Global Health Careers

GH Careers

Helpful information:

Global Health Career Paths: Learn, Mentor, Practice, Repeat (35mins)

Global Health Matters Podcast

This episode is about global health career paths and approaches. Garry Aslanyan speaks with two career professionals sharing their knowledge of how they chose their path and giving clear guidance on ways to get the support needed to increase opportunities to make a difference in the ever-pressing global health challenges.


The Landscape of Global Health Webinar (55mins)

Learn from CDC's global health experts' career paths, the landscape of global health, public health skills to advance in global health, and more.
Watch the webinar here

Be sure to search other organizations and centers for more information about global health, and job, fellowship, internship, and volunteer opportunities:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Founded in 1951, ACOG is the premier professional membership organization for obstetrician-gynecologists. The College produces practice guidelines for health care professionals and educational materials for patients, provides practice management and career support, facilitates programs and initiatives to improve women’s health, and advocates for members and patients.

American Medical Association 

Improving the health of the nation is at the core of the AMA's work to enhance the delivery of care and enable physicians and health teams to partner with patients to achieve better health for all.

American Medical Student Association Global Health Action Committee 

Economic disparities lie at the root of health problems the world over. The staggering poverty that sabotages the households of billions of our fellow humans must be a focus of our advocacy. Including issues like debt relief in our efforts will help to provide our work some measure of sustainability.

Andean Health and Development 

Andean Health & Development (AHD) is fundamentally changing rural health care in Ecuador by providing sustainable, quality medical care today and by training the rural health care leaders of tomorrow.

ALDEA (formerly Behrhorst Partners for Development)

We organize our work around one overarching objective: to reduce chronic childhood malnutrition in Mayan communities. The cornerstone of our programs is empowerment. We develop the leadership and problem-solving skills of women, men, and youth to address both the dietary and environmental root causes of childhood malnutrition.

Center for Disease Control: Global Health 

CDC global health programs typically hire overseas employees at a relatively senior level, GS-13 or its equivalent in the Commissioned Corps. If you are currently at a lower grade, consider applying first for domestic positions that will provide qualifying experience.

Center for Disease Control Foundation

Established by Congress as an independent, nonprofit organization, the CDC Foundation connects the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with private-sector organizations and individuals to build public health programs that make our world healthier and safer. Since 1995, the CDC Foundation has provided $450 million to support CDC's work, launched more than 750 programs around the world and built a network of individuals and organizations committed to supporting CDC and public health.

Child Family Health International-GH electives

Child Family Health International (CFHI) provides community-based Global Health Education Programs for health science students and institutions. Our unique model fosters reciprocal partnerships and empowerment in local communities, transforming perspectives about self, healing and global citizenship.

CIDRZ Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia

CIDRZ has been an active partner of the Zambian Ministry of Health since inception and today our healthcare service programmes support more than 330 Government of the Republic of Zambia clinics located in all ten provinces. CIDRZ staff have played an instrumental role in the introduction and scale-up of Prevention of Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission (PMTCT) and adult and paediatric antiretroviral therapy (ART); integration of ART services into TB, Outpatient and Antenatal Clinics; introduction and expansion of innovative “See and Treat” diagnosis and treatment for cancer of the cervix; and scale-up of voluntary medical male circumcision services. 

Cross-Cultural Solutions

Our Mission is to operate volunteer programs around the world in partnership with sustainable community initiatives, bringing people together to work side-by-side while sharing perspectives and fostering cultural understanding. We are an international nonprofit organization with no political or religious affiliations.

Doctors for Global Health

To improve health and foster other human rights with those most in need by accompanying communities, while educating and inspiring others to action.

FHI 360 (formerly Family Health International)

FHI 360 envisions a world in which all individuals and communities have the opportunity to reach their highest potential. The mission is to improve lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally drive solutions for human development.

Global Impact

Global Impact builds partnerships and resources for the world’s most vulnerable people.

Global Service Corps

The Global Service Corps mission is to design and implement volunteer service-learning and community development programs that benefit the volunteer participants and positively impact the communities they serve. 

Global Volunteers

Our methods of volunteer engagement and program management set the standard for appropriate community service. We take comprehensive, integrated approach to community development to catalyze sustained partnerships directed by local leaders, targeting at-risk children. Each program is evaluated frequently, and maintained over the long term.

Health Volunteers Overseas

Health Volunteers Overseas is dedicated to improving the availability and quality of health care through the education, training and professional development of the health workforce in resource-scarce countries.

Himalayan Health Exchange

Himalayan Health Exchange's expeditions combine service, education and adventure to provide care to the underserved populations in select, remote areas of Indo-Tibetan Borderlands. Each trip combines service and adventure, with team members providing care while also experiencing the land, its natural environment, people and culture.

