Exploring Career Options within Global Health & Social Medicine

Hello,

I am Katrina – a current Bioethics & Society postgraduate within the department of Global Health & Social Medicine (GHSM). The GHSM department is dedicated to looking at global health and medical issues from a social science perspective. There are many careers available that concern health, social or environmental policy. Individuals graduating from the GHSM department have opportunities within many different sectors:

Government
GHSM graduates could work within the government on a national or international (intergovernmental level). For example, within the likes of the United Nations (UN), working on international peace relations, or the World Health Organisation (WHO), a specialised agency within the U.N.focusing on policy within international public health.

Charities
There are numerous charities/non-profit organisations known as non-governmental organisations (NGOs). An example is the Wellcome Trust, which is a biomedical and healthcare research charity based in London, focusing on the ethical and social aspects of such research.

Think Tanks
Think tanks influence policy making. They can be on subjects on a national or global scale. However, they often dedicate their research and ideas to a specific area. Here are some examples of think tanks:
PHG Foundation – focuses on health policy and within that, how health technologies and genomics can better affect personalised healthcare.
Chatham House – specialises in a variety of current international areas, such as Brexit, climate policy and the Syrian conflict.

Start-Ups
If you wish to go into business while utilising GHSM skills, working for a startup is a good option, as they are often the epicentres for development, ideas and growth within a particular area of interest. An example of this can be seen in the company Genomics PLC which began as a startup. They built what they say is the ‘world’s largest genomic database’ from data obtained from researchers as well as individuals. They focus on research from algorithms, helping to further research in precision medicine.

Conclusion
The above are just some of the examples of likely career directions for those within the GHSM department. Whether you are more inclined to work within the government (national or intergovernmental) or for an NGO such as in a non-profit or start-up, there are many different ways for you to work within an area which interests you. If you are unsure about what area to go into, try and get an internship in one of these sectors to explore and discover what your niche is within GHSM.

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