In recent years significant progress has been made in improving the health and well-being of billions of people around the world. Despite this, there are still many factors which can have an adverse effect on a countries overall public health. Join the UNC Charlotte Global Public Health Virtual Career Accelerator to gain a deeper understanding of global health problems and solutions. Talk to healthcare professionals in the public health sector about how they are fulfilling the needs for quality health services and the function of healthcare systems in local and international communities. Having foundational knowledge in this field can kickstart your public health career and help make a positive impact on increasing the accessibility and quality of health services for people worldwide.
COMPLETE REAL PROJECTS
Throughout your experience you’ll be completing one project each week that helps a local organization solve an actual problem. Since we work with real partners, real, valuable projects will be assigned to you. This means that the types of projects you could work on will vary. We aim to match you as closely as possible with an organization and a task that aligns with your personal career goals. See below for some of the projects you could work on during your experience.
WRITE A LESSON PLAN ON BASIC SANITATION
Teaching the importance of basic hygiene to children dramatically reduces the risk of disease and promotes a healthy lifestyle. Propose a lesson plan to help the organization teach local children the importance of hand washing and other aspects of healthy living.
REPORT THE EFFECTS OF CONTAMINATED WATER
Contaminated water sources cause waterborne illnesses that kill millions each year. Use data collected by the local organization, interviews and research to write a report detailing the importance of clean drinking water in order to gain the funding for the cause.
IDENTIFY TRAINING GAPS IN MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS
Gather information on the training gaps of medical practitioners within the local community. Research and propose a way to source the specific expertise and deliver required training to fill the gap and improve the quality of healthcare within the community.
Example of a Typical Week
Career path Insight
Gain insight into your chosen career path and engage in discussions with leading academics, professionals, local experts and your fellow participants, when you take part in live chats and lectures on a range of topics.
Explore the customs, languages and cuisine of another culture in order to reach a deeper understanding of the country by attending lectures about a local cultural context or environment, led by community members or an area expert.
Find solutions to some of the challenges faced by real organisations such as local NGOs and social enterprises. You’ll do this by conducting research, engaging in discussions and proposing a potential solution.
Learn about your potential career journey ahead from a professional in your field of interest. Take part in workshops that will assist in career development, and receive coaching from your dedicated internship supervisor.
Dates & Costs
*The cost of each UNC Charlotte Virtual Career Accelerator includes two weeks of introductory online learning material which students complete before the experience. Additionally, it includes the cost of an optional, post-experience peer-reviewed final project. *There is an opportunity for students to join UNC Charlotte and complete a one-week virtual career accelerator without any pre- or post-learning. The cost of this is $1695.
3 Online Courses Included
UNC Charlotte participants will also complete our successful flagship online program; the Foundations in Sustainable Development program, which includes three online courses.
– Careers in Sustainable Development
– Leading Teams for Emerging Leaders
– Introduction to Community Development
– Introduction to Scientific Conservation Research