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Global Public Health Research Guide: Web Resources

Public Health Data, Agencies, and Organizations

California Agencies and Organizations

US Agencies and Organizations

Population Demographics

Population Demographics

Global Agencies and Organizations

The IDRC Digital Library provides the international research community with access to a current and comprehensive collection of research results and documents about a wide range of subjects related to international development.

The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions.

Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system.

The Foundation's global health policy work focuses on providing the latest data and information on the U.S. role in global health to offer a comprehensive picture of the U.S. global health policy landscape, focusing on key issues facing policymakers, journalists, non-governmental organizations and others working in the global health arena.

  • World Federation of Public Health Associations
  • Pan American Health Organization's Internship and Practicum Program
    The Internship and Practicum Program trains young and energetic individuals entering the public health field and interested in providing services to the Organization. PAHO Interns/volunteers are a diverse group of senior undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students from diverse universities from the U.S., Canada and other countries. They are matched with appropriate technical programs based upon the individual’s interests and skills. Placements are in the PAHO offices or Pan American Centers in the Region.


Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) provide valuable resources, tools and funding in the field of global health research.


The health of the U.S. population can be affected by public health threats or events across the globe. Recent examples of this include the Ebola Virus outbreak that began in 2014, the 2003 SARS epidemic, and the 2009 spread of novel H1N1 influenza. Improving global health can improve health in the United States and support national and global security interests by fostering political stability, diplomacy, and economic growth worldwide.

Key statistics for global health research from the World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO database for searching the literature of regional medical indices, including AIM (AFRO), LILACS (AMRO/PAHO), IMEMR (EMRO), IMSEAR (SEARO), WPRIM (WPRO).