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
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

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.

FREE ONLINE COURSES

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)

  • 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 www.aafp.org/medical-school-residency 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.

JOB AND FIELD PLACEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

(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: www.aafp.org/about/make-a-difference/global-health
  • **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.
  • 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.
    • 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

    JOURNALS AND PORTALS WITH HIGH RELEVANCE TO GLOBAL HEALTH

    • 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.

     

    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.