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

Educational Programs and Courses
Free Online 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


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.


  • AIDS (I) is a review of the AIDS epidemic and its role in facing unique challenges in specific areas.
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Substance Use Disorder Screening provides the knowledge (through online didactics) and skills (through peer and mentored interactions) needed for a primary or lay health care worker to practice treatment techniques with locally and globally available peers and mentors.
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Substance Use Disorders in Primary Care is a competency-based introduction to the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders.
  • An Introduction to Global Health provides an introduction to global health care.
  • An Introduction to Global Health is a discussion of the challenges and solutions to global health issues from an inter-disciplinary perspective.
  • Antenatal Care orients participants to key concepts in antenatal care (ANC), including the importance of focused (goal-directed) ANC.
  • Antimicrobial Resistance (Part 1) reviews the basic principles of AMR, the impact AMR has on individuals and society, and why it is a major public health concern.
  • Antimicrobial Resistance (Part 2) examines the major factors that contribute to the development and spread of AMR and the interventions available to address these factors.
  • A Total Market Approach to Family Planning Services examines how to identify how a TMA [Total Market Approach] can lead to a healthy market for FP [Family Planning] services and understand the roles of different sectors within that healthy market.
  • Bacteria and Chronic Infections provides an introduction to bacteria and chronic infections.
  • Basic Malaria Microscopy is a review of the basics of malaria microscopy.
  • Bureau for Global Health Environmental Management Process Training is an introduction to the GH Bureau Operating Procedure for Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) process and a roadmap for how to plan and implement health programs consistent with the Agency’s legal requirements according to 22 CFR 216 and ADS 204.
  • Case Studies in Terrorism Response includes three case studies that illustrate the principles behind a preparedness for and response to terrorism.
  • Cervical Cancer Prevention (Low - Resource Settings) provides essential knowledge about the burden of cervical cancer; effective and low-cost tools available to detect and treat precancerous lesions; information about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine; links between HIV, HPV, and cervical cancer; and proven program approaches applied in low-resource settings to combat this preventable killer.
  • Childbirth: A Global Perspective discusses maternal and newborn health in the developing world and the processes that affect birth.
  • Climate Change and Health is a competency-based introduction to Climate Change and Health. Provides the knowledge (through online didactics) and skills (through peer and mentored interactions) needed to understand how climate change affects public health and discuss adaptation and mitigation strategies.
  • Commercial Private Health Sector Basics provides an introduction to the commercial for-profit private sector in health.
  • Community-Based Family Planning introduces the essential elements for designing and implementing successful, sustainable CBFP [Community-Based Family Planning] programs.
  • Community-Oriented Primary Care is a competency-based introduction to Community-Oriented Primary Care. Provides the knowledge (through online didactics) and skills (through peer and mentored interactions) needed for primary care providers in training and practice to integrate health care services into communities with active community participation.
  • Concepts in Economic Evaluation is an approach to the operation of health and medical systems through a theoretical framework grounded in economic evaluation techniques of cost-benefit and cost-effectivesness analysis.
  • Confronting Gender Based Violence: Global Lessons for Healthcare Workers explores gender based violence in health care.
  • Confronting the Burden of Injuries explores injury epidemiology and focus on how interventions may be mindful of the personal and economic burdens associated with injuries in the developing world.
  • Contracting for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services introduces the essential steps and concepts needed for purchasers (such as governments and insurance companies) and providers to evaluate, negotiate, and manage contracts for family planning and other health services.
  • Creating an Enabling Environment for Young Vulnerable Children and Their Caregivers explores considerations for policymakers and how to create policies that support programming for young vulnerable children and their caregivers.
  • Data Quality is an introduction to data quality is, why it is important, and what programs can do to improve it.
  • Data Safety and Monitoring Boards for Clinical Trials is a review of the role of a Data Safety and Monitoring Board (DSMB) during a clinical trial.
  • Data Use for Program Managers promotes data use for evidence-based HIV/AIDS program planning and improvement.
  • Data Visualization - An Introduction teaches participants to identify their audience; find a story in a set of data appropriate for a target audience; understand the process of developing simple but compelling data visualizations; share and disseminate the visualization; and promote ongoing use of the data to inform decision-making.
