Career Opportunities in the Health Sector after a Master’s Programme

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The Global Health policy stream within Master’s programmes at the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs prepares its graduates for health-related careers across the public, private and non-governmental sectors.

Skills developed within the Global Health Master’s policy stream at Sciences Po

The specialised global health programme offered at Sciences Po’s School of Public Affairs equips its students with professional skills in each of the following areas:

  • Analysis and evaluation of public health policy;
  • Design and implementation of public health policy at local, regional or national level;
  • Management and evaluation of health-related projects or programmes;
  • Development of innovative strategies and solutions to respond to needs and challenges in the health sector;
  • Health-related and humanitarian advocacy;
  • Use of scientific data to advance public health policies.

> Find out more about the Global Health Master’s policy stream.

Professional fields within the health sector

The skills and knowledge students acquire over the course of the specialised global health programme open up career prospects in diverse fields:

  • Public administration in the field of health: government ministries, regional or national health authorities;
  • Healthcare facilities and networks, both public and private;
  • Healthcare consultancy firms;
  • Health insurance providers;
  • International organisations and NGOs;
  • Pharmaceutical companies, laboratories and research centres;
  • Associations and foundations;
  • Schools of Public Health, specialised institutes and higher education relating to health policy.

Career paths and professions after a Master’s programme in Global Health

Graduates of the Global Health policy stream go on to careers in highly varied fields and professions, whether in the public or the private sector, directly related to health or in other fields requiring public health expertise more broadly (education, social work, the environment, security, defence, nutrition etc.).

The programme gives its graduates access to a variety of professions and career paths in health-related fields:

  • Hospital or clinic director
  • Nursing or retirement home director
  • General, legal or client services manager
  • Director of finance at a healthcare institution
  • Human resources director in the healthcare sector
  • Social protection or private health insurance manager
  • Healthcare network manager
  • Quality assurance and health risk manager
  • Administrative manager in a hospital facility
  • Technical advisor in public health
  • Civil service administrator or contractor in a government ministry or health authority
  • Health crisis consultant
  • Consultant in healthcare system strategy and management
  • Consultant in healthcare services provision and patient relations
  • Consultant in healthcare innovation
  • Public affairs or institutional relations officer in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Policy officer at a health authority
  • Statistical analyst
  • Vaccination campaign lead
  • Preventive healthcare communications officer
  • Public health or healthcare project manager
  • Project coordinator at an international organisation or NGO
  • Humanitarian project coordinator
  • Public health policy analyst and evaluator
  • Clinical research officer


Clara Langlois-Gey, a 2019 graduate now working as a consultant at French firm GovHe

"The courses I took during the master's degree gave me a global vision of the world of health, in its various components and institutions, long before I put it into practice. They kept my curiosity for this sector alive."

> Read our interview with Clara Langlois-Gey

Examples of institutions and organisations in the health sector

Our previous graduates of the Global Health Master’s policy stream have gone on to hold senior positions in various companies, organisations and institutions across the health sector.

Here are just a few examples of institutions and organisations that may interest students studying on the Global Health track.

Public bodies

Ministry of Health in France or abroad - Assistance Publique des Hôpitaux de Paris (AP–HP Trust) - hospital and teaching hospital networks - regional health offices - National Agency for the Safety of Health Products (ANSM) - National Agency for Food and Nutritional Safety (ANSES) - National Cancer Institute (INCa) - French Hospital Federation - Senior Health Authority (SAS) - Santé Publique France - the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) - National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) - Marie de Paris - National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM) - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)

Private companies

Ernst & Young - Capgemini Healthcare - Mazars - Accenture - Nextep Health - Sanofi - Novartis - Pierre Fabre - Pfizer - Danone - Air Liquide Healthcare - OpusLine - GovHe - SOS Solidarités Group

International organisations and NGOs

World Health Organisation (WHO) - United Nations Development Programme - UNICEF - Unitaid - Solthis - Union for International Cancer Control

European agencies and institutions

European Union - European Medicines Agency - European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

Associations and foundations

Institut Pasteur - Institut Curie - the Red Cross - AFM Téléthon  - Sidaction - Association IDsanté

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