This major is a program that focuses on the application of public health specializations, the social and behavioral sciences, and policy and communications methods to the study of health problems in low- and middle-income countries and regions and prepares individuals to function as professional international health specialists.
Includes instruction in health education and promotion, research design and evaluation, infectious disease epidemiology, international health policy and management, public nutrition and food security, information systems, program evaluation, medical anthropology, international communication, behavioral sciences, maternal and child health, demography and population policy, and health care finance and economics.
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What can you do with a major/degree in International Public Health/International Health Major?
In the field of International Public Health, you will likely work more on a global basis (scale) to protect people and their environment from potential hazards relative to the environment and ecology of the area. You may recommend/apply protective mediations to control the hazards. Examples of international public health ‘hazards’ include (but not exclusive to) disease, natural disaster, pandemic, and civilian casualties of war.
Jobs titles include diplomat, service employee, teacher, and advisor. Typically, a bachelor’s degree is needed. However, there are certificate and associate degree programs.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in International Public Health/International Health Major
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- International Association on Public Health
- International Association of Public Health Logistics
- World Federation of Public Health Associations
Publications/Magazines in International Public Health/International Health Major