  • Death 101: Shaping the Future of Global Health explores the world's biggest health problems by investigating causes of death.
  • Demographic and Health Surveys: Data Use is an overview of the DHS [Demographic and Health Surveys] project so that program staff, policy makers, and researchers are better able to use the data to make evidence-based decisions.
  • Dependency to Partnership: It's About Change explores the dimensions, psychology, and dynamics of change needed to make foreign aid more effective.
  • Dependency to Partnership: Leading/Managing Change is an introduction to the practices of leading and managing that underlie successful change and that are essential to foreign assistance programs that work.
  • Designing HIV Prevention Programs for Key Populations equips learners with a solid understanding of the basic knowledge, skills, and approaches required to design and implement HIV prevention programs for key populations.
  • Diabetes- A Global Challenge discusses cutting-edge diabetes and obesity research including biological, genetic and clinical aspects as well as prevention and epidemiology of diabetes and obesity.
  • Diabetes- the Essential Facts provides an introduction to the most recent research in the field of prevention and treatment of diabetes as well as a broader understanding of the situation in different communities.
  • Diarrheal Disease is a review of the epidemiology, prevention, and treatment of diarrhea.
  • Ebola: Essential Knowledge for Health Professionals reviews the fundamental principles behind combatting Ebola.
  • Economic Evaluation Basics examines the issues that researchers consider in conducting economic evaluations and the role of economic evaluations in policy and program decision making.
  • Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care focuses on the technical and programmatic considerations for interventions that address emergency obstetric and newborn care.
  • Environmental Health discusses the ways environmental issues affect health in industrialized and developing countries.
  • Environmental Health is a competency-based introduction to Environmental Health. Provides the knowledge (through online didactics) and skills (through peer and mentored interactions) needed for graduate students in public health or medicine.
  • Epidemicsis a look at the fundamental scientific principles underlying epidemics and the public health actions behind their prevention and control in the 21st century.
  • Epidemiology: The Basic Science of Public Health provides a foundation to epidemiology and the study of the distribution and determinants of disease and health.
  • Essential Elements of Ethics explores the relevant questions of ethics, research design, and community practice protocol for clinical research.
  • Essentials of Global Health is an introduction to global health, with focus on low- and middle-income countries and health disparities.
  • Family Planning 101 provides the basic need-to-know information relevant to voluntary FP [Family Planning] programs and services today.
  • Family Planning and HIV Service Integration examines the benefits of integrating family planning (FP) into HIV services and provide guidance on how to establish and sustain the delivery of integrated FP/HIV services.
  • Family Planning Programming - Elements of Success is based on the issue of Population Reports, Elements of Success in Family Planning Programming, this course summarizes the core factors contributing to success in family planning programming, as identified by family planning professionals around the world.
  • Female Disadvantage examines the female disadvantage in East and South Asia.
  • Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) is an overview of FGM/C (Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting) and examples of interventions that have worked—as well as those that have not worked—to encourage the abandonment of the practice.
  • Food and Nutrition Policy focuses on ways policy directly and indirectly affects nutrition.
  • Fostering Change in Health Services builds the skills of those who are in a position to support change agents in health service delivery.
  • Foundations for Global Health Responders explores how organizations and governments work to improve global health conditions.
  • Gender and Health Systems Strengthening considers some of the gender norms that drive health behavior, health decision making, and the provision and utilization of health care. We will highlight programmatic examples that illustrate aspects of gender equality and women's empowerment in health systems strengthening.
  • Gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health 101 provides learners with an introduction to the links between gender and sexual and reproductive health and introduce the basics of gender integration in sexual and reproductive health programs.
  • Gender M&E integrates concepts of gender into monitoring and evaluation (M&E) practices.
  • Geographic Approaches to Global Health reviews how to use spatial data to enhance the decision-making process for health program implementation in limited resource settings.
  • GIS Techniques for M&E of HIV/AIDS and Related Programs is a practical guide for using a geographic information system (GIS) to integrate, visualize, and analyze geographically-referenced data extracted from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and other key data sets to facilitate monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of HIV/AIDS and related health programs.
  • Global Adolescent Health examines approaches to understanding the factors that affect adolescent health and well-being around the world.
  • Global Health – The Lessons of Ebola explores how multidisciplinary teams can work more effectively together to address global health needs.
