department of Global Health’s map of experience for faculty and their projects around the world.
  • Visit the DGH Student Blog where there are Student Opportunities, Practicum, and other opportunities posted regularly for all levels of students.
  • Set up information interviews: Set up short meetings with faculty or staff at organizations you’re interested in or who are working within areas of global health that you’d like to work. Explore career options and learn about opportunities as they arise.
  • Attend a DGH Event: Network with presenters and community members (the DGH and SPH hold career events throughout the year that include opportunities for networking including career fairs and workshops).
  • Review funding opportunities


Everyday new international jobs from NGOs, non-profits, charities and governmental organizations

The Association of Schools of Public Health 
Association of Schools of Public Health offers a free job search engine. New jobs are added daily. Site includes Federal, State, local government, private, non-profit, academic, and international employer listings.

AMSA International Health Opportunities Database lists a wide array of opportunities including job opportunities for dental, medical, nursing, public health and pre-med students.

Consortium of Universities for Global Health
Announcements page periodically posts job announcements.

Over 100 international development Jobs and Consultancies are listed in this newsletter. It is free to post jobs in this newsletter and on our website.

Devex is a social enterprise bringing efficiency to international development through recruiting and business information services. Its members find jobs, projects, news - and professional connections - on Devex has a plethora of global health jobs at every level and many of its institutional members scan its profiles to short list candidates for jobs. Devex has a student membership at the rate of $7.50 per month.

Duke University Career Resources
The Duke Global Health Institute offers career advising and professional development support for undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni pursuing a career in global health.

Foreign Policy Association Job Board
Foreign Policy Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring the American public to learn more about the world. FPA provides independent publications, programs and forums to increase public awareness of, and foster popular participation in, matters relating to those policy issues.

Johns Hopkins - Bloomberg School of Public Health Job Listing
A searchable database dedicated to helping you find your next global health opportunity. Resource provided by the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health.

Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP)
The Program develops health professionals at all levels (junior, middle and senior) through fellowship opportunities. Fellowships are limited to two to four years. Internships under this program are established on an on-going basis to encourage the "next generation" of health professionals. Placements are available worldwide, in particular at USAID in Washington and in the field at Missions.

Global Health Trust
The Global Health Trust aims to advance global health equity through strengthening the production, deployment, and empowerment of human resources for health in low-income countries. The work has been launched through a Joint Learning Initiative, a multi-stakeholder participatory learning process, to better understand the role of workers in health systems and to identify new strategies to strengthen their performance.

Idealist connects people, organizations, and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives. Job postings and volunteer opportunities can be searched and sent to you daily.

InterAction Jobs
InterAction, is the largest alliance of U.S.-based international development and humanitarian NGOs job announcements.
There are numerous federal employment opportunities in the field of medicine — including many clinical, research, public health and health policy positions.

Philanthropy Northwest Job Bank 
Northwest focused job postings, several relevant to global health.

Relief Web Vacancies in Humanitarian Jobs Vacancies are posted according to the ReliefWeb mandate, which is to serve the information needs of the humanitarian relief community.

Thousands of federal jobs and internships are posted on this website. There are a number of international jobs and internship opportunities with federal agencies.

WHO Employment

WowJobs provides the largest and most comprehensive job search in Canada by pulling job postings from 6000 sources coast to coast. This mega Canadian job search sites finds over 250,000 jobs north of the border.

Job aggregation site that brings together job seekers and employers to exchange job-related information in Africa. Zebrajobs works with companies and searches the Internet to identify and post job opportunities for skilled professionals in every African nation. Also useful for Africans in the Diaspora who wish to return to their home country by availing a range of employment opportunities.

Towards a Common Definition of Global Health (PDF)
Koplan JP, Bond TC, Merson MH, Reddy KS, Rodriguez MH, Sewankambo NK, Wasserheit JN; Consortium of Universities for Global Health Executive Board. Lancet. 2009 Jun 6;373(9679):1993-5. Epub 2009 Jun 1.

