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Learning about Global Health

(This page provides some guidance for those wanting to learn more about global health. It will be developed further over the coming months.) 

Academic Journals 

Academic courses




Public Health


Local courses, talks and lectures 


Academic Journals 

The following a links to academic journals that are regularly published. You can subscribe to their mailing lists, if you would like to receive their regular updates. 

The Lancet 

The British Medical Journal (BMJ) 

Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH)

World Health Organisation (WHO)

Global Health Journal Search 

Other Journals and Newsletters 


Online Introduction to Global Health

The Wessex Global Health Network has collaborated with the University of Winchester to produce a short onlin Introduction to Global Health. No prior knowledge is required and it lasts between 6 - 10 hours. 

It may be of particular interest to those working in th NHS as it meets the recommendations of the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges about what all health care staff should know about global health. It also provides a grounding for an understanding of Planetary Health.

Follow this link for more detail. 


Academic Courses

General :Some of the academic courses on global health can be found through the links identified in academic section of the website under the heading Staff Groups. 

Wessex : Degree courses available include (follow the links for more details)

Southampton : Global Health MSc 

Winchester     : Global Health MSc 

                        : International Development : Global Health BA Hons 

Global Health Module : This is available for students doing a degree course at Southampton. It is run on the Highfield site of the University and attracts 15 CATS points. It is designed to answer questions such as how prepared are we for the impact of infectious diseases that spread quickly round the world; how should we globally manage the health risks that occur in today's society and lead to chronic diseases?

The module is an opportunity to study situations, such as the outbreak of swine flu in Mexico in 2009 that quickly spread around the world, and risk factors, such as smoking and sedentary lifestyles, that lead to chronic diseases like diabetes and cancer. Students review the varied global impacts of these diseases and be asked to provide and discuss policies and other activity that could address them.

Medical Students, Southampton : Medical students in Southampton are able to undertake a Global Health Module run by the Faculty of Medicine.

Public Health : The People's Open Access Education Initiative, People's Uni, provides Public Health education for those working in low- to middle-income countries who would otherwise not be able to access such education, via Internet based e-learning. Based in Manchester, it uses the knowledge and skills offered by specialists in public health to construct and run distance learning courses for people in resource poor settings. 



Many courses in global health are have been modified to be able to study them on line. 

Future Learn : Future Learn has been geared to provide courses on-line for some time. It provides a wide range including courses on global health. 


The Lancet : The Lancet publishes free podcasts, some of which are very relevant to working abroad and global health. 

The Lancet has also launched an open-access Global Health Journal. It is a non-paywall journal, that is open to all. It does not require registration or fees to access. The articles are open-access and published under various Creative Commons licenses, selected by the respective authors.

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine : The LSHTM has podcasts on a variety of subjects relevant to working in resource poor settings. 

Overseas Development Institute : The Overseas Development Institute is a  London based organisation that provides short on-line events, expert reviews and various podcasts. 

Other useful resources


CABI provides information and applies expertise to solve problems related to agriculture and the environment. It has a Global Health Archive the gives access to a large number of historical and current pieces of research. 

HS Talks 

HS Talks provides a large number of on-line materials, including a Biomedical and Life Sciences Collection with lectures by leading health experts.

Specific Topics


There is a wide range of information available. FutureLearn provides a wide range of courses and has produced a short online course "Tackling the Novel Coronavirus". 

Various topics

Global Health with Greg Martin offers a variety of on line videos an podcasts covering topics that include Finding a Job in Global Health, How to Write a Grant Application, How to Raise Money in Global Health, Ethics, Eplidemiology, Global Health Facts.


Local Courses

The influence of culture on learning and the performance of doctors

Health Education England, Wessex, runs training courses for those involved in training for doctors. These are not specific to global health, but, for example, the influence of culture on behaviour is as relevant abroad as it is locally. Further information can be found from The Courses Centre in Wessex. 




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