  • Global Health Case Studies from a Biosocial Perspective frames global health's collection of problems and actions within a particular biosocial perspective. It develops a toolkit of interdisciplinary analytical approaches and uses them to examine historical and contemporary global health initiatives with careful attention to a critical sociology of knowledge.
  • Global Health Diplomacy Examines the diplomatic, financial, and geopolitical contexts underlying global health decision-making.
  • Global Health Initiative - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Awareness focuses on COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and its symptoms, risk factors, and therapies.
  • Global Health Initiative - Diabetes Awareness is a review of the major components to understanding diabetes.
  • Global Health Initiative - Hepatitis B Awareness examines the disease nature, symptoms, risk factors, and prevention methods of hepatitis B.
  • Global Health Initiative - Hepatitis C Awareness is a review of hepatitis C, including its symptoms and ways to prevent and treat this disease.
  • Global Health Initiative - Hypertension Awareness focuses on the types of, root causes, symptoms, health implications, and treatment of hypertension.
  • Global Health Initiative - Malaria Awareness is a review of malaria, from the lifecycle of the parasite to ways to diagnose and prevent this disease.
  • Global Health: An Interdisciplinary Overview examines challenges that global health care currently faces from an interdisciplinary perspective, including research from medicine, public health, law, economics, social sciences, and humanities.
  • Global Tobacco Control is an introduction to global tobacco uses in the health and economic spheres and focus on transnational tobacco control, epidemiology, and regulation.
  • Global Problems of Population Growth provides an introduction to global health care.
  • Good Clinical Laboratory Practice an introduction to Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) guidelines.
  • Good Governance in the Management of Medicines examines the importance of good governance throughout the process of pharmaceutical management (selecting, procuring, distributing, and using medicines and other pharmaceutical products).
  • Governance and Health an introduction to key governance terms, concepts, and definitions, and gain an understanding of how governance works in the public sector and within civil society organizations.
  • Health Communication for Managers is an introduction to the basic principles of health communication.
  • Health for All Through Primary Health Care discusses the importance of extending primary health care to all.
  • Health Workforce Productivity: An Approach for Measurement, Analysis, and Improvement explores some basic concepts of health workforce productivity.
  • Healthcare in India: Strategic Perspectives applies a strategic lens to the [Indian healthcare] sector's submarkets including hospitals, pharmaceutical firms and diagnostic equipment providers. You will examine the role of disruptive innovation and the ways in which public policy shapes the evolution of healthcare markets.
  • Healthy Businesses discusses strategies that donors can use to design programs and implementers can use to deliver activities to ensure that commercial for-profit health care providers have the business, operational, and financial capacity to sustainably provide essential health services.
  • Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy focuses on Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy (HTSP) practices.
  • HIV and Infant Feeding Counselling: A training course discusses how to work with breastfeeding mothers and infants affected by HIV.
  • HIV Basic Biology, Epidemiology, and Prevention is a review of the basics of HIV/AIDS biology, transmission, epidemiology, and prevention.
  • HIV Stigma and Discrimination explores HIV-related stigma and discrimination, including their importance and effects on behavior and HIV responses, promising practices for addressing them, and addresses the complex challenges that remain.
  • HIV/AIDS Legal and Policy Requirements provides an overview of the HIV/AIDS legislative and policy requirements that govern HIV and AIDS activities.
  • HIV/AIDS Surveillance is a background of the HIV epidemic, an overview of HIV surveillance systems and a basic understanding of HIV surveillance components.
  • Hormonal Methods of Contraception provides information that program managers and clinic staff can use to improve the quality of care in providing hormonal contraceptive methods.
  • Human Health - Global Health Issues examines modern global health issues of the developing world, such as HIV/AIDS and women's health.
  • Human Resources for Health (HRH) Basics is an introduction to the basic principles and promising practices related to human resources for health (HRH).
  • Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster explores emerging challenges in the humanitarian field including the ethical and professional principles that guide humanitarian response to conflict and disaster.
  • Hunger in the World of Plenty is a review of the world hunger situation and how it is measured, including its distribution and number of people affected, as well as the physiological, psychological, and behavioral consequences of starvation and related geopolitical issues affecting the world food systems including climate, war, disease, and refugees.
