Global Health Resource Guide

This guide was created in conjunction with the Bernard Becker Medical Library to provide a comprehensive guide to global health resources. Within you will find information about global health statistics, recommended journals/databases, and information about global health courses offered at Washington University.

Global Health Funding

Global Health Seed Funding

This funding opportunity seeks to provide seed funding for pilot data collection for future extramural funding proposals among faculty at WashU and any one of the 32 McDonnell International Scholar Academy partner institutions.

Global Health Data & Tools


Gapminder is an independent educational non-profit fighting global misconceptions that provides free tools for a fact-based worldview.

World Bank Open Data

World Bank Open Data is free and open access data about development in countries around the globe.

Seven principles for strengthening research capacity in low- and middle-income countries

Seven principles for strengthening research capacity in low- and middle-income countries: simple ideas in a complex world, a good practice document of the ESSENCE on Health Research initiative, is designed to provide broad guidance on how best to strengthen research capacity with the maximum possible benefit. The guidance has been broken down into a number of principles and accompanied by illustrative examples to show how they have been adopted in practice, as well as some of the most commonly encountered barriers to their effective implementation.

World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) provides valuable fact sheets, publications, data dashboards and more.

UNICEF data site

UNICEF is a leading source of credible data and analysis about the situation of children around the world, using evidence to drive change. View publications, visualizations and dashboards on their data site.

Global Health Media

This Week in Global Health (TWiGH)

This Week in Global Health (TWiGH ) is a weekly global health show where established global health expert Dr. Greg Martin and a team of qualified global health experts, and students and young professionals give a brief overview of current events and topics in the global health news space.

Global Health NOW

Global Health NOW (GHN), a not-for-profit initiative of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is a key forum for news and information for the global health community.

The GHN staff scours the global media and selects the day’s most important articles about research, trends and events to summarize in their e-newsletter and website. GHN staff writers and freelance writers also create original content including news articles, commentaries and Q&As with global health leaders and newsmakers. GHN also regularly publishes op-eds by global experts. 

Global Health Matters podcast

Global Health Matters is a new podcast that explores how innovative and inspiring research contributes to achieving health for all.

Hosted by  Dr. Garry Aslanyan with a variety of guests, the podcast discusses key questions, such as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on research, promoting gender equality and women in global health leadership, the pros and cons of open access to research, the role of implementation research and many other topics and issues.

Global health work at WashU

Explore some of the stories of how WashU is at work around the globe and making an impact on public health in the world on WashU’s Global site.

Frontiers is publication that focuses on health as it relates to the WashU community.

Global Health Center on Vimeo

Watch recordings of presentations and discussions on global health on our Vimeo channel.

Study & Research Abroad

U.S. State Department

Visit U.S. State Department website for security tips and travel guidance.
Register with the U.S. State Department before you travel through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.

WashU Global

Find resources from WashU on preparation for traveling abroad and assistance while abroad, including emergency services for students and employees of WashU.

Cultural Competency online course

Cultural competence training and cultural awareness is of paramount importance for those working in any international or clinical setting. Those participating abroad are immersed in a culture different from their own and will undoubtedly experience culture shock and cultural adjustment. Furthermore, those in any clinical setting must understand language barriers, how to work with translators, cultural differences, cultural understanding, and trust, among other cultural concerns.

We recommend taking this free online course from Unite for Sight.

CANOPY medical language app

CANOPY is your one-stop solution for breaking through the Medical Language barriers to provide the best care to all your patients. This app is available for android and iOS users.

Global Health Conferences

Global Health & Infectious Disease Conference

Each spring, we bring together renowned national and international experts present on their work and engage in thoughtful Q&A discussions.

Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference

CUGH’s annual conference is a must attend event on the global health calendar. A wide range of medical and non-medical disciplines are represented throughout the conference. Attendees will be inspired and challenged and learn new skills, gain new contacts and find ways we can improve the health of people and the planet.

Global Health & Innovation Conference

Organized by Unite For Sight, a 501(c)(3) non-profit global health delivery organization that empowers communities worldwide to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness, the Global Health & Innovation Conference (GHIC) convenes 2,000 participants from all 50 states and more than 50 countries to exchange ideas and strategies across all disciplines of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.