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  • 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.

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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).
    4. 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).
    5. 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).
    6. 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.
    7. 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.
    8. 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.
    9. 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.