Getting a job at the World Health Organization


In this video, Dr Greg Martin talks about his experiences working at the World Health Organization (both the up-sides and the down-sides) and discusses one or two important issues with respect to the application process.

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  1. Hi sir this is a really informative video. i am going to start my masters in public health in uk from coming september can you please suggest me whether epidemiology or global health specialization will help me for getting into WHO?

  2. The WHO is a joke. When I contracted an infectious disease after an insect bite, they did not answer my emails or correspondence. There are no patient resources. Since then, other people have become infected with this disease. The disease has progressed to the advanced stages, and I am making final end-of-life preparations. The US medical system takes money, denies treatment, and watches as patients die slow painful deaths while doctors and nurses snicker and laugh. Patients who sell their homes, to pay for medical care, are asked if they are homeless as a criteria for mental health evaluation! A patient who presents an abnormal EKG, showing a heart blockage, and complaints of chest pains, is diagnosed with Delusions Of Parasitosis. These big organizations only care about donation$$$.

  3. Realistically, MD and/or PhD, at least 10 years of relevant experience, 2nd language, publications – and this is currently for a junior (maybe mid-level) position. For the most part, WHO is not a stepping stone – people spend there career at WHO if possible.

  4. Hi Greg, I am a Chinese master's student studying Medical Biotechnology in Canada and I am really interested in joining WHO!!! I have a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering. Native level in Mandarin, professional level in English with some knowlege of Spanish. I checked the website of WHO, the job opportunities all indicate a requirement of working experience. Could you give me some recommendations?

  5. I am a pharmacist with many years of experience in health systems pharmacy practice in the military and government. I also have a MBA with emphasis on leadership. I am considering a MPH to transition for my experiences and skills for individual patient to populations health  in developing countries or in Africa centering on pharmaceuticals, drug distribution, safety, proper usage, education, etc. Is my thinking right? If so, what organizations are out there that focus on this area? In the Washington DC area, how can I volunteer my services?  Please reply to

  6. I have been looking for somewhere to do my internship. Doing my masters in International Health Development. Am the field guy so don't really want to go WHO. Can I get a link to any known organization involved in the area of community health, Maternal and child health? Just feel like consulting in addition to my search. Thank for your concern.

  7. hello Greg…!! I m going for a post graduation degree in PSM … I wanna ask that what are the chances of getting a job in WHO and what will be the procedure for it … I am from INDIA… PLZ guide me …

  8. I am from India and I have completed my MBBS degree and about to join in spm (Psm) for post graduation. It's like a start for me in this vast "social and preventive medicine " course I want to join in WHO. What else should I have for a better post I mean the courses to complete pls suggest