What I present here is a personal view of what I consider some of the more useful sites in health education and health promotion. I make no claims to cover everything, it is unashamedly idiosynchratic and if you feel strongly that think I have left something really useful out please contact me. I tested all these links at the time of posting. Unfortunately organizations have a habit of changing their web site address and moving materials to different locations. In two recent cases sites for highly respected international organisations have been hijacked and used for pornography! I also take no responsibility for the quality of the information on these sites - you will have tojudge for yourself!

  1. International/Bilateral Agencies
  2. General Health and Epidemiology Resources
  3. Health Education and Health Promotion
  4. Bibliographic Resources
  5. Newsletters and journals
  6. Systematic reviews

1. International/bilateral agencies

UNESCO the Education section of UNESCO has very useful material on many different aspects of education including access to education, AIDS, Gender, street kids etc.

UNICEF - the search facility on this site will uncover many useful documents on child health, rights etc.

United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) is a valuable resource on population issues, adolescent health, issues of gender and reaching of men.

World Bank is a valuable source of material and the site that is linked is there starting poing for searching for programmes and resources on a wide range of topics

 World Health Organization - Global HQ in Geneva this is one of the main starting point for any exploration of health issues on the internet. You can find useful material through fact sheets, press releases, disease specific sites.  Health promotion in WHO HQ has had a difficult time and it has now been moved to a remote section of the cluster for non-communicable diseases. Never-the-less you will find some useful material on the classic health promotion documents Ottawa Charter and subsequent HP meetings, health promoting schools etc. at this site.

World Health Organization EURO Region is a useful site for finding out more about the various European initiatives especially the healthy schools, healthy cities, European Network of Health Promoting Schools and Healthy Hospitals

World Health Organization PAHO has good coverage of the Caribbean and Latin American scene with many useful resource documents and the contents of PAHO Bulletin.

United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)

Government sites:

United States Agency for International Development USAID This is one of the major donors in the field of international health and the site provides detials of its activities as well as link pages to details of its programmes

Department for International Development (DFID) This is the web site for the UK government Aid Programme with many relevant documents available as downloads)


One World Network is a focal point and portal for a range of organizations and NGOs working for change in the developing world and the partners section is a useful entry point to a wide range of organizations.

Oxfam Many useful reports available including the Oxfam Education Report, Men's involvement in Gender adn Development and Ending violence against women

International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW) provides access to a wide range of well written reviews and reports on health topics especially reproductive health and micronutrients and a good links page to other sites on women and gender


2. General health and epidemiology

BUBL - is a links site servicing higher education in UK with many valuable links to UK organizations e.g. Health Development Agency and Health Education Board for Scotland and health promotion in general.

Centre for Disease Control at Atlanta, Georgia, is an authoritative source of information on a wide range of health topics

Dictionary of epidemiology - copyright of Jonathan Swinton and a useful reference source

ELDIS A valuable gateway to a wide range of information about development with a strong research focus. The search facility picks up many unpublished documents

Epidemiology for the uninitiated. A very useful introductory textbook from the British Medical Journal on epidemiology available on line to download.

Various universities (mainly US have public health pages with good links pages and access to documents. University of California Berkley guide to public health resources on the internet, Healthweb - Public Health of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Harvard School of Public Health and Karolinska Institute Stockholm are all useful sites.

OMNI offers free access to a searchable catalogue of Internet sites covering health and medicine.

Pitt University Global Health Resources provides a valuable links page to resources that relate to public health worldwide e.g. public health resources, electronic publications, databases (they recently changed the location of the page and hoepfully won't do it again!)

Public Health Laboratory Service of UK has background material on a wide range of diseases and health issues

Statistical resources on the web - health. A verycomprehensive links page provided by the libraryof the Universityof Michigan.

Studying populations. You can download a free 30 day trial of a computer-assisted learning package for basic epidemiological methods.

Supercourse - This site has over a hundred tutorial programmes on epidemiology, specific diseases and health promotion. An ideal way to learn about something through a structured online programme.


3. Health education and health promotion

American Public Health Association resources links section. This is an extremelycomprehensive links page for health education and health promotion.

Communication Initiative provides a useful entry point to the world of health communications/social marketing - with links, lists of consultants, resources, powerpoint overheads on communication planning models. The focus is broader than health and covers many other development issues including environment, gender and general development. The focus is strongly oriented towards mass media and social marketing.

EC/UNFPA initiative for reproductive health in Asia. Contains a comprehensive and searchable database on IEC programmes within the Asia Region with both research materials and tools for programme implementation and evaluation

Health Communication Unit at the Centre for Health Promotion, University of Toronto has an extensive listing of websites as well as a range of resource documents on planning of health promotion and health communication programmes

Health Promotion England is a non-statutory body within the NHS which implementes health promotion activities. Their site has details on many health topics and also contact details for health promotion units in England. The site provides links to a wide range of bodies involved in health promotion in UK.

Institute of Health Promotion Research, University of British Columbia, Canada. Contins documents on the PRECEDE model and other health promotion topics and links to other health promotion sites

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) of particular interest because of its key role in supporting the use of PRA methods - they have a database of PRA studies that you can search on the web and order copies.

