A successful public health career requires knowing your facts.

World globe surrounded by international currency symbols.Are you thinking about starting or advancing a career in public health? If so, you’re likely motivated by a desire to help people live better. But if you want to make a significant impact through your job in public health, you have to first be aware of the current state of public health.

One health issue that affects the quality of health all over the world is cost. Test your knowledge with the quiz below and see if you’re up on your health spending facts. All monetary figures are in U.S. dollars and all information is from the World Health Organization’s 2012 overview.1 Answers appear at the end of this article.

  1. What is the total global expenditure for health per person, per year?
    a) $459; b) $722; c) $948; d) $1,207
  2. Which country has the highest total spending per person, per year?
    a) United States; b) Germany; c) Israel; d) Japan
  3. Which country has the lowest total spending per person, per year?
    a) Peru; b) Turkmenistan; c) Eritrea; d) Solomon Islands
  4. Which country spends the most government money on health per person, per year?
    a) Finland; b) Luxembourg; c) Saudi Arabia; d) Costa Rica
  5. Which country spends the least government money on health per person, per year?
    a) Liberia; b) Armenia; c) Russia; d) Myanmar
  6. Which country has the highest annual out-of-pocket household spending on health?
    a) United States; b) Switzerland; c) Brazil; d) South Korea
  7. Which country has the lowest annual out-of-pocket household spending on health?
    a) Kiribati; b) Malta; c) Saint Kitts and Nevis; d) Singapore
  8. What is the average amount spent per person, per year on health in countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)?
    a) $1,360; b) $2,010; c) $3,470; d) $4,380
  9. What percentage of the world’s population lives in OECD countries?
    a) 18%; b) 24%; c) 33%; d) 48%
  10. What percentage of the world’s total financial resources devoted to health are being spent in OECD countries?
    a) 73%; b) 84%; c) 90%; d) 99%

How Can You Learn More About Public Health?

As the data shows, there is a great deal of variation—and a lot of disparity—in health spending around the world. If you want to be the kind of public health professional who can help more people get the health services and education they need, then you should consider earning a graduate-level public health degree. In particular, a Master of Public Health (MPH degree) can help you learn how to address difficult challenges, such as health spending.

While you may think a public health graduate program will disrupt too much of your life, it doesn’t have to, thanks to online education. When you choose an online MPH program, you don’t have to live near campus or drive hours to get to school. Instead, you can complete your master’s in public health from home. Plus, online learning offers flexible scheduling that lets you choose what time of day you attend class—an advantage that makes it possible for you to earn your Master of Public Health degree while continuing to work full time.

The world needs people who can develop the policies and public health programs capable of delivering health services to all people, regardless of financial situation. When you complete an MPH program from an online university, you can become just such a person.

Answers

  1. c
  2. a ($8,362)
  3. c ($12)
  4. b ($6,906)
  5. d ($2)
  6. b ($2,412)
  7. a ($0.20)
  8. d
  9. a
  10. b

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1Source: www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs319/en

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