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A Guide to Public Health Degrees Abroad

Public health is a field which requires action all over the globe. From the inner cities of the United States to the villages of India, there are billions of people in the world who lack consistent access to basic treatment, education, and preventative healthcare. By earning your degree abroad in public health, you will be well on your way to making a change in the lives individuals in need all across the world.

Why Earn a Degree Abroad

Public health is a very regional discipline, as the social problems involving health and wellbeing vary significantly between countries and continents. In making the decision to pursue your public health degree abroad, you are also deciding to expand the scope of your studies beyond the realm of your home nation, and begin to enter a global context. Whether you plan on eventually returning home or moving on to begin a career in the international sphere, the perspective you will gain by earning your public health degree abroad will make you a more grounded and competent professional in the field.


Public health is a popular field of study at universities all over the world, so your decision of where to earn your public health degree abroad should really come down to the regional context you seek to explore. For example, the scope of your studies and potential specializations therein may be very different if you study in the developing world versus the developed world.

The most highly touted public health degrees abroad are not surprisingly found at the most highly touted schools, especially in Europe, North America, and Australia. Johns Hopkins University in the United States, University of Toronto in Canada, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK, and the University of Sydney in Australia, are just a few of the schools that boast some of the most prestigious public health degree programs on the planet.

In the developing world you may not find as many globally prestigious degrees in public health, but you will find a very different manifestation of the subject matter. Pre-industrial societies are more rurally populated and tend to lack a strong social state, which can provide varying levels of healthcare. Public health within the context of rural poverty will indeed look very different than public health in a fully developed economy. Earning a public health degree abroad at a university in South Africa, Southeast Asia, or Central America can thus be a tremendously rewarding pursuit.

Public Health Degrees Abroad

Public health at the undergraduate level typically involves a broadly spanning, multidisciplinary approach to understanding the major issues and concepts involved in the field today. Students may take courses within the related disciplines of biology, sociology, public policy, psychology, and many other related subjects to supplement their overall knowledge of global health. A bachelor’s degree abroad in public health typically requires three to four years of study at foreign universities.

Earning your master’s degree abroad in public health will require one or two more years of study on top of this. The postgraduate level is generally when you choose a focus within the field of public health to specialize in. For example, epidemiology, health policy and management, public health nutrition, health administration, and environmental health sciences are all sub-disciplines in which you can earn your master’s in public health abroad. Earning your master’s in public health abroad will likely require significant independent research and a thesis in addition to your studies.

If you are really serious about the academics of public health, it is also possible to earn your doctorate degree abroad in a variety of subjects related to the field of public health. These public health degree programs typically require several years of additional study, and applicants should have a very concrete goal in mind if applying to a PhD program. PhD candidates are often expected to teach courses in addition to their research and studies.


Expand Your Scope. Before taking your education abroad, it is very easy to fall into the trap of taking an introverted approach to the public health issues of your own home country. Public health is a truly global discipline, and earning your public health degree abroad will show you a whole new side of the field and put your own country’s situation into a larger perspective.

Interact Cross-Culturally. Public health careers tend to take place in diverse work environments, and the practice you will have gained from living in another country for several years will shine through in your ability to interact with people of all backgrounds. Completing a public health degree abroad will make you a more flexible, adaptable, and well-rounded employee.

Have an Adventure. As if it weren’t obvious enough, earning your public health degree abroad will be the adventure of a lifetime. You will be challenged, surprised, confused, and in the end will create some of the best memories of your life to carry forth into your public health career.

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Middlesex University, London UK

At Middlesex, no matter where in the world our students come from, we give them the tools and opportunities they need to make their own path to success, to grow as individuals and to stand out from their peers back at home. We offer a broad range of industry relevant courses and our academics draw on their experience and employ practical teaching techniques. We provide our students with the op...


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Study Abroad at Bangor University in Wales, UK

Many students choose to study at Bangor University, North Wales as visiting study abroad scheme students. Every year, well over 100 students from North, Central and South America, Asia and mainland Europe undertake a semester or a whole year at Bangor and transfer the credits achieved to the home University. This means that students who are taking a degree course at another university can vi...


