Teaching Resources

Featured resource: Teaching Essentials for Global Health Teaching Fellows. This guide was created to serve as a user-friendly reference for teaching fellows (TFs) of undergraduate global health courses at Harvard. Recognizing the rich diversity of disciplines and stages of training represented by global health TFs, we have gathered a collection of information and resources that addresses knowledge and skills that global health TFs may be asked to draw upon during the course of their teaching.

For additional information on global health teaching opportunities at Harvard and key entities and resources available for developing teaching skills, visit our Teaching Fellows page.

Below is a selection of resources that may be useful to educators (and students) involved in global health-related teaching and learning. To facilitate browsing, these resources are generally ordered within each category to feature the most broadly useful ones first. Our Priority Challenges pages also contain resources that may be relevant to teaching on specific topics.

Teaching Tools

Teaching Cases & How to Teach with Cases
Videos and Podcasts
Slides and Infographics
Data Sources and Data Visualization Tools


Curriculum Development
Learning Modules and Courses for Self-Learning

Publications, News, and Data

Key Annual and Semi-Annual Report Sources
Selected Publications Relevant to Global Health
Fact Sheet Sources
Country Profiles
Policy Brief Sources
Global Health News Sources: At Harvard
Global Health News Sources: Around the World

Teaching Cases & How to Teach with Cases
Millions Saved Case Studies (Center for Global Development)
Collection of global health success stories related to large-scale efforts to improve health and development in the developing world.

World Bank “Evidence to Policy” Case Studies (World Bank)
Collection of case studies developed as learning materials for the World Bank’s learning programs covering a number of topics from universal health care to health and human development.

Case Studies for Global Health (Global Health Case Studies Project)
Free collection of global health case studies with a specialty on identifying key stakeholders to address multi-sector health concerns.

Teaching Cases on Global Health Delivery (Global Health Delivery Project)
Created by the Global Health Delivery Project of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, these full-text teaching cases are available at no cost through Harvard Business School Publishing.

Teaching Cases in Global Health (Harvard School of Public Health)
Select global health teaching cases on policy, technology, and health systems issues.

Women and Global Health Case Studies (UN Women)
Thematic briefs and impact stories that may be incorporated into case-based teaching.

Health Policy Case Collection (Harvard Kennedy School)
Archive of case studies related to public management and the non-profit sphere.

Case Development Initiative (Harvard Law School)
Uses interviews, data, and research to develop case curriculum with a legal focus.

How to Teach with Cases:
Teaching Essentials for Global Health Teaching Fellows (HGHI)
Features a tip sheet on teaching with cases intended for the undergraduate classroom.

An Introduction to Case-Based Teaching (Harvard School of Public Health, requires HUID)
Case-based teaching workshop videos demonstrating and explaining case-based teaching.

Case Method Resources (Harvard Business School)

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Videos and Podcasts
Global Health Videos (Global Health Frontline News)
Text and video news stories on timely global health issues. Each topic features short clips that are engaging and easy to incorporate into lesson plans.

Global and Population Health Videos (Population Reference Bureau)
A variety of educational videos on population dynamics and health. For instance, Distilled Demographics: Deciphering Population Pyramids is part of a video series presenting key concepts in demography including fertility, mortality, and migration. The ENGAGE Policy