  • ICH Good Clinical Practice examines the basic principles of GCP and how these principles can be applied practically in the research setting.
  • Immunization: You Call the Shots focuses on the disease nature and vaccination operations around Haemohpilus influenzae type b (Hib).
  • Immunization: You Call the Shots explores the disease nature and vaccination operations around Hepatitis A.
  • Improving Global Health: Focusing on Quality and Safety is designed for those who care about health and healthcare and wish to learn more about how to measure and improve care – for themselves, for their institutions, or for their countries.
  • Improving Health Care Quality is an introduction to principles and approaches that can help health care workers continually improve the work that they do and help to demystify improving health care, its underlying principles, and provide an overview of different approaches to improve health care.
  • Improving the Lives of Young Vulnerable Children and Their Caregivers is an introduction to the EP's essential tools and building blocks and explains why monitoring and evaluation should target three different levels of intervention.
  • Infrastructure for Good Governance provides participants with the knowledge to develop and implement the organizational setup needed to ensure the good governance of all types of health service delivery organizations.
  • Innovating Solutions for Aging Populations discusses health care innovation within the theme of ‘healthy living and active aging’, covering both the medical and the commercial aspects of innovations.
  • Integrated Early Childhood Development Programming for Young Vulnerable Children reviews the importance of providing integrated care for young, vulnerable children, particularly in the context of HIV, and will discuss components and key steps of integrated early childhood development (ECD) programming.
  • INTERGROWTH-21st course on maternal, fetal and newborn growth monitoring examines the methodology of maternal, fetal and newborn growth monitoring and the application of the INTERGROWTH-21st international growth standards to determine appropriateness of growth.
  • International Nutrition is an examination of approaches that seek to improve nutritional status and focuses on ways to address factors that drive malnutrition.
  • Introduction to Clinical Research is an introductory overview aimed at everyone involved in clinical research with a focus on the main areas of why and how clinical research is carried out, the importance of ethics in research, and an outline of the five main clinical study designs.
  • Introduction to Collecting and reporting Adverse Events is a general introduction and overview of Adverse Events and how to deal with them when they occur.
  • Introduction to Data Management for Clinical Research Studies is an overview and guide to data management aimed at everyone involved in clinical research.
  • Introduction to Early Childhood Development reviews childhood development, how HIV impacts the developmental trajectory of young children, and how, in the absence of intervention, children can suffer life-long consequences.
  • Introduction to Informed Consent This course places informed consent within its historical context and outlines the regulations, guidelines and processes which arose from this background.
  • Introductory Biology is a survey of basic principles of biology, such as biochemistry, genetics, molecular, and cell biology.
  • IUD explores what can be done to revitalize IUD use, recognizing the importance of an informed user's choice of contraceptive methods.
  • Key Practices of Good Governance is a review of the key practices of good governance, and various strategies and actions that can be taken to apply them in the health sectors of resource-constrained countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
  • Knowledge Management (KM) in Global Health Programsis an introduction to what KM [Knowledge Management] is and why it is important to the field of global health.
  • LA/PMs - A Smart FP/RH Program Investment presents the rationale for making LA/PMs more widely available in the contraceptive method mix of national FP programs and identifies key challenges as well as proven and promising programs.
  • Lessons from Ebola: Preventing the Next Pandemic This four-week course provides the context in which to understand the Ebola outbreak -- why now, and why did so many people suffer and die? The course lays out the global governance structure -- what was the global response supposed to look like, and where did it fail?
  • Logistics for Health Commodities examines a wide range of logistics principles and practices as well as highlights each function of the logistics cycle, including assessing stock status, inventory control, and monitoring and evaluation.
  • M&E Frameworks for HIV/AIDS Programs discusses how to develop an M&E framework that can be used to organize and implement various components of an M&E system.
  • M&E Fundamentals reviews what M&E [Monitoring & Evaluation] is, why it is important, and the basics of what it entails.
  • M&E Guidelines for Sex Workers, Men who Have Sex with Men, & Transgender Populations-National Level explores the importance for improving M&E guidelines for sex workers, men who have sex with men, and transgender populations.
