Where to Study
Deciding to undertake global health study at a graduate level is a big commitment and many of us struggled to decide where we should study. We don’t have any easy answers, but here are a few tips.
- Work out what skills and knowledge you need to get you the job you want (see more about developing your global health toolbox in What to Study). This will make it much easier to decide which course best suits your needs.
- Prioritise your educational needs. Many institutions offer very flexible study options. This can be very attractive, but don’t let convenience compromise the quality of your education. Work out what will suit your learning needs and equip you best for your career.
- Remember that it is more than just completing the course. Some of the biggest benefits from studying global health will be from the relationships you form with colleagues and supervisors. Think about who you want to be working with in the future (and where).
- Find out about financial costs early. There is a big difference in fees between different institutions (and many other hidden costs). Even similar courses at the same institution may have markedly different costs (e.g. varying eligibility for government support/FEE-HELP).
- Seek help with funding. Many institutions offer financial support, but also look out for other organisations that offer scholarships and grants (e.g. Fulbright, Rhodes, government-funded, Rotary, Lion’s Club, and many independent philanthropic organisations).
- Think about the practicalities, but be optimistic. There can be many barriers to taking on global health study but give yourself permission to explore all the options. Involve your family and friends and you may well find unexpected support, ideas and opportunities.
- Talk to a global health mentor and your colleagues. A good mentor will help you work through these questions (without expecting you to do whatever they did). Ask others and you may be surprised to find they have the same questions.
- Talk to people who have studied there. The best way to answer many of the questions above is to find someone who was there. Most universities are happy to pass your contact details on to alumni.
- Ask around the Global Health Gateway. Use the Global Health Gateway Education and Events board and Facebook page to connect with others who have done, or are wanting to do, study in global health.
Hopefully those tips are useful, and if you have more suggestions leave a comment below.
Global Health Educational Institutions
We have collated a list of some of the institutions offering global health related courses both in Australia and New Zealand, and internationally. This is not a comprehensive list and we offer no endorsements – but hopefully it will give you a place to start.
Australian and New Zealand Institutions
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In the US, the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) has a list of accredited public schools and courses in the US. According to 2011 Public Health Ranking, the top 10 MPH schools in the US are:
- Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
- University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health
- Harvard University School of Public Health
- University of Michigan School of Public Health
- Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
- Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
- University of Washington School of Public Health
- University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health
- University of Minnesota School of Public Health
- University of California, Los Angeles UCLA Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has a list of schools of public health in Canada. Of particular note are:
- McGill University, The Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health
- University of Toronto, Master of Public Health (MPH)
- University of British Columbia, School of Population and Public Health
- Queen’s University, Community Health and Epidemiology
- University of Alberta, School of Public Health
- University of Ottawa, Program in Epidemiology
- University of Saskatchewan, School of Public Health
The Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) has an extensive list of schools of public health in Europe. The Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA) has a list of schools with full APHEA accreditation. Of particular note are:
- London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK
- University of Birmingham, School of Health and Population Sciences
- Nottingham University, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Nottingham
- University of Leeds, Nuffield Centre for International Health & Development, Leeds, UK
- University of Liverpool, Master of Public Health Programme, Liverpool, UK
- Karolinska Institutet, Department of Public Health Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden
- University College Dublin, School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Population Science, Dublin, Ireland
- University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Swiss School of Public Health, multiple sites, Switzerland
- Arkhangelsk International School of Public Health, Arkhangelsk, Russia
Asia, Africa, Middle East and Latin America
There are many other excellent schools of public health throughout Asia, Africa and the Middle East – many which offer opportunities for international students. Here are some particularly innovative and notable programs: