Global Health Resources
Each of these links is a gateway to key electronic resources for public health professionals.
- Africa - Health, Stanford University Libraries & Academic Information Resources: includes list of links to Ebola virus information.
- American Medical Association (AMA)
- Biomedical Information Resources & Services - by Subject, collected at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, [Sweden].
- Canadian Health Network: a compilation of links to Canadian and worldwide resources in English and French [Canada].
- CDC. Centers for Disease Control
- The Child Health Research Project conducts applied research on diarrhoeal and respiratory diseases, malaria, measles and malnutrition, to help achieve USAID's strategic objectives to reduce childhood mortality and morbidity.
- CDC National AIDS Clearing House
- CliniWeb, an index to Web-based clinical information, is a project at Oregon Health Sciences University that includes
CliniWeb Search, which matches free-text query statements with Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) disease classification terms, and
CliniWeb Browse, which links terms from the MeSH disease classification with WWW pages offering clinical information.
- Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre of England and Wales (CDSC)
- Directories, Catalogs, and Indices for Locating Internet Resources, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh: Health Directories section lists subject-based directories in the medical and health sciences.
- Gene Map of the Human Genome published in the journal Science: a map of the locations of more than 16,000 of the genes found inside a human cell, a collaborative project by more than 100 scientists from governments, universities and commercial laboratories across the world. "The gene map unifies the existing genetic and physical maps with the nucleotide and protein sequence databases in a fashion that should speed the discovery of genes underlying inherited human disease." Includes a glossary and links to general information on a variety of diseases.
- Global Health Network GHNet - This is a large collection of public health sites developed by the Global Health Alliance. The "Organizations", "Information" and "Special Focus" areas lead to information and public health experts from all over the world.
- HCN Australian Health, Health Communication Network, Australian Internet health information providers: searchable database of Australian health sites. Other resources available at no cost are conference announcements and consumer health brochures; HCN also offers materials and information services for a fee.
- Health On the Net (HON), an extensive list of international medical sites, is a project of the Health On the Internet Foundation, Geneva, [Switzerland].
- Healthy Partners
- Maintained by American International Health Alliance, these pages have a wealth of information including reports from AIHA projects, funding resources, e-mail directories, country information and translated material.
- HealthSeek: health care industry related news, information and resources including links to comprehensive telemedicine sites.
- International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
- International Clearinghouse of Health System Reform Initiatives (ICHSRI): database of information on health system reform in the developing world, in English [Mexico].
- Johns Hopkins University
- Medical World Search: a medical search engine that searches major medical sites on the Web, and the indexes of other search engines, by mapping keywords and phrases to the National Library of Medicine's Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) thesaurus (requires registration for customized features).
- Medical/Health Sciences Libraries on the Web, maintained at the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, Univ. of Iowa, lists Web sites from medical libraries around the world. Some include links to their online catalogs.
- MedicineNet, written by U.S. board-certified medical specialists: a well-designed consumer-oriented site that includes a medical dictionary and listing of disorders and treatments.
- Medscape from SCP Communications, Inc.: a clinical medical site that includes peer-reviewed articles, arranged by specialty, and daily medical news for health care providers and consumers.
- The Mosquito Genome
- National Library of Medicine (NLM) Online Databases and Databanks including MEDLINE: descriptions of biomedical information databases available in the NLM's MEDLARS computerized system. NLM offers software that facilitates using the MEDLARS system and has developed Internet Grateful Med.
- National Science Foundation (USA)
- On-line Dictionaries: a comprehensive collection of online dictionaries and grammars in many languages as well as thesauri and multilingual and specialized dictionaries.
- OneLook Dictionaries -- Dictionary and Glossary List- Special Subject Dictionaries
- Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Technical Information: program descriptions in health areas, e.g., immunization (including updated disease surveillance statistics), disease prevention and control, disasters.
- Preliminary Study Public Health Documentation, Technical University Berlin Institute of Health Sciences: description of an assessment of informational needs in public health research with an emphasis on public health-related issues of urban planning and engineering; includes links to public health Internet resources (German and English versions).
- ProMed: Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases: a project of the Federation of American Scientists to develop an effective global infectious disease surveillance system, improving capabilities for dealing with emerging infectious diseases.
