Global Health Resources

Global Health has been defined as “the area of study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide.”

(Koplan, et al. Lancet 2009;373:1993-5)

At Global Perm NW, our interest in Global Health results from an awareness that our responsibility as healthcare providers to support wellness does not stop at borders.

Global Health spans very many disciplines and areas. The following resources are just a small sample of Global Health topics.


P. Farmer, J. Y. Kim, A. Kleinman, M. Basilico, “Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction,” University of California Press, Berkeley, 2013.

D. Hunter and H. Fineberg, “Readings in Global Health: Essential Reviews From The New England Journal of Medicine,” Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2016.

A. Deaton, “The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality,” Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2013.

Lasker J.N., “Hoping to Help: The Promises and Pitfalls of Health Volunteering,” Cornell Press, Ithaca NY 2016.

Capacity-Building and Partnership

“A Conceptual Framework for Training of Trainers (ToT) Interventions in Global Health.” Mormina M, Pinder S., Globalization and Health 2018;14.

Fundamental Concepts

The Global Health Competencies Toolkit was created by the Education Committee of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health. It describes a set of competencies for individuals entering fields within Global Health, and has a wealth of links to articles, websites, and presentations associated with each competency.

News & Updates

World Health Organization Updates (subscribe)
Kaiser Health News (sign up)
Kaiser Family Foundation Daily Global Health News (sign up)
Kaiser Family Foundation Daily Global Health Policy Report (sign up)
Johns Hopkins Global Health Now (subscribe)
The Lancet Global Health Update Alerts (sign up)

Ethics & Short-Term Global Health Work

“Ethical Obligations Regarding Short-Term Global Health Clinical Experiences: An American College of Physicians Position Paper.” Decamp M., Soleyman Lehman L., Jaeel P., Horwitch C. for the ACP Ethics, Professionalism, and Human Rights Committee. Annals of Internal Medicine 2018; doi: 168:651-657. doi:10.7326/M17-3361

“Ethical Considerations for Short-Term Experiences by Trainees in Global Health.” Crump J.A., Sugarman J. JAMA 2008;300(12)1456-1458. doi:10.1001/jama.300.12.1456

“The Ethics of Medical Volunteerism.” Stone G.S., Olson K.R. Medical Clinics of North America 2016;100(2):237-246. doi: 10.1016/j.mcna.2015.09.001

“Global Health: Preparation for Working in Resource-Limited Settings.” St. Clair N.E., et al. Pediatrics 2017;140(5): e20163793

“Ethics of Global Health ‘Immersion’ in Health Professions Education.” AMA Journal of Ethics 2019;21(9):E709-822. Full issue

Brocher Declaration

This is a consensus statement of ethical principles to guide policy for short-term Global Health engagements.