  • M&E Guidelines for Sex Workers, Men who Have Sex with Men, & Transgender Populations-Service Delivery Level teaches learners to apply the Operational Guidelines for Monitoring & Evaluation of HIV Programmes for Sex Workers, Men who have Sex with Men, and Transgender People (Vol II) to strengthen HIV service delivery for these populations.
  • M&E of Holistic ECD Programs explores the three levels of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) set forth in the EP and promotes a shared M&E agenda for programs targeting young vulnerable children.
  • Malaria provides basic knowledge about the burden of malaria and effective tools to both treat and prevent malaria, and discuss the challenges and opportunities for taking these interventions to scale.
  • Malaria (II): The Global Challenge provides a look at malaria as a disease and public health challenge and the Italian campaign to eradicate malaria as a reference for global effors.
  • Malaria in Pregnancy provides health professionals with an overview of both the science and the programming associated with prevention and control of malaria in pregnancy (MIP).
  • Malariology is a review of malaria and its place as a major public health concern.
  • Male Circumcision: Policy & Programming provides an overview of scientific evidence of MC's [Male Circumcision's] protective effect against HIV transmission, to examine the acceptability and safety of MC, to consider challenges to MC program implementation, and to provide policy and program guidance.
  • Maternal Infections provides a discussion of maternal infections
  • Measuring Health Outcomes in Field Surveys explores the fundamentals of field-based health research through documentary-style learning at ongoing research projects in India and Kenya.
  • mHealth Basics: Introduction to Mobile Technology for Health focuses on mHealth applications commonly used in developing country contexts.
  • Mortality Surveillance Methods & Strategies provides participants with a basic understanding of the importance and usefulness of mortality data and introduce a range of approaches to collecting such data.
  • Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV reviews the basic elements of preventing mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) that expand across the continuum of care - during antenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, and newborn care - and highlights key elements that must be addressed in programs.
  • Newborn Sepsis reviews key issues in the prevention and treatment of neonatal infections, emphasizing recognition and management of bacterial infections at peripheral facilities and in the community, and issues of global public health importance.
  • Nutrition (An Introduction) discusses the basic concepts of good nutrition and common nutritional deficiencies, the magnitude of malnutrition in different populations, vulnerable groups and the causes of undernutrition, and key indicators and ways of measuring them.
  • Nutrition Transition and Global Food Issues is a review of the world hunger situation and how it is measured, including its distribution and number of people affected, as well as the physiological, psychological, and behavioral consequences of starvation and related geopolitical issues affecting the world food systems including climate, war, disease, and refugees.
  • Obstetric Fistula reviews the definition, epidemiology, etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and management of Obstetric Fistula.
  • Online Communities of Practice (CoPs) for Global Health is intended for program managers who work in global health and development and would like to learn more about online CoPs [Communities of Practice] and the potential for CoPs to help their teams, projects, and organizations achieve a shared goal.
  • Population, Health, and Environment provides an introduction to the fundamentals of the PHE [Population, Health, and Environment] approach including PHE relationships, the benefits of integration, program considerations, the PHE policy and advocacy landscape, and how the PHE approach can contribute to global development priorities, such as the Sustainable Development Goals and Family Planning 2020 in an efficient and effective way.
  • Post-partum and Newborn Care is designed for traditional birth attendants and community-level maternal and child health workers, this course focuses on postpartum and newborn care.
  • Postpartum Care provides a review of postpartum care and corresponding care recommendations.
  • Practitioners Guide to Global Health- Created by a diverse team of experts who are passionate about global health, this 3-part timeline-based course is designed to prepare students, trainees and providers for a global health learning, work, or volunteer experience that is safe, culturally sensitive, and maximizes benefit to both the learner/practitioner and the host population.
  • Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trials in Health Care focuses on how pragmatic randomized controlled trials reliably determine which of the several healthcare interventions works best under real-world conditions.
  • PREMIUM Counselling for Alcohol Problems is a competency-based introduction to Counselling for Alcohol Problems. Provides the knowlege (through online didactics) and skills (through peer and mentored interactions) needed for primary and lay health care workers to deliver this treatment, develop skills to build patients' motivation to change their drinking behaviour, provide harmful drinkers with skills to change their drinking behaviour, and to prevent and deal with relapses.