- Public Health in Deutschland Homepage (in German).
- Franklin Pierce Law Center
- Stanford University Medical Center
- UN Internet WEB and Gopher pages
- United Nations Information Services
- USAID. United States Agency for International Development
- World Health Organization (WHO), headquartered in Switzerland, has regional offices around the world.
- WHO European Regional Office - An excellent site which has descriptions of technical programs, a list of WHO/Europe publications and links to many other sites, including Schools of Public Health in Europe.
- World Bank - Early Child Development
- PubMed PubMed is the National Library of Medicines free online search service offering access to nine million citations from the medical literature in Medline and Pre-Medline databases. Many citations include an abstract and links to full-text articles.
Governments and Multi-National Organizations
United States Government
Non-Governmental Organizations / Projects
Electronic Publications of Special Interest to Public Health Professionals
- ACP Journal Club, American College of Physicians: summaries and commentaries on selections from the biomedical literature.
- AMA Publications: links to Web editions of JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) and archives of several other medical journals, American Medical News, Science News Summaries (including public health news), and Science News press releases of recent published research with abstracts. A brief one-time, no-cost registration process is required.
- BMJ, the British Medical Journal.
- EID: Emerging Infectious Diseases is published by the National Center for Infectious Diseases, CDC, international in scope, and intended for professionals in infectious diseases and related sciences.
- Evidence-Based Medicine, the American College of Physicians and the BMJ Publishing Group: summaries and commentary on "significant evidence-based articles from the biomedical literature"; selections from print bimonthly journal.
- Health Matters is an independent quarterly magazine about health politics and policy. It is non-profitmaking and has a principled editorial policy in support of the NHS and a reduction in health inequality both nationally and internationally. The magazine was launched in 1988 and has steadily built a strong reputation for clear, authoritative reporting and analysis.
- International Journal of Epidemiology: contents and abstracts of current issues.
- Journal Club on the Web, an on-line, interactive, general medical journal club, includes summaries of journal articles (mostly adult internal medicine) with comments and is authored and maintained by Michael Jacobson, MD, MPH, an internist/cardiologist.
- Journal of Public Health Medicine: offers online contents and abstracts of current issues.
- Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy from Merck & Co., a pharmaceutical company engaged in research: the Infectious Diseases, Disorders Due to Physical Agents, and Poisoning sections may be of particular interest to public health professionals [US].
- Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), requires Adobe(TM) Acrobat(TM) Reader. An ASCII text version is available at the="gopher://cwis.usc.edu/11/The_Health_Sciences_Campus/Periodicals/mmwr">MMWR gopher site.
- Nature Medicine, a monthly international biomedical research journal, offers tables of contents and article abstracts from recent issues.
- New England Journal of Medicine, complete/partial text or abstracts of articles from current and past (1996) issues.
- Science, the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Selected Guides and Catalogs of Public Health Resources
- Epidemiology (Biosciences, Medicine), World Wide Web Virtual Library. Maintained by the Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Univ. of California San Francisco, this is an extensive list of government and international sources, university sites, sites by disease/subject, publications, meetings, and statistics sources.
- Hardin MD (Meta Directory) of Internet Health Sources from the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, Univ. of Iowa: "pointers to the most complete and frequently cited lists," arranged by subject and by size of list. A What's New feature lists daily additions of health sites to the WWW.
- Hardin MD: Preventitive Medica and Public Health.
- Health Care Information Resources: Illness, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada: comprehensive patient/family resources on health problems categorized by type of illness.
- HealthLinks: Public Health, University of Washington Health Sciences Center [US].
- Martindale's Health Science Guide - '95 is a multimedia site maintained at the University of California, Irvine [US].
- Martindale's Health Science Guide - '95: The "Virtual" Public Health Center.
- Medical Matrix, a guide to Internet clinical medicine resources, is a project of the American Medical Informatics Association's Internet Working Group.
- OMNI: Organising Medical Networked Information, from the National Institute for Medical Research, UK, and six other consortium members, is a well-organized, indexed gateway to high quality biomedical information on the Internet [UK].