Idealist: Action Without Borders

Idealist is all about connecting idealists - people who want to do good - with opportunities for action and collaboration. With more than 100,000 organizations and 1.4 million monthly visitors to our English, Spanish (, and French ( sites, Idealist helps people move from intention to action all over the world.


InterAction serves as a convener, thought leader and voice of our community. Because we want real, long-term change, we work smarter: We mobilize our members to think and act collectively, because we know more is possible that way. We also know that how we get there matters. So we set high standards. We insist on respecting human dignity. We work in partnerships.

Interhealth South America; Study and Service Program in Ecuador for Medical Students and Residents

Interhealth South America has been coordinating study and service programs in Ecuador for North American health professions students and resident physicians since 1999.

International Emergency Medicine

Even for the student who plans for a future career entirely within the US, recognizing and learning to deal with cultural barriers can be very helpful. By rotating outside of the US, medical students are guaranteed to see a health system that spends less per capita than the American system. In 24 other developed countries, students can see systems that spend less and have better health outcomes than in the US.

International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations

IFMSA unites medical students worldwide to lead initiatives that impact positively the communities we serve. IFMSA represents the opinions and ideas of future health professionals in the field of global health, and works in collaboration with external partners. IFMSA builds capacity through training, project and exchanges opportunities, while embracing cultural diversity so as to shape a sustainable and healthy future.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

To inspire, encourage, facilitate and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies, with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering, and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.

International Health Central American Institute

We generate new, and harness existing, knowledge to address the complex and difficult challenges of health care and access to health information by professionals and health consumers.  We focus on reducing the disproportionate burden disease of poor people. Our major areas of work are research skill development, critical appraisal, analysis and translation of scientific knowledge into professional health care practice and community use.

International Healthcare Opportunities Clearinghouse

The International Healthcare Opportunities Clearinghouse (IHOC) web site is designed for health-care professionals and students who are interested in volunteer work with underserved communities at home or abroad.

International Medical Corps

International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

International Medical Volunteers Association

The International Medical Volunteers Association (IMVA) is a nonprofit organization that promotes, facilitates, and supports voluntary medical activity through education and information exchange.

International Service Learning

Our mission is to support cultural awareness, service-based learning and sustainable development projects through experiential and responsible volunteer travel programs that inspire local and global service.  

Mayan Medical Aid

It is the mission of Mayan Medical Aid to break this cycle of poverty and malnutrition, while maintaining the important cultural traditions of the Maya. By providing adequate nutrition, primary health care, and sanitation, our organization will intervene to disrupt the centuries-old pain and suffering the Mayan people continue to endure on a daily basis.

NIH’s Fogarty International Center

The Fogarty International Center is dedicated to advancing the mission of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by supporting and facilitating global health research conducted by U.S. and international investigators, building partnerships between health research institutions in the U.S. and abroad, and training the next generation of scientists to address global health needs.


Since 1998, Omni Med has worked to inspire many within the medical profession to make such ideals become a reality; specifically, by placing providers in developing countries directly through our varied programs, and by inspiring and encouraging many more. Ultimately, we aim to make this most urgent work a part of the very fabric of health professionals’ lives everywhere.

PAHO: The Pan American Health Organization

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), founded in 1902, is the world’s oldest international public health agency. It provides technical cooperation and mobilizes partnerships to improve health and quality of life in the countries of the Americas.

Partners in Health

Our mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. By establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations based in settings of poverty, Partners In Health strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair.

Peace Corps

To promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals: to help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women, to help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served, to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Public Health Jobs

Managed by the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), jobs in public health are listed from across the U.S. 

Project Hope

Delivering health education, medicines, supplies and volunteers where needed.

Unite for Sight

We scale our overall impact on global health delivery by developing and nurturing the next generation of global health leaders. Our Global Impact Fellows are immersed in effective global health programs. Their extensive pre-departure training accelerates their impact, engagement, and competency when they are abroad. They learn first-hand about best practices in public health, international development, cultural competency, and cross-cultural communication. 

United Nations Foundation

We work hand in hand with the World Health Organization, UNICEF and other UN agencies to develop and expand major initiatives to help families survive and thrive. In support of world-renowned international health partnerships, we have mobilized hundreds of millions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of people, brought new private-sector partners into the field, helped strengthen the capacity of UN health agencies working with national governments and provided program expertise to help save lives around the world. 

UVP Online Volunteers

The UN Volunteers service connects volunteers with organizations working for sustainable human development. Volunteers contribute their skills online to help organizations address development challenges. Organizations collaborate with online volunteers over the Internet to strengthen the impact of their development work. 

WHO Internships

The World Health Organization (WHO) as the leader in global public health issues is committed to building future leaders in public health. WHO's Internship Programme offers a wide range of opportunities for students to gain insight in the technical and administrative programmes of WHO.

**This list is not all-inclusive. If your organization offers opportunities in global health, please contact Danielle Thies, in order to be added to our evolving list.