  • PREMIUM Counselling Relationship is a competency-based introduction to Counselling Relationships. Provide sthe knowledge (through online didactics) and skills (through peer and mentored interactions) needed for primary and lay health care workers to practice counselling techniques.
  • PREMIUM Healthy Activity Program is a competency-based introduction to Healthy Activity. Provides the knowledge (through online didactics) and skills (through peer and mentored interactions) for primary and lay health care workers to deliver treatment to patients with moderately severe to severe depression and how to teach patients strategies to solve their own problems.
  • Preventing Infant Mortality and Promoting the Health of Women, Infants, and Children explores ways to intervene and reduce infant mortality rates through programmatic and political approaches.
  • Preventing Postpartum Hemorrhage orients participants to the causes of PPH [Postpartum Hemorrhage] and the evidence-based methods of preventing PPH.
  • Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV in Resource-Limited Settings: A Training Course is a review of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (MTCT) and treatment methods.
  • Principles of Human Nutrition examines nutrition, from its physiological roles in development and disease to its treatment at the policy level.
  • Problem Solving for Immunization Programs is an examination of why problems around immunization remain, despite larege scale improvements, and uses vaccine-delivery strategies and public health research to understand how we may productively respond to current problems.
  • Promising Programmatic Approaches for Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (AYSRH) provides an overview of promising approaches as well as case studies of effective programs that improve young people’s sexual and reproductive health.
  • Readings in Global Health explores the most pressing issues in global health through a series of reviews and interviews with leading experts.
  • Representations of HIV/AIDS is a transdisciplinary conversation about representations of HIV/AIDS: in science writing, journalism, visual art, literature, drama, and popular culture.
  • Research Ethics Online Training provides a review of the responsibilities of researches to practice ethical research for global health.
  • SARS, Avian Influenza, and Swine Flu: Lessons and Prospects provides an overview of SARS, avian influenza, and swine flu as they relate to international health.
  • Social Franchising for Health discusses what social franchising strives to deliver: affordable, equitable, and high quality health services, and highlights the potential impact and benefits of social franchising as an approach to health systems strengthening, the conditions that foster a successful social franchise network, and the global landscape for social franchising and donor investment.
  • Social Marketing for Health provides an introduction to the key principles of social marketing, clarify misunderstandings, outline under which circumstances it is best used, and how social marketing, when employed effectively, can improve health outcomes.
  • Social Media for Health and Development provides an introduction to social media to strengthen the capacity of global health and development professionals interested in understanding basic principles of social media, using social media to disseminate global health and development information, and measuring social media activities.
  • Special Considerations for Highly Vulnerable Children and Their Caregivers explores the role of “shocks” in the development of young children which can lead to developmental delays... [and] will explore the needs of children with HIV and/or disabilities and potential interventions for such children so that they can reach their developmental potential.
  • Standard Days Method explores the SDM [Standard Days Method] as a family planning method.
  • Stanford Introduction to Food and Health reviews practical issues relatd to food and health, and stresses the importance of positive food choices and home cooking.
  • The Biology of Water and Health – Fundamentals is a focus on the fundamentals of water and its relationship to human health.
  • The Biology of Water and Health - Sustainable Interventions provides an interdisciplinary framework for understanding the place of water in health policy and engineering by delving into the complex social, economic, political and scientific factors that influence how we approach these critical health and water related challenges.
  • The Challenges of Global Health reviews current challenges that the field of global health currently faces.
  • The Challenges of Global Poverty is for those who are interested in the challenge posed by massive and persistent world poverty, and are hopeful that economists might have something useful to say about this challenge.
  • The Human Diagnosis Project enables physicians and trainees to improve their medical expertise by solving interactive teaching cases, learning from detailed teaching points, and discussing cases in real time.
  • The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Health - Part 1: The Big Picture is a 3-part timeline-based course to help you prepare for successful global health learning experiences and projects. In Part 1 (The Big Picture), you will learn how to determine whether a global health learning experience is right for you, and if so, what, where, when, and how?
  • The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Health-Part 2: Preparation and On The Ground
  • The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Health - Part 3: Reflection
  • The Psychology, Biology, and Politics of Food provides a look at psychological issues of food and health promotion as it is compounded by politics and biology.
  • The Research Question targeted to clinical researchers, this course explores the main factors which affect and influence the development of a valid research question.
