The field of public health involves preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through organized efforts. Public health focuses on improving people’s health and quality of life through the prevention and treatment of disease and other conditions, as well as the promotion of public health measures to control the spread of disease and encourage healthier living. International public health is a specific facet of public health that focuses on improving the health status of populations throughout the world by improving health services.
The Master of Public Health in International Public Health is usually a two-year program that builds upon the core areas of public health: biostatistics, epidemiology, health services administration, health education, behavioral science, and environmental science.
While there are no prerequisites to pursue this degree, having an interest in foreign policy, international relations, current events, or diplomacy can prove helpful during studies. The international public health concentration prepares students for a variety of careers in international, national, and nongovernmental agencies involved in health research or health service delivery in developing countries, for such organizations as the World Bank, UNICEF, World Health Organization (WHO), UNAIDs, Family Health International (FHI), the Population Council, IPAS, Helen Keller International, Save the Children-UK, and CARE.