Public Health Education
“We created a radio broadcasting project to empower young people to address health issues in their community, then trained them in radio broadcasting and various aspects of reproductive health. They were not only dynamic, enthusiastic, and hungry to offer and receive information, but their newfound voice allows them to talk about issues that are otherwise taboo in the community and educate a population in a highly entertaining manner.”
John SullivanVolunteer in Nicaragua
Volunteers promote behavior and organizational change, including health systems planning and coordination by working with organizations and/or with ministries of health at the district, regional, and national levels.
Depending on your specific assignment, you might:
- Improve the capacity of health providers to carry out strategic planning and manage information systems
- Strengthen linkages between health facilities, organizations, and communities
- Build the capacity of community partners to organize and conduct social behavior change events, such as radio, theatre, puppet shows, and health themed day activities
- Support the strengthening of organizations providing health services
How do I qualify?
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in health education, nutrition, or dietetics;
OR a master's degree in public health;
OR be a registered nurse certified in public health or midwifery;
OR be a certified physician's assistant.
Competitive applicants have been active, on a volunteer basis, in health-related activities in colleges or their communities, working, for example, as peer nutritionists, HIV/AIDS or sexually transmitted infections counselors, or resident advisors in dormitories. Many are pre-med students who have shadowed doctors in hospitals. Other relevant skills include expertise in disease surveillance, creative training and adult education techniques, behavior change, and community entry and survey methods.
How will this advance my career?
Through serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer, you can gain fluency in a foreign language, international experience, and cross-cultural understanding, attributes that are highly sought-after assets in today's global economy. Experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer working in public health is valued by numerous organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Public Health Service, and many private companies and nongovernmental organizations seeking individuals with unique skills. Find out how returned Peace Corps Volunteers receive advantages in federal employment.
Also See: Volunteer Benefits
Last updated May 22 2013