  • The Science and Practice of Sustainable Development provides an introduction to the key concepts of sustainability, and how to apply those to sustainable development practice.
  • The Study Protocol (Parts 1 & 2) is a guide for researchers on the basic stages and concepts surrounding the creation of a protocol.
  • Through my Eyes – Intellectual Disability Healthcare around the World provides a focus on the stories of people with intellectual disabilities around the world, as well as their families and supporters.
  • Total Market Approach Using practical examples, the course will guide USAID missions and other entities seeking to assist governments on how to use the total market approach concept to maximize resource use, increase access to priority health goods, and improve sustainability.
  • Tuberculosis - Advanced Concepts focuses on tuberculosis (TB) control and prevention, information about MDR and XDR TB, childhood TB, infection control, the International Standards for TB Care (ISTC), and advocacy, communication, and social mobilization (ACSM).
  • Tuberculosis Basics provides basic information about tuberculosis (TB) and its global impact, along with an overview of some strategies that are currently under way to control TB.
  • US Abortion and FP Requirements - 2017 provides an overview of the US abortion and family planning legislative and policy requirements that govern US foreign assistance.
  • War and Health is a competency-based introduction to War and Health. Provides the knowledge (through online didactics) and skills (through peer and mentored interactions) needed for students of public health or medicine to understand the direct and indirect effects of war on public health.
  • You Call the Shots; Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) focuses on the disease nature and vaccination operations around Haemohpilus influenzae type b (Hib).
  • You Call the Shots; Hepatitis A explores the disease nature and vaccination operations around Hepatitis A.
  • Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health provides an introduction to key sexual and reproductive health issues of youth, including the relationship between gender norms and health and an overview of the best programmatic approaches for improving young people’s sexual and reproductive health.





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

  • African Medical & Research Foundation (AMREF) concentrates on sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Aga Khan Foundation: AKF is the largest foundation in the Muslim World with extensive projects in health, education, rural development, and NGO-enhancement.
  • American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has expanded GH activities on the AAFP web site. See also for specific information about programs for medical students and residents.
  • American Public Health Association represents >30,000 professionals working in public health, including >1500 in GH activities. Student memberships are available and annual fall meeting provides opportunities to learn about public health and GH.
  • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene lists overseas opportunities at approximately three-year intervals along with much other information.
  • Canadian Network for International Surgery promotes delivery of surgical care and conducts workshops in surgical skills and programs in injury prevention in African countries
  • Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) sponsors GH activities and links with Canadian and international websites
  • CARE: One of largest NGOs involved in international development and relief.
  • Commonwealth Fund: The International Program in Health Care Policy and Practice promotes cross-national research, collaborations and exchanges. Activities include fellowships, meetings of researchers and policymakers, and an annual GH policy survey.
  • Doctors for Global Health (DGH) promotes health, education, art and other human rights throughout the world. Most volunteers work in their own communities and some spend from a week to a year working in El Salvador, Honduras, Chiapas (Mexico), Peru, Uganda and other countries.
  • FHI 360 (formerly Family Health International) implements research and technical assistance programs, with special emphasis on reproductive health and AIDS.
  • Ford Foundation is active in national and international health.
  • Gates (Bill and Melinda) Foundation is largest U.S. foundation active in GH.
  • Global Health Council is largest U.S.-based membership organization concerned with GH and provides information on GH career opportunities, jobs, advocacy, and links to other GH-related programs.
  • International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA) – USA) is U.S. branch of this NGO dedicated to introducing medical students through a variety of programs to global health issues.
  • International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) is a global coalition to prevent nuclear war, and other major threats. US chapter is Physicians for Social Responsibility (see below).
  • John Snow, Inc ., a large non-profit consultancy and training organization with many projects worldwide, is a resource for information, publications, jobs and training.
  • MacArthur (The John D. and Catherine T.) Foundation addresses both national and international health, development, and population issues, provides links to organizations supported by the Foundation and to philanthropic resources.
  • Management Sciences for Health, a large non-profit consultancy and training organization with many projects worldwide, is a resource for information, publications, jobs and training.
  • OneWorld works to improve international health and development.
  • Oxfam, an international organization working to ease poverty and hunger in more than 70 countries.
