Annotated List of Online Global Health Resources

A Google search on 26 January 2015 using the term “global health” generated ~18 million hits. Statistical humor aside, and though we can’t claim to have checked them all, these awesome numbers have been reduced to >180 sites considered relevant to trainees in the health and many other disciplines interested in global health (GH). Inclusion of a site in this list does not imply endorsement by the Consortium of Universities for Global Health or by CUGH’s Trainee Advisory Committee, which took the lead in updating a website list originally prepared by the Global Health Education Consortium. Sites are grouped into the below categories for ease of use and many have links to yet additional GH-related organizations and activities. Websites especially useful for seeking GH jobs, field placements and pre-placement orientation are marked with two asterisks (**). At the end of this list is a brief outline of questions that may be useful to help you plan for a GH field experience or career. Happy surfing the net and any suggested additions, corrections, and deletions will be welcome. Please send them to education@cugh.org.

Educational Programs and Courses
Job and Field Placement Opportunities
International - Multilateral Organizations
Language Training Programs
Global Health Videos
Governmental Organizations
Information Resources
Membership & Non-Governmental Organizations
Journals and Portals with High Relevance to Global Health
Planning Your GH Field Experience: A Checklist

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND COURSES

Many of these programs are in schools of public health (SPH) and some are in medical schools or are independent programs. Wherever possible a URL link is given for direct access to the school’s IH program. Boston Univ., Harvard, Johns Hopkins and the Univ. of Washington SPHs probably have the largest IH masters and doctoral programs in IH, though many other schools offer strong IH programs. The Univ. of Arizona offers a three-week summer program designed to prepare year clinical years medical students and residents for an international assignment. The ASPH listing provides access to all SPHs.

INTERNATIONAL - MULTILATERAL ORGANIZATIONS

GLOBAL HEALTH VIDEOS: ADVOCACY, EDUCATION, RESEARCH

GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS

 MEMBERSHIP & NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS

(Many of these listings also provide field opportunities and/or offer extensive resources)

JOB AND FIELD PLACEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

(Note: ** = especially useful)

LANGUAGE TRAINING PROGRAMS

(This listing is very incomplete and is limited to Spanish language training.)

  • Adventure Education Center, (AEC), centered in Costa Rica offers multiple sites for persons wishing to improve their medical Spanish while also providing medical volunteer opportunities in local clinics and hospitals. Classes include medical and nursing Spanish
  • AMAUTA Spanish School, located in Cusco, Peru, offers a wide variety of language programs, including medical Spanish.
  • American Medical Student Association maintains a search engine of international opportunities including a language learning section (particularly medical Spanish) on its website
  • Centers for Interamerican Studies (CEDEI), for Spanish immersion programs; Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Centro Panamericano de Idiomas (CPI) offers programs in three Costa Rican locations.
  • Latin Immersion (Spanish Language Schools in Argentina and Chile) for language training at many different levels, sites and durations
  • "¡A su salud!": Medical Spanish language training course for home study is available on a remarkable interactive DVD-ROM program, “¡A su salud!” For $95.00 you get 2 DVDs, 1 CD-ROM, and Workbook. Contact: Triliteral at 800-405-1619. yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/salud/
  • University of Kansas School of Language, Literatures, and Cultures: Excellent list of resources for practitioners working with Haitian Kreyol-speaking populations from the University of Kansas
  • Duolingo is a free language-learning app compatible with iPhone, Android, iPad, and on the web. Current courses for English speakers include French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Irish, Danish, and Swedish.

