Center for Global Health Alumni Pursue Careers in Global Health
This fall, the Center for Global Health surveyed our alumni to gain a sense of how our programs are facilitating and supporting careers in global health. We found that about 73% of our alumni are currently pursuing a career in global health. Of our alumni, 67% stated that their involvement with the Center influence their decision to pursue a career in global health. One past participant said,
Getting field experience significantly solidified my desire, interest, and capacity to participate in global health research.
Since May of 2006, the Center has supported over 440 students to participate and collaborate with faculty mentors on overseas global health projects. The Center distributed a brief survey to past participates of its programs to understand the career trajectories of its alumni and the Center’s influence on those career decisions. In a similar effort, the Center investigated the publications that students have published from collaboration during their Center funded project or experience. We found over 60 publications and given the timeline of research, expect more through the coming years.
Some alumni indicated how their opportunity through the Center was a springboard into the career they sought in global health. One alumni stated,
I was already planning to pursue a career in global health but the CGH gave me the opportunity work in a developing country for the first time. CGH paired me with Jhpiego Ethiopia and funded me to work there for 2 months. I was able to extend for another 4 months. This gave me the experience necessary to further pursue a career and I believe helped me secure my current position.
Other alumni dove into advanced academic work. One such student remarked,
I was already working in public health but my involvement with the Center brought me to Congo and led to both my dissertation research and post-doc work.
As a collaboration between the many school of Johns Hopkins University, the Center supports a multidisciplinary approach to global health that is reflected in the careers of our alumni. Almost 40% of our alumni are currently in academia and nearly 36% are in research. In smaller numbers our alumni work throughout the many different fields of health; currently, the Center has alumni in health education, health administration, medicine, and nursing. Other fields include social work, program coordination and consulting.