An International Service Corps for Health — An Unconventional Prescription for Diplomacy (PDF)
Kerry VB, Auld S, Farmer P. N Engl J Med. 2010 Sep 23; 363;13:1199-1201.

The New Medical “Missionaries” — Grooming the Next Generation of Global Health Workers (PDF)
Panosian C, Coates TJ. N Engl J Med. 2006 Apr 27;354(17):1771-3.

Global Health: Career Options & Specialization (PDF)
Global Health Education Consortium, Updated October 25, 2012.

Establishing A Career In Global Health Research (PDF)
Grant Dorsey, MD, PhD; Global Health Education Consortium.

Preparing the Next Generation of Global Health Professionals
Sarah Hohl, School of Public Health e-news, May 2010.

The University of Washington Pediatric Residency Program Experience in Global Health and Community Health and Advocacy. Kym Ahrens, F. Bruder Stapleton, and Maneesh Batra, American Medical Association, March 2010.

Towards a Common Definition of Global Health
Jeffrey P Koplan, T Christopher Bond, Michael H Merson, K Srinath Reddy, Mario Henry Rodriguez, Nelson K Sewankambo, Judith N Wasserheit, The Lancet, June 2, 2009.

The Global Challenge, May 16, 2007.

Global Health: Career Options & Specialization
A resource provided by the Global Health Education Consortium (GHEC).

Washington Global Health Alliance Global Health Careers Pipeline Poster (PDF)

University of Washington

UW Language Learning Center (LLC) 
LLC provides services and resources for advancing language study and instruction at the University of Washington. For language students, we offer language learning audio, video, courseware, foreign language computing resources, and the training and support needed to successfully use these resources. For language instructors, we help integrate technology into the language classroom, providing the information, resources, and support necessary to achieve better language learning outcomes.

Educational Outreach English Language Programs 
The mission of the UW Educational Outreach English Language Programs is to further the learning of English among speakers of other languages and to promote global understanding.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)  
Contact at the Jackson School for International Studies

FLAS fellowships provide tuition and health insurance plus a stipend for the study of eligible modern foreign languages. Subject to federal Title VI funding, the University's National Resource Centers will make awards in support of studies related to: Canada; East Asia; Middle East; Russia, East Europe and Central Asia; South Asia; Southeast Asia; and West Europe.

These are competitive fellowships open to graduate and professional students who are US citizens or permanent residents and who meet designated requirements for language study. Applicants to graduate programs compete with current UW students for available awards. Preference is given to students who will begin language study at intermediate or advanced levels.

Seattle Area

Seattle Language Academy 
SLA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote language learning among the residents of Puget Sound, and by extension to promote individual growth and the growth of understanding among the citizens of both the region and the world. SLA's wide range of language programs include: day and evening classes for adults in Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Ancient and Modern Greek, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.


Critical Language Scholarship Program
A program of United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offer intensive summer language institutes overseas in critical need foreign languages. This program provides fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D. students.

Latin Immersion 
The first and only IALC-Approved Schools in Argentina and Chile of the many Spanish language schools in Argentina and Chile, only Latin Immersion has qualified for membership in IALC, International Association of Language Centres. Medical Spanish courses available.

Voluntarios Bolivia
A volunteer, language study and homestay program located in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Caring for the World: A Guidebook to Global Health Opportunities
Paul Drain, Stephen A. Huffman, Sara Pirtle, and Kevin Chan. University of Toronto Press Incorporated; Toronto, CA. 2009. ISBN 978-0-8020-9548-03.

Finding Work in Global Health: A Practical Guide for Job-Seekers or Anyone Who Wants to Make the World a Healthier Place
Garth Osborn and Patricia Ohmans. Health Advocates Press; Saint Paul, MN. 2005. ISBN 0-96756061-6.

A Practical Guide to Global Health Service
Edward O’Neil, Jr. American Medical Association. 2006. ISBN: 978-1-57947-673-1.