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Mente Argentina: Master's and Graduate Degrees Program in Buenos Aires

Mente Argentina's Masters and Graduate Degrees Program may be the perfect program for someone interested in studying in a new culture. Through this international program students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in thier career. Individuals can chose to study from some of the most renowned universities in the Country: Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), Universidad Argen...


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Global Public Health and Policy MSc

The MSc in Global Public Health and Policy program at Queen Mary University of London builds on models of social determinants of health and international health concepts of policy-making at local, national, and international levels. Social determinants and the consequences for health and well-being of inequalities have been an essential part of the understanding of public health doctors when de...


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TEAN: Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees in New Zealand

For those wanting to study abroad beyond a semester, TEAN can assist you in finding a program in New Zealand to earn your Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, or PhD. Our services are free to you. We do not charge you for the work we do on your behalf. By utilizing TEAN's services you are saving money on international postage, phone calls and more. TEAN is an official representative of the be...


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Degree Programs at the University of Westminster, London

The University of Westminster is a diverse and dynamic university located in the heart of London, England. With a vibrant learning environment and a commitment to educating for professional life, the university has a distinguished 175-year history. It offers a wide range of bachelors and masters courses, ranging from Business Management and International Relations to Conflict Resolution and Mus...


BSc Public Health

The health of populations is a persistent and imperative global concern. The human race is faced with significant population health challenges that range from rapidly growing and aging populations to urbanization, climate change, new patters of disease, sustainable development, and environmental health challenges, management of man-made and natural disasters, healthcare financing, and healthcar...


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Study Abroad in London at the University of Roehampton

The University of Roehampton offers students the opportunity to live and learn on a close-knit collegiate campus just a stone's throw away from the sights and sounds of the capital city. Students can really experience the 'best of both worlds' at London’s only parkland campus. You will study for one semester or a full year alongside Roehampton students from over 130 countries worldwide. Guar...


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Saint Louis University-Madrid Campus

Saint Louis University is a Jesuit institution with campuses in St. Louis, Missouri and Madrid, Spain. The student body on the Madrid campus is a multicultural community of approximately 750 students from over 60 different countries. Students at SLU-Madrid can complete a fully accredited American degree abroad in Business, Communication, International Relations, Psychology and more. SLU-Madrid ...


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University of Otago - Study Abroad

The University of Otago welcomes study abroad students from universities throughout the world, and enrolls international students in degrees from bachelors through to PhD. Live among local students of the university, all within 15 minutes walk of campus and the Dunedin city center in New Zealand. The two to six-bedroom houses or apartments typically have at least one local student living in the...


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ISA Study Abroad in Lima, Peru

Lima, the capital of Peru, is located on the west coast of the southern Pacific Ocean, along the outlet of the Rímac River. Lima is full of fascinating contrasts between traditional and modern influences. The traditional influences evolved from Peru's history as the home of the Inca and numerous other civilized cultures, dating back as far as 2000 BC. Indigenous cultural traditions and language...


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American University of Beirut

The American University of Beirut has long been admired for the strength and breadth of its academic programs and its commitment to a broad-based liberal arts education. All entering undergraduate students are required to complete a number of general education courses that provide them with the opportunity to explore many different disciplines. The University's Faculties of Agricultural and Foo...


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Semester Study & Intern in SPAIN

This study abroad program is perfect for a student, with at minimum intermediate level Spanish skills, who wants an authentic study abroad experience. Away from the crowds of American students who study abroad in more popular destinations like Barcelona or Madrid, you will find yourself fully immersed in the language and culture. You will take classes at an accredited Spanish university and tak...


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Undergraduate Degree Program

Duke Kunshan University offers students a world-class education culminating in a degree from Duke University and a degree from Duke Kunshan. The undergraduate academic program spans two continents – in Kunshan, at a state-of-the-art campus; and a two-semester experience at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Current majors include: Natural Sciences: - Material Science/Physics - En...


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Study a Full Degree at Deakin University in Australia

Earn a degree at a top-ranked university while expanding your horizons and opportunities through an international study experience! Whether you’re pursuing an undergraduate degree or a PhD, Deakin University has a wide range of study options awaiting international students. We offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, all taught in world-class facilities and informed by the latest resea...