INTRAH This organization has a range of useful documents on the development of communication programmes for developing countries, trainers materials, guides to pre-testing.

National Cancer Institute, Bestheda, Maryland, USA - as well a providing a comprehensive selection of materials on cancer this site also has some very useful manuals. Theory at a Glance provides one of the best overviews of the theories used in health education and Making Health Communication Programmes Work is a good guide to programme planning and pre-testing. 

4. Bibliographic tools

ERIC is a major database of the education literature and a search will often produce material that it not in MEDLINE.

The NLM Gateway allows users to search in multiple retrieval systems at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). The current Gateway searches MEDLINE/PubMed, OLDMEDLINE, LOCATORplus, MEDLINEplus, DIRLINE, AIDS Meetings, Health Services Research Meetings

LOCATORplus, the NLM Library's catalog of books, journals, and audiovisuals and access points to other medical research tools. Select from the following menu choices to access a variety of medical information

POPLINE Is a particularly useful resource in that it complements Medline by including journals that are not indexed in Medline and also newsletters and unpublished reports. Also there are regularly updated frequently requested POPLINE searches with records published in last 3 years on the following topics: Adolescent Pregnancy, Adolescents & Reproductive Health, Advocacy, Age at First Intercourse, AIDS and Men, AIDS and Women, Breastfeeding, Condoms, Entertainment Education, Family Planning Methods, Female Genital Mutilation, IEC, Interpersonal Communication & Counseling IUDs. Maternal and Neonatal Health, Men & Family, planning, Natural Family Planning, Oral Contraceptives,Population and Environment, Quality of Care, Reproductive Health Issues, Safer Sex, STDs, Violence Against Women, Women in Development

WHOLIS is the World Health Organization library database available on the web. WHOLIS indexes all WHO publications from 1948 onwards and articles from WHO-produced journals and technical documents from 1985 to the present. An on-site card catalogue provides access to the pre-1986 technical documents.


5. Newsletters and journals


AIDS Action, Child Health Dialogue, Disability Dialogue, Health Action - all from the site of Health Link - formerly ARHTAG

International Health Matters DFID newsletter - each topic is a review around a particular health issue

Population Reports from Johns Hopkins Communication site


I prefer to do my research from my computer and not go into libraries unless absolutely necessary. Here are some journals that are available free. There are lots more available online but you need to get an access code from a university library.

African Journals Online. AJOL 2011 offers the tables of contents and abstracts of articles from  journals in agricultural sciences, science and technology, health and social sciences, published in Africa: African Journal of Reproductive Health (Nigeria),Central African Journal of Medicine (Zimbabwe), East African Medical Journal (Kenya), Ethiopian Journal of Health Development,Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences (Nigeria), Journal of the Nigerian Infection Control Association, Malawi Medical Journal, Scientific Medical Journal (Egypt), Southern African Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Bulletin of the World Health Organization available full text

British Medical Journal offers full text access

Emerging Infections Diseases is a journal available full text on line from CDC Atlanta.

International Family planning Perspectives found at the web site of the Alan Guttmacher Institute

INASP the International Network for the Availabilty of Scientific Publications. The links page gives a comprehensive listing of sources of literature from Africa - most of them involve some kind of payment for access

The Lancet offers a search facility and full text access to subscribers at The lancet - search facility (John user pw hubley)

Reviews of Health Promotion and Education Online - electronic journal produced by the International Union of Health Promotion

SciELO Public Health is an electronic library online covering health science articles published by scientific and is a particularly valuable source of full text journals in Spanish and Portuguese such as Cadernos de Saúde Pública, Revista de Saúde Pública, Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública is a good overview site of what's available free e.g. Emerging Infectious Diseases. It also lists many useful journals that are available after one or two years e.g. International j Epidemiology after 2 years; Heath Promotion International, Health Policy and Planning, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, British Journal of Ophthalmology


6. Evidence-based practice/systematic reviews

None of these have a developing country focus but provide useful links to systematic reviews done in developing countries

Abstracts of Cochrane Reviews Cochrane Reviews make the results of research assessing the effects of health care more easily available to those who want to make better decisions.

DARE database, NHS Centre for reviews and dissemination – University of York. The NHS centre for Reviews and Dissemination - their database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness (DARE) covers the published literature on effectiveness of health care interventions.

Evidence for Policy and Practice Information Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre)The EPPI-Centre is part of the Social Science Research Unit (SSRU), Institute of Education, University of London, and has been involved in a methodological programme of evidence-based work on social interventions since 1993. The EPPI-Centre has compiled a register of ongoing and completed effectiveness reviews in different health promotion areas. This register currently contains over 400 ongoing and completed effectiveness reviews. All reviews have been keyworded systematically according to their health focus (e.g. mental health, sexual health, tobacco, drugs) and relevant population group (e.g. age group, gender).

TRIP The Gwent-based TRIP (Turning Research into Practice) Database amalgamates a number of separate providers of evidence-based material into this one database and has 15,000 links from 61 sources, including peer-reviewed journals as the BMJ, JAMA, NEMJ and others from the BMJ Publishing Group


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