INFORMATION RESOURCES

  • 1st World Sepsis Congress Talks - Podcasts
  • 1st World Sepsis Congress Talks - Videos
  • Alertnet Foundation alerts humanitarians to emergencies.
  • AllAfrica — Provides a conduit of information on African issues and affairs not just health care related.
  • Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research has developed a Funding Road Map for Global Health Research. The Road Map contains summary information about funding sources for global health projects, including eligibility criteria, application procedures and contact information. Over 50 funding opportunities are listed but must register as a member to gain access.
  • Centers for Disease Control Travel Information: Sections include: Reference Material (a wealth of information about diseases, locations, specific precautions); Disease Outbreaks; Additional Information; Geographic Health Recommendations.
  • Center for Global Development: This group features lots of independent research on issues of climate change, debt relief, education, food and agriculture, economic growth and aid effectiveness by leaders in health and economics.
  • Center for Reproductive Law and Policy provides detailed information about world abortion laws.
  • CIA Publications and Factbooks. See especially: World Factbook (wealth of information on virtually all countries); and, Handbook of International Economic Statistics; CIA Maps and Publications Released to the Public.
  • CSIS: Take as Directed Podcasts highlights important news, events, issues, and perspectives in global health policy, particularly in infectious disease, health security, and maternal, newborn, and child health.
  • Cuba – Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC), founded in 1997 to bridge U.S. and Cuban medical communities, publishes MEDICC Review, a monthly online source in English of Cuban medical research and health news. MEDICC sponsored student field placements in the past and if travel restrictions ease, may do so again.
  • Demographic and Health Surveys, a government source for detailed surveys of many countries
  • Dev-Zone is an Aotearoa New Zealand non-governmental resource centre on a wide range of international development and global issues.
  • Eldis is an organization run by the Institute of Development at Sussex University in the U.K. It is core-funded by SIDA, Norad, SDC, and DFID. Also lists latest global job vacancies and opportunites.
  • Gapminder provides an extraordinary resource for visualizing changes over time in population characteristics, income, health status and much more. Link also through this site to see Hans Rosling’s informative and amusing TED talks, now up to seven and counting.
  • GenderStats, a World Bank compilation of gender-related statistics data.
  • Global Guidelines on the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection includes a list of 29 concrete recommendations distilled by 20 of the world’s leading experts from 26 reviews of the latest evidence.
  • Global Issues: social, political, economic and environmental issues that affect everyone.
  • Global Gazetteer provides location, altitude (useful for assessing malaria risk) and much more information on virtually all locations in the world.
  • Global Health Hub aims to provide an online gateway to news, commentary and resources related to global health for public health professionals.
  • Global Health Watch, created by People’s Health Movement, works to mobilize civil society around an Alternative (to the WHO) World Health Report.
  • Global Medicine Network facilitates linkages between individuals and organizations working in GH, including humanitarian service, medicine and supply donation, research, health education and visitor exchange.
  • Hardin Meta Directory of Internet Health Sources of the Univ. of Iowa has a comprehensive list of the best health-related sites, organized by disease or system category. There is no specific category for GH or for tropical medical and related conditions.
  • HEAL (Health and Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages), aimed at increasing support for integrated public health and environmental conservation initiatives as intimately related, interdependent challenges.
  • Health Economics, a professional’s guide to resources and featured stories from around the world.
  • Healthy Documents, a source of documents and instruments that impact on peoples' health
  • Heathlink Worldwide strengthens the provision, use and impact of information. It connects developing country partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East
  • Helping Overseas Directory, by Bruce Carr, provides a wealth of resources about health-related organizations, sources of supplies, books, websites, and other information for overseas missions.
  • Hesperian Foundation publishes low cost, practical books (eg, “Where there is no doctor,” / dentist / midwife, etc.) for use in all aspects of GH practice at the community level.
  • HIFA (Healthcare Information For All), is a global social movement to improve the availability and use of healthcare information in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Hunger Web exchanges information about and links to organizations concerned with hunger.
  • Implementation Science Toolkit is for researchers, policymakers and program implementers working in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and provides resources to further implementation science, and strengthen stakeholder interactions, community participation and dissemination.
  • Indoor Air Pollution Training Materials includes presentations from faculty experts in academia, nongovernmental organizations, NIH and other government agencies discussing cookstoves and emissions testing to about 20 trainee scientists from the U.S. and seven developing countries.
  • International Development Research
  • International Health Economics Association
  • International Health and Traveler’s Medicine (Medical College of Wisconsin/Milwaukee) 
  • mHealth Training Materials is a one-time, short-term, scenario-based training promoted multidisciplinary research, implementation science and novel research methodologies to a cohort of researchers from diverse fields who are helping to lay the groundwork for future mHealth research projects and begin to build the evidence base for impactful technologies.
  • The Nursing Education Program Initiative
  • Online Learning Tools - NIH includes resources like training courses, MOOCs and course materials (presentations, videos, reading lists, visual aids, articles), resource centers and resource networks.
  • Nature Rx is a grassroots movement dedicated to entertaining and informing people about the healing and humorous aspects of nature
  • Thomas Reuters Foundation: global news and information provider. Independent journalism re: human right, women’s empowerment and international law with focus on under reported stories around the world. — trust.org

