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Global Health Careers - Your Role

in the previous video we talked about identifying your area of interest and in this video we're going to talk about understanding where it is that you might be able to add value what is your role in the public health space hi my name is Greg Martin I'm trying to help students and young professionals think through how it is that they're going to fit into the global health space the next video is going to focus on the skills that you're going to need and the one after that is going to focus on the kinds of organizations that you might want to work for so let's talk about the roles that you might want to play and how it is that you're going to add value in global health the reason that this is an important question is that there's so many possible avenues that you could go down when you're looking at job adverts you could just randomly apply for anything that you see that you'd be better off refining your search and narrowing your search and applying for jobs where you really feel that that position is suited for you and I want to try and help you understand what the options are this is really about thinking through where it is that you're going to fit in and the trick here is to ask the right questions I've divided the questions into firstly where do you want to work secondly what are your strengths what are your interests and finally what do you want to be doing on a day to day basis in thinking about these questions let's do a little thought exercise let's imagine a hypothetical Global Health Organization now this organization will have certain generic traits and it'll employ people to fill specific roles so for example this organization might have its headquarters in Geneva or New York City and it may have country officers in Africa and you need to decide where it is that you want to work what physical location do you want to be in the organization structure might include senior management and leadership an Operations team that includes finance admin Human Resources project managers that get things done monitoring and evaluation staff communications officer a resource mobilization team or fundraisers and frontline implementers that are getting things done so firstly just to help you think through the question of where it is that you want to work decide if you want to work in the developing or developed country now you might want to work and get experience in the frontline in a healthcare in a rural area of a developing country and that'll be a great way to get experience if you're young or you might want to work in a developing country with the Department of Health and get involved with policy and planning you might be from a developing country and you might want to impact global health issues at the headquarters of an organization like the wh UNICEF with World Bank and so you might want to live in one of those cities in Geneva or New York or you might be from a rich country and you might want to stay close to home for personal reasons you might have kids you might be married it might be difficult for you to travel and go to a developing country the next question is what are your interests what are your strengths where's your experience in the previous video in this series I focused on helping you identify what your interests are and if you haven't watched that go back and watch that now I'm not going to be able to cover all of that detail in this video and so we'll move on to the final question and this is important you need to think through what it is that you want to do on a day-to-day basis what does your day look like when you get out of bed what's ahead of you would you like to be working for a funding organization and be evaluating applications from implementing partners and monitoring the progress of projects that you funded or would you like to be on the other side of that and working with the team that plans interventions all you want to be on the frontline implementing and doing the project management of these interventions you might want to work across an organization and help with the communication of that organization's messages to stakeholders or you might be interested in collecting and making sense of data do you want to advocate for change in an area that you feel is important do you want to work alone or do you want to work on a team or do you want to manage a team and focus on a process or you might want to be involved with the smooth running of the organization in general or you might want to be involved with fundraising and resource mobilization in any event you're going to need to think through what it is that you want to do on a day to day basis once you've thought about these questions you'll be able to narrow down your search and you'll be able to say for example I'd like to work in a developing country I'd like to work on project management and specifically I'd like to work with the team that's doing implementation of public health programs or I'd like to work in Geneva I'd like to work as a communications officer and I'd like to work in the area of advocacy the more you can narrow down how and where and what it is you want to do to add value the more you're going to be able to identify the right career opportunities for you the next video is going to be about the essential skills you need to be effective in the global health space and the one after that is going to be about the organizations you might want to work for I hope you found this useful I'm going to place a link in the description below this video to a playlist on videos on careers I've made a few of them this YouTube channel also has teaching videos on epidemiology ethics finding and using data etc so please subscribe if you haven't already thanks for watching

Otis Rodgers



  1. Lexi Posted on July 12, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Does getting a bachelors of science degree in environmental science/environmental health/ environmental biology and then getting a masters in public health degree make sense? Also, I want to work on the front lines and take part in studies that deal with how things like air pollution effect population's health. I want to be outdoors collecting data, helping people, creating change, and having an exciting career. Is public health the route to take for what I want to do? (I ask because I had watched a video a few days back from an epidemiologist, and he talked about how he mostly just sat back and looked at & interpreted stats he was given… that sounded horrible to me. Is that what most careers in public health are like?)

