Global Health

The American Public Health Association is committed to improving global health and was one of the first U.S. non-governmental organizations to become involved in this field.

APHA has had its own program in global health since the early 1970s and works with 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 EVENTS: Join us in South Africa and New Orleans


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.


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
“Healthography: How where you live affects your health and well-being"
Call for Abstracts — submission deadlines vary. Please visit the Abstract Submission page for more information.

Save the Date: World Federation of Public Health Associations’ 14th World Congress on Public Health
“Healthy People, Healthy Environment”
February 11-15, 2015
WFPHA and the Indian Public Health Association welcome 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. The call for abstracts closes on June 15.

WFPHA e-newsletter
For the latest news highlighting the work of the Federation and other member associations around the world, read the e-newsletter


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.

International Travel Opportunities
APHA, in consultation with a travel vendor, annually organizes research delegations to Cuba for health professionals as well as graduate students working toward 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 health care system. Generally, the specific meetings and topics for discussion are determined based on the composition and research interests of the teams. Trips also are 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