- Virtual Library: Biosciences - Medicine, maintained at Harvard University [US].
- YAHOO Health page. YAHOO is one of the attempts at comprehensive cataloging of Internet resources.
Selected Resources for Specific Diseases
- AIDS Daily Summaries from the Centers for Disease Control.
- AIDS Pathfinder, compiled at the Pacific North West Regional Medical Library, at the University of Washington, [US].
- Community Health Center, a health promotion and education project, Boston Univ. School of Medicine [US].
- HIV/AIDS Prevention from CDC's National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHSTP) [US].
- International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC): drug and treatment news, conference announcements and reports, information on opportunistic diseases, journal articles, and consumer information.
- UNAIDS: Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.
- AIDS Resources
Cancer Prevention and Control
- Cancer - Contact information for member organizations, links to other organizations.
- Cancer News on the Net, edited by Richard K.J. Brown, M.D.: links to news resources; information grouped by cancer type; articles accepted for review and Internet publication by editor.
- National Cancer Institute, information for health professionals, basic researchers, and patients on all types of cancer, and guidelines for treatment including Treatment Protocols and patient information. The information is maintained and updated monthly by the National Cancer Institute [US].
- Guide to Internet Resources for Cancer, University of Newcastle upon Tyne: includes links to resources grouped by type of cancer, medical specialty, country and language [UK].
- OncoLink is a comprehensive resource for doctors and patients, including resources to help patients cope with the disease. Maintained at the University of Pennsylvania [US].
- Mesothelioma Center is a one-stop resource on all asbestos issues ranging from occupational exposure to mesothelioma treatment options. It provides the latest, up-to-date information in the hopes of spreading awareness about the dangers of asbestos cancer.
- All the Virology on the World Wide Web: a very comprehensive site that includes pictures of viruses and microbiology course note sets [US].
- CDSC: The Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre of the Public Health Laboratory Service for England and Wales includes link to CDR (Communicable Disease Report) with instructions for downloading.
- Cyclospora: information on the parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis for the general public and health professionals, from the National Center for Infectious Diseases [US].
- Emerging and Other Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Control (EMC) from WHO includes reports of disease outbreaks and information on viewing or subscribing to the Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER).
- Emerging and Re-emerging Viruses: An Essay, by Alison Jacobson, Department of Microbiology, University of Capetown [South Africa].
- Factsheets on Communicable Diseases from New York State Department of Health [US].
- Community Service Center, a health promotion and education project, Boston Univ. School of Medicine [US].
- CDC: Learn About Lyme Disease: comprehensive.
- Medscape: Infectious Diseases: abstracts, peer-reviewed full-text articles and a list of keywords that can be used for searching this topic, for health care providers and consumers (one-time registration required) [US].
- World Wide Web Server for Virology, Institute for Molecular Virology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison: includes a wealth of links to articles and documents on Ebola outbreaks, information on BSE including names and addresses of BSE-involved public health doctors.
- Diseases of the Liver: a list of links compiled by CPMCnet at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center that provide information on specific liver diseases including Hepatitis A, B, C, D E and G.
- Hepatitis A to E, National Center for Infectious Diseases, CDC: a slide presentation of the clinical features, Epidemiology and prevention of viral hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E.
- Immunization Action Coalition; Hepatitis B Coalition [US].
Infectious Disease Prevention and Control
- UNAIDS - Good source for links to other AIDS organizations and institutions; 1996 statistics. The CDC AIDs Summaries are reprinted here.
- HIV/AIDS Information - U.S. National Library of Medicine
- CDC National Center for AIDS, STDs and Tuberculosis
The U.S. National AIDS Clearinghouse database is here. Prevention and treatment protocols, statistical information and health education materials.
- HEPNET - This site focuses on the needs of the medical community, providing updates on patient care issues, serology, new clinical papers and news releases, as well as links to many other excellent hepatitis related sites.
- International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Contact information and a description of the organization.
Smoking and Tobacco
Vaccination and Immunization
- Arizona Cancer Center, University of Arizona Health Sciences Center.
- Tobacco Control Archives, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF): papers, unpublished documents and electronic resources including the= Brown & Williamson Collection, documents consisting "primarily of scientific studies on the addictive nature of nicotine and other health effects of tobacco smoke."
