If I Want to Work in Health Sciences Overseas, Will I Need Any Special Schooling and/or Licensing?

When you consider going into the health sciences field, you may find it exciting and rewarding to practice your new profession overseas. There are many places around the world that need the kind and professional care you can provide and you feel called to this life of adventure and sacrifice. However, this leads to a big question: Will I need any special training or license to practice overseas? The answer might surprise you; it is a resounding no! You do not have to undergo any additional education or licensing to work overseas in the medical field. If you are eligible to work in the United States of America, then you are eligible to work for global health companies. The following are just a few of several overseas opportunities available in the health sciences field.

Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières)

Though the name is “Doctors” Without Borders, they recruit individuals in medical and non-medical careers to work around the world. Doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, human resource representatives and more are welcome to apply and work with them around the world. They are one of the most well-known organizations providing global health care. The benefits offered are numerous. They include a monthly salary, transportation, room and board, and more. The general requirements do not include any additional education or certification above what is required to work within the United States. They do note that a conversational understanding of French can benefit your application because many of the countries served speak French as an official language.

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Centers for Disease Control

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Global Health Department also has positions overseas that do not require additional licensing or education. As a federal employee, you would be entitled to the same benefits as other U.S. government employees. Housing and transportation would not be included with a position in the CDC, but the pay is likely higher than that of other agencies. In addition to hiring graduates, they also look to fill positions for student workers during school breaks and offer internships.

International Medical Corps

Volunteer doctors and nurses established the International Medical Corps as a non-profit in 1984. Today they are hiring people to work in health sciences all over the world. Like the other examples, it is not necessary for you to attain any additional education or licensing different to what you would need to work in the United States.

By providing just a few, well-known examples of jobs in the health field overseas, you can see how easy it is to fulfill your dreams of working in a rewarding career overseas. Working overseas represents adventure and excitement. It is easy for you to get into the career you want without tacking on additional education or licensing requirements. In addition to the examples listed above, there are many private companies hiring United States citizens to work overseas. Your opportunities for working in a foreign country in the health sciences field are limitless!