Global Health

The American Public Health Association has a long-standing commitment to global health and was one of the first U.S. non-governmental organizations to become involved in this field.

Since the early 1970s, APHA has had its own program in global health and has collaborated with other organizations to promote better health in other countries around the world. For more information on the history of global health at APHA, please see the published booklet entitled Growth of International Health: An Analysis and History.

As the leading professional association that promotes and protects the health of all people, our diverse membership includes representation from over 100 countries!

Across the association, APHA promotes global health through various programs, activities, and partnerships.


Global Health News, Events


APHA works collaboratively with its key partners in global health including: the Pan-American Health Organization, Global Health Council, United Nations Council of Organizations, and the>World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA).


International Health Section

The International Health Section, an active community of 1,600 international health professionals based in the U.S. and overseas, was founded in 1976 to provide leadership and a focus on international public health issues within APHA. It is one of APHA’s 29 discipline-based Sections. Members can connect with the Section by visiting their web page.

International Trade and Health Forum
The forum convenes members with an interest and concern regarding the adverse impacts from international trade agreements (such as NAFTA, CAFTA, and GATS) on public health, both internationally and within the United States. Additionally, the Forum works to educate APHA members about the impact of trade issues on public health, and to protect public health priorities in international trade policy. Learn more about the forum.


APHA’s 142nd Annual Meeting
November 15-19, 2014
New Orleans, LA
Call for Abstracts—submission deadlines vary by components. Please visit the Abstract Submission page for more information.

Ethiopian Public Health Association’s 25th Silver Jubilee
“25 Years of Professional Commitment for the Health of the Ethiopian Peoples”
February 20-22, 2014
Venue: African Union Conference Hall

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Consortium for Universities Global Health conference
“Universities 2.0: Advancing Global Health in the Post-MDG Era”
May 10-12, 2014
The Washington Hilton, Washington DC
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Save the Date: World Federation of Public Health Associations’ 14th World Congress on Public Health
“Healthy People, Healthy Environment”
February 11-15, 2015
The WFPHA’s World Congress on Public Health, traditionally organized every three years, is a scientific conference for public health professionals from around the world.  As such, the WFPHA and the Indian Public Health Association welcomes global development experts to gather at the Congress to share ideas, experiences, and research.  The event will not only serve as a venue for an international exchange of knowledge and best practices but also highlight public health within the SEARO region. Stay tuned for the call for abstracts to open soon.

WFPHA monthly e-newsletter
As APHA is a member of the World Federation of Public Health Associations, an e-newsletter is shared monthly. For the latest news highlighting the work of the Federation and other member associations around the world, read the e-newsletter.

Summaries of Global Health Events and Webinars: 

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Pan American Health Organization's Internship and Practicum Program (IPP)
While building human capacity of mid career to senior professionals, PAHO recognizes the importance of a new generation of public health leaders who have an understanding of global health issues and the role of international organizations in achieving the MDGs and other health initiatives. To this end, in summer 2006, PAHO launched the Internship and Practicum Program (IPP). The program trains young and energetic individuals entering the public health field and interested in providing services to the Organization on a voluntary basis, also known as internships/practicum. The program provides the Organization with young, energetic, skilled human resources and increases PAHO’s visibility with Universities in the Americas region. PAHO Interns/volunteers are a diverse group of senior undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students from diverse universities; coming 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. For more information visit their website.


International Travel Opportunities
The American Public Health Association, in consultation with a travel vendor, annually organizes research delegations to Cuba for health professionals as well as graduate students working towards an advanced degree in public health. Participants must be active members of APHA. 

We invite you to join the next delegation to research Cuba’s healthcare system.  Generally, the specific meetings and topics for discussion are determined based on the composition and research interests of the teams. Trips are also planned for other countries throughout the year.

For questions or information about APHA’s work in global health, please contact:

Vina HuLamm, MS
Global Health Manager
(202) 777-2506