- The 1996="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov">Guide to Clinical Preventative Services includes a section on Immunizations and Chemoprophylaxis [US].
Selected Resources by Subject Area
Disasters & Emergencies
Epidemiological and Statistical Data
Epidemiology & Biostatistics
- Centre for the Epidemiology of Infectious Disease, Oxford University, UK.
- CEDR: Comprehensive Epidemiologic Data Resource, is "an effort of the U.S. Department of Energy to integrate and broaden access to its epidemiological information. The CEDR information system...began as a repository of data that support the DOE Worker Health and Mortality Study, and is expanding to provide access to other types of data relevant to epidemiologic issues, such as dose reconstruction, area monitoring, and epidemiologic surveillance data."
- Epidemiology (Biosciences, Medicine), World Wide Web Virtual Library, maintained by the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco.
- Reach: Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health: includes information on data management for this study conducted by the University Center for Social and Urban Research with the Epidemiology Data Center, University of Pittsburgh [US].
- Epidemiological surveillance bulletins, reports and maps; in French and English [France].
- Statistics Canada, Canada's national statistical agency: includes Canadian Dimensions: The People, with population data, life expectancy, vital statistics, notifiable diseases; French and English versions; list of other statistical Web servers [Canada].
Family Planning and Reproductive Health Resources
- POPLINE - POPLINE provides citations with abstracts of the worldwide literature on population, family planning, and related health issues published since June 1997.
- POPTECH - Source for evaluations of USAID projects.
- The Medical and Public Health Law Site, University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law: includes Law and the Physician: A Practical Guide, an electronic book, and Federal Regulations on Medicare Payments to Physicians, each organized as a searchable infobase [US].
- Selected Internet Resources in Health Law and Policy, Saint Louis University School of Law Center for Health Law Studies: well-annotated links to health law resources arranged in categories [US].
Health Promotion / Disease Prevention
Injury and Safety
- Health Care Information Resources: Wellness, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada: comprehensive health care consumer resources on disease prevention and health promotion.
- Health Promotion on the Internet, provided by the Health Promotion Unit of Monash University's Department of Medicine, includes links to health resources in Victoria, Australia, as well as to many other health-related WWW sites [Australia].
- Health Promotion Research Internet Network: international health promotion centers and sites from the WHO Collaborating Centre on Supportive Environments for Health at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, [Sweden].
- National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) World Wide Web home page from the CDC.
- The National Library of Medicine's Health Services/Technology Assessment Text (HSTAT) includes the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research Clinical Practice Guidelines (some consumer versions in Spanish) and the Public Health Service Guide to Clinical Preventive Services (Second Edition). Keyword searching is available [US].
- WHO Healthy Cities and Network - WHO Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark: a project that aims to build worldwide local lobbies for public health; includes downloadable publications and contact lists of project city coordinators.
International Business, Trade, Marketing and Industry Information
Nutrition & Hunger
Population & Reproduction
- Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP), U.S. Department of Agriculture: seeks to improve the nutritional status of the population by linking scientific research to the consumer.
- Food and Nutrition Information Center, part of the National Agriculture Library [US].
- International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation: "sound, scientific information on food safety and nutrition to journalists, health professionals, educators, government officials and consumers" [US].
- International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS). The objects of the IUNS are:
to promote advancement in nutrition science, research and development through international cooperation at the global level;
to encourage communication and collaboration among nutrition scientists as well as to disseminate information in nutritional sciences through modern communication technology.
- Internet FDA, U.S. Food and Drug Administration: food, drug and medical device safety and approval information including some FDA food and cosmetic documents in Russian and Spanish.
- USDA Nutrient Values. (click the indexes)
- Total Nutrition Truth at Brown University [US].
- Demography and Population Studies (Australian National University): a list of the leading information sources for researchers in the field of demography.
- Office of Population Affairs (OPA), Dept. of Health and Human Services: adolescent pregnancy trends, grant information, family planning and reproductive health care resources, legislation [US].
- US Agency for International Development (USAID) supports the stabilization of population growth and the promotion of health; USAID Web site.