The cost of a global health education in the UK

Whether by distance learning or ‘in-house’, a global health education (GHE) in the UK is going to cost you a pretty penny. But how much, and does it pay to shop around? I’ve recently been involved in a review of GHE in the UK. With some colleagues from Simon Fraser University, we reviewed all UG and PG global health programmes on offer at UK institutions for the period 2013-14. Almost as an afterthought, we tabulated the cost of each programme. 



Gender bending global health

Hands up, who thinks of women when someone mentions gender? Be honest now. You do? Well, guess what, you’re not alone. According to a couple of researchers writing in the Lancet today, many of the leading global health institutions do too. Worse, some don’t have much of a clue about gender at all. Here’s how Hawkes and Buse summarise their findings: “Gender is missing from, misunderstood in, and only sometimes mainstreamed into global health policies and programmes”. Ouch!



Open Access Journals – Free at the Point of Readership

No doubt you’ll be as excited as I am at the prospect next week of not one but two new open access global health journals: the Lancet Global Health and Global Health: Science and Practice (GHSP). Prompted by a twitter exchange with @MarkRTurner and Lancet editor @pam_das (which you can – for the time being at least – see on the right), I did a quick review of Open Access journal Article Processing Charges (APCs). Here’s what I found: 


The Elders are coming, look busy!

Have you heard of The Elders? No, me neither, at least not until last week. When I did, I assumed it was a cult or some kind of retirement home for the once in-power but now dispossessed. Turns out it is, but for really self-important people. Well, self-important enough to call themselves ‘The Elders’. I bet you’re wondering who came up with such a patronising, tragic, cringe-inducing title? I bet it wasn’t Richard Branson and Peter Gabriel. Oh, it was. (more…)

Global health journal impact factors 2012

It’s that time of year again – how quickly it comes round! What, what, you might ask? Is it time to turn the clocks back already? No, not that! I’m talking about Thomson Reuters publishing their annual Journal Citation Reports – the Report that tells you the impact factor of all your favourite journals. I’ve posted on this before – see here and here. Most university libraries have a subscription – check it out.

journal imageThis time around, I’ve updated our table and added a few more journals that regularly publish articles on global health – you can view it below. It’s not an exhaustive list, just the ones I know about. Fingers crossed the excellent journal Global Health Governance gets a mention by Reuters next year.

Global Health Journals 2012

Thanks to Victoria Fan, Monica Green, Igor Rudan, and Judith Green for their suggestions for journals to include – I’ve added them all to the new table. If anyone has further suggestions for next year, please leave a comment.


‘Reshaping global health’ – a radical proposal for global health?

What is it with shapes and global development? Seems a week doesn’t go by without someone proposing a new one. I wish I worked in sustainable development – they get food-inspired shapes like doughnuts. In public health you just get triangles. At least you used to. Now we have a proposal to consider from three well-known global health scholars: Mark Dybul, Peter Piot and Julio Frenk. They want to re-shape global health. They think it’s a radical proposal. Here’s what I think. (more…)