To characterize and gain insight into the global health job market by collecting and analyzing data on global health vacancy postings over a 6-month period.
This project, a joint effort between the Communications and Global Health Connections Committees of the American Public Health Association’s International Health Section, collected data on publicly posted job vacancies with the aim of giving the Section’s students and aspiring global health professionals insight into the current global health job market. As global health graduate programs increase in number and matriculate more students, understanding the range of available jobs and their requirements for applicants is vital for professionals who desire to enter this highly competitive field.
Data collection was conducted from November 2015 to May 2016. The data entry portion is complete and data analysis is currently underway. Preliminary findings from the analysis were presented at the 2016 APHA Annual Meeting in Denver. Data collected on job vacancies include employer, position title, location, opening and closing dates, education level required, years of experience required, region and/or technical area of focus, and language skills required or preferred. Once the analysis is complete, a manuscript prepared for distribution within the IH Section and potentially submitted for publication.