Global health is an expansive and everchanging sector. While people initially think of healthcare workers and medical staff, the sector requires interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaboration in its advocates, policy makers, program managers, researchers and social scientists, and communications experts.
Pursuing a Master’s degree can help young professionals develop and hone specialty skills, while grasping what the global trends are and how global health practitioners understand key issues.
As someone without a biomedical background, I was nervous about entering this field. I had assumptions that biomedical, epidemiological, and quantitative data analysis skills are valued above others in the sector. However, I started building my professional network as a Master’s Student in International Development and realized the potential for other competencies.
The global health sector employs folks of diverse, inter-disciplinary backgrounds:
The global health sector requires new and fresh perspectives, ones that reimagine what can affect the most change.
While there are plenty of options for folks without traditional biomedical backgrounds, attending graduate school can come at a massive expense and requires sacrifices in terms of finances and time. There are essential skills that one can grasp outside of a traditional academic setting. If I have any advice, do not pigeonhole yourself. Be open to the opportunities that arise and take advantage of your colleagues’ skills; the world will be richer for it.