  2. Lara Angel Posted on July 12, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Hello! I have a psychology bachelor degree, can i go to public health master?

  3. Yuri Takahashi Posted on July 12, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Hello Dr.Martin, I'm Yuri, a Japanese university student. I'm really interested in obesity issues, and I read on one website there are some jobs like obesity prevention coordinator, but is studying public health the right choice for me? I don't see job titles like that on any career website 🙁

  4. Chiraz BenAbdelkader Posted on July 12, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    (followup to my comment to the previous video in this series) Yet another very helpful video!! As an aspiring quantitative analyst and researcher for GH, I don't see my role in any of those mentioned in this video. I see myself working in the HQ of some international health organization, occasionally doing fields trips to developing countries for data collection, understanding of the problems, and in-context interpretation of results. Does this make sense? Any feedback will be greatly appreciated!

  5. Lumbuka Chisanga Posted on July 12, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Hey Greg,I love your videos they inspire me.I would like to ask for any information concerning studying global health.I am from Zambia ,unfortunately there is no global health program.I tried searching for universities offering Masters in Global Health but they are too expensive.Do you have any information on schools that can offer financial support?I am willing to study full time or a distance program because since I started medical school has been my passion.I have already graduated so I am trying to find a great program I can afford.

  6. Jose Perez de la Cruz Posted on July 12, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    You are the master many thanks for this video

  7. norigamis Posted on July 12, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    I learned so much more with this series of videos than in a full semester of careers in public health class

  8. Paula Carazo Posted on July 12, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    This video is amazing, thank you so much for guiding us through the organizational structure and how to narrow down our "role"! I have been working in the World Bank in a int'l law setting, but just finished my MPH from UNC. Since orgs. like the WB are so immense and changing it's difficult to figure out who to approach.

  9. F Miller Posted on July 12, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    @3:11… which role is it that "collects and makes sense of data"? I didn't see a red circle over the group label for that one.


  10. Amy Hsieh Posted on July 12, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    This video is really helpful! Thanks you for sharing these amazing concepts! It helps me to figure out the career I want to persuit. I'm a college student and major in biochemistry. Recently I'm thinking about doing a master degree in public health, but very wondering if the career is right for me. After waching your video, now I know this is the path I really want to go. Thanks a lot!

  11. Laura Ighedesa Posted on July 12, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Great info! It's exciting to hear what is available throughout the world. I want to find where I will be most useful after I complete my degree in May 2016, Bachelors of Science, Associates in
    Medical Laboratory Sciences, and Honorary Degree in Biblical Studies. Thanks

  12. CeLiA2388 Posted on July 12, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Thank you so much Martin for providing such invaluable information to me and the wider public. This series of videos (amongst many others) have helped me narrowed down the areas in public health that I would like to dedicate my service to. May I ask if a degree in MPH is necessary if I want to be involved in project management/implementation of health projects? Can't wait to hear more on this topic in your next two videos. Thanks again!

  13. Vanessa A. Posted on July 12, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Thank you so much for this video!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. TheSchmurf Posted on July 12, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Thanks for this series Greg. I've shared this with students and colleagues and I know we all appreciate your work in this area. Certainly helps focus the mind.

  15. jamesgg47 Posted on July 12, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Good Evening Dr. Martin,Thank you for sharing your wisdom about Global Health! I'm pursuing a degree in psychology, and upon completion I plan on traveling the world to fight mental health disorders. I have recently found out that a large majority of the population suffers from mental illnesses as they age. If possible, when you create your organizations video can you mention some global organizations that have mental health departments or organizations that primarily deal with mental health disorders/treatments?Thanks again for the sage advice!

  16. Max DaVinci Posted on July 12, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Hello. Your videos have really helped me as I envision a career in Public Global Health. I have an MD, I'm 24 years old and from Mexico, and I want to do a Master's Degree in Global Health. Do I need to have already such a determined path before even going to school? To be honest, I'm doing this because I want to make a change in the world; I love everything about health, so I'm having a hard time trying to narrow down my goals and prioritizing them.

  17. Jessica Taaffe Posted on July 12, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    REALLY helpful! This video quickly distilled what's taken me years to figure out about the ways/levels in which you can work in global health.

  18. Terry L Schmidt DrHA Posted on July 12, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Dr Martin adds to his series on careers in Global Health. Excellent for all us to focus our career options.