  • People's Health Movement, created in 2000 at a Bangladesh assembly of 1500 people from 76 different countries, carries out campaigns and programs in health and other areas utilizing a people-centered approach.
  • Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) uses the knowledge and skills of the medical and forensic sciences to investigate and prevent violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) is the US chapter of professionals working to prevent nuclear war and many other health hazards.
  • Planetary Health Alliance is a consortium of universities, NGOs and other partners with a shared mission—supporting the growth of a scientifically rigorous, policy-focused, transdisciplinary field aimed at understanding and addressing the human health implications of accelerating anthropogenic changes in the structure and functions of Earth’s natural systems.
  • Population Institute alerts policymakers and public about issues relating to population growth and the need for population stabilization.
  • Programs for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) works to find the right technologies for a given level of development.
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Though RWJF does not fund international projects, it may be useful in funding or reporting on projects relevant to GH.
  • World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) provides forum for exchanging knowledge and information between member organizations of general practitioners and family physicians concerned with health care throughout the world.


(Note: ** = especially useful)

  • Africare works to improve the quality of life in rural Africa. It provides assistance in five areas: agriculture, water resource development, environmental management, health, and emergency humanitarian aid.
  • American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP); in particular:
  • **American Council for Voluntary International Action, a consortium of 150+ non-profit organizations working worldwide in the health, educational, development and related fields, is a source of jobs and volunteer resources. Site includes hotlinks to all its members.
  • **American Medical Student Association is a prime resource for GH activities, advocacy, resources and field placements.
  • **American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene provides extensive listing of overseas opportunities at approximately three-year intervals.
  • **Association of Reproductive Health Professionals provides information and education on reproductive health topics to healthcare professionals, policymakers, the media and the public. See especially the Global Opportunities Tool
  • **Child Family Health International (CFHI) annually provides service-learning programs in GH for >600 medical, pre-medical, nursing, pharmacy, and alternative health students in Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Mexico and South Africa. Program includes language training in Spanish speaking locations, clinical rotations, and thorough cultural and orientation materials.
  • **Christian Connections for International Health lists contacts, placement opportunities, information about how to find a placement, and diverse resources. See especially “Job Search” and “Students” sections.
  • Christian Medical and Dental Society lists contacts, placement opportunities, information and diverse resources.
  • **Cross-Cultural Solutions sends >1000 volunteers annually to work in many fields. Short and long-term placements, including for students, are available in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.
  • **Doctors without Borders USA is the French-originated organization (MSF) that sends fully qualified health professionals into some of the most challenging regions of the world.
  • Global Service Corps provides short or long-term opportunities to volunteer in health, education and environment projects in Kenya, Costa Rica and Thailand.
  • HEAL Africa is a Christian organization providing medical services in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (based in Goma)
  • Himalayan Health Exchange brings student and graduate healthcare professionals together to provide care to populations in remote areas of the Indo-Tibetan borderlands, India and Nepal.
  • **InterHealth South America provides an integrated introduction to Ecuadorian and South American primary, community, and public health services for students and residents. It includes structured individual and group clinical and public health field experiences, closely coordinated with formal immersion medical Spanish study.
  • **International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations combines 68 medical student associations representing students in 50 countries. IFMSA provides information about and facilitates student clinical and research exchanges, and through committees, is involved in medical and public health projects.
  • **International Health Central American Institute offers clinical clerkships and medical Spanish training programs for residents, medical students, and other health professionals. Programs are primary care based.
  • International Medical Corps is a relief organization established by volunteer US physicians and nurses. Home page lists IMC’s programs and job openings for doctors, nurses and others.
  • **Jamkhed Comprehensive Rural Health Project in India offers rural field training opportunities for students. Lessons learned at Jamkhed have been extended to many other Indian communities.
  • MAP International is a Christian relief and development organization that promotes health of people living in the poorest communities.
  • **Unite for Sight offers many volunteer opportunities and their International Opportunities Manual can be downloaded.

    (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.
    • 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.
    • 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.



    • Globalization and 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)
    • 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.
    • 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.



    (The CUGH website has many other materials concerned with planning and experiencing work oversees. See also similar resources available at the AMSA GH website,

    • 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.