JOURNALS AND PORTALS WITH HIGH RELEVANCE TO GLOBAL HEALTH

  • Globalization and Health
  • Medicine & Global Survival Journal
  • Rural and Remote Health
  • Social Medicine Portal is a doorway to information about and opportunities in social medicine globally, including international health volunteering and scholarly work
  • Library of Congress Country Studies provides detailed information on many countries. The site has an impressive search engine that can search across the data base for any combination of words, ranks hits in order of closeness to your search terms, and provides links to desired text.
  • Medact is the UK member of Int’l Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. Besides anti-war activities MedAct has projects on the environment, economics and health, and with refugees in Palestine, Israel and Iraq. Medact has developed a global curriculum textbook (147 pp. with extensive documentation and tables) that is now online along with a supplement on globalization.
  • National Geographic Map Maker makes it possible to generate maps of all sorts, political, geographic, demographic, etc.
  • Nation Master provides easy access to much statistical data and map creation
  • OneWorld: This web site was founded with the aim of using free-media and press to curb poverty and human rights injustices.
  • Population Council, with information on population policy issues and research information
  • Population Pyramid provides access to population pyramids for any country. Has a world population counter.
  • Population Reference Bureau provides detailed world and country specific population information, including downloadable PowerPoint presentations
  • Relief Web (with information & links relevant to humanitarian crises)
  • Research funding opportunities are listed by Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Researcher Information Service, with links to resource institutions. Site includes search engine for resources by persons based at participating institutions.
  • Supercourse in Epidemiology, the Internet and Global Health (at U of Pittsburgh) —Site offers more than 2000 online PowerPoint lectures authored by >1000 faculty, and grouped into categories, a rich source of materials and ideas.
  • Teaching Aids at Low Cost (TALC) lists & distributes health-related teaching aids in low cost format and often multiple languages for use by providers and patients in developing countries. They also have a CDROM project with extensive information for health workers in developing countries.
  • EmbassyWorld.com provides worldwide telephone directories, access codes, numbers (including a searchable database of telephone numbers), consulates and voltage rates
  • US Census Bureau. See especially their International Programs Center
  • US State Department Travel Warnings and Consular Information Sheets provides country information relevant to health, safety, visa and entry requirements, medical facilities, consular contact information, drug penalties, etc.
  • Vayu's Drones Deliver Healthcare in Rural Madagascar is a video highlighting the use of autonomous drones to fly clinical samples a relatively long distance from a remote village to a laboratory as part of an epidemiologic study on intestinal parasites.
  • Weather.com provides national and international weather forecasts plus lots of more detailed weather-related information.
  • World Health News (Harvard School of Public Health) provides a news digest with numerous links to detailed sources
  • Yahoo.com provides an annotated hyperlinked list of many international health organizations that can be obtained using the search term "international health relief and development".

 

PLANNING YOUR INTERNATIONAL HEALTH FIELD EXPERIENCE: A CHECKLIST 

(The CUGH website has many other materials concerned with planning and experiencing work oversees. See also similar resources available at the AMSA GH website, www.amsa.org/global/ih/)

  • PURPOSE — Why do you want to go? To broaden your life experience, with no intention beyond 1-2 trips? To 'test' the merits of devoting at least part of your professional career to GH? To learn from another culture? To make a substantial contribution to the lives of others, and if so, what contribution? To learn a language? To seek ancestral roots?
  • TIMING AND DURATION — When do you want to go? Before or during the clinical years? After graduation or during postgraduate years? After completing postgraduate training? How long do you want to spend abroad: weeks, months or longer? (Young children fare better than teenagers in an international setting.)
  • TYPE AND LOCATION — What type of experience(s) do you want? Clinical or non-clinical? At what level, in what specialty, and in what type of institution? Research? At what level (community, health facility, organization) and regarding what types of problems? Will good mentors be available? Public health, health promotion? Community health activities? Observation only? What location preferences do you have: geographic, linguistic, nationality; urban, rural, or remote? If you are married or have a partner, what will they do, what are their views, do they share your GH interests?
  • OBTAINING SPONSORSHIP AND SUPPORT — What type of organization can best meet your interests? Non-governmental organization without religious affiliation? NGO with religious affiliation? Peace Corps? Other government? Quasi-governmental organization? Host country institution, eg, hospital, health center, Ministry of Health? How much support do you require, and what are the likely sources? Everything? Local expenses only, ie, you will cover round trip transportation? Must you earn money above expenses?
  • PREPARATION — What should you do to prepare yourself for your experience? Language training, cultural orientation, contemporary studies of the country or region? Special health-related courses at your university or elsewhere? Immunizations, prophylactic and/or therapeutic medicines, books and reference materials, reservations, passport and visa(s), travel funds and insurance, etc? Master of Public Health degree or similar, and if so, when, where, and what major? Small gifts for your hosts? And make good use of the following two checklists.
  • Traveler's Checklist
  • Work Abroad Checklist

Special thanks for this update to Allison Eavey James, Jay Miller, Will Perez and Lisa Simon, members of the CUGH Trainee Advisory Committee.