Careers in Global Health

GHS major serves as Gilman Ambassador

A Global Health Studies major serves as a Gilman Alumni Ambassador 

The University of Iowa's Global Health Studies Program is a model of interdisciplinary education that engages students and faculty in real world health problems, and challenges them to embark on global health careers which place a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. Students from a wide-range of disciplines (such as international studies, biological sciences, economics, engineering, journalism, and the health professions) complete our degree programs, and our graduates find opportunities in a range of global health job sectors such as: 

  • In-country field consultants

  • Disaster relief organizations

  • Immigrant/refugee health organizations

  • Research and academic institutions

  • International agencies

  • Other non-governmental agencies (NGOs)

  • Lending agencies that do work in developing countries

  • Multi-lateral agencies (such as WHO)

  • Governmental agencies (USAID, CDC, in-country ministries of health, etc.)

Global health studies graduates have also gone on to graduate and professional programs in medicine, pharmacy, nursing, public health, law, non-profit management, urban and regional planning, sustainable agriculture, international development, and public administration.

The Pomerantz Career Center suggests asking yourself, "What work environments and job duties interest me?"  You can use your answers to figure out which direction you would like to go as a graduate of the Global Health Studies Program. The Pomerantz Career Center also provides "Post-Graduation Information and Statistics" on GHS alumni.