International Health - Work Anywhere, Study Anywhere
From Global to Local
Since its founding in 1961, the department has viewed international health as a complex mix of health problems, politics, economics, culture and environment. Our mission to work with the world’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged people to improve their health and well-being has remained constant. Our faculty, students, staff and alumni are steadfast in their commitment to social justice and improving health equity for all people wherever they live.
Many still debate the precise meaning of international health and global health. Based on the current range of definitions, the department could change its name to Global Health. We believe it’s important not to. International Health was founded on the principles of Internationalism – the belief that we can overcome divisions of nationalism, class, wealth, and other obstacles to health equity and social justice through the promise of science, public health practice and education.
Work Anywhere, Study Anywhere
We’re the first and largest, which means you have the opportunity to work almost anywhere in the world on almost any topic. In the last 5 years, our students have had internships in more than 75 countries with over 350 organizations around the world. In addition, our faculty have worked in over 100 countries. Combined, IH-related work reaches over 115 countries. To see a selection of recent student practicum, visit our master's practicum information page.
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the field of international health, the department is divided into the following four program areas:
- Global Disease Epidemiology & Control (GDEC)
- Health Systems
- Human Nutrition
- Social & Behavioral Interventions (SBI)
We offer doctoral and master’s programs in each of the four program areas listed above, as well as Health Economics, providing students with exceptional opportunities to study a broad range of public health topics.
Our master's students in the Department of International Health have opportunities that are in no way bound by location. Many students work in other countries, conduct practicums across the world and have the chance to explore, hands-on, what International Health is all about. Today we're highlighting five students and alumni in the department who are exceptional role models and inspiration for students to come! . Shea Littlepage (first photo) is an MSPH candidate in the Social and Behavioral Interventions program. She says, "Joining this program was the best decision I ever made... not just because of the coursework or the career opportunities, but because of the people. . Yingqi Lai (MSPH '14) was a part of the Global Disease Epidemiology and Control program. After graduation, she became a public health officer at the ministry of health in Singapore. During her time at #JHSPH, she was able to intern at the @WHO and work alongside global vaccine experts. . Andrew Nicholson (MSPH '17) is a graduate of the program for human nutrition. Now a clinical research data associate at @NYCgov's Department Of Veteran Affairs, his advice to students is: "Develop and sharpen your skills while you are in school; maximize this time you have in such a unique place." . A graduate of the Health Systems program, Bhavya Gowda (MSPH '11) says her time at #JHSPH was "very useful to get the hands-on experience in a classroom environment prior to having to do it on the job." . After graduation, Luis Ordaz (MHS '14) became the assistant director of evaluation of health conditions at the Ministry of Health in Mexico, his home country. The knowledge he gained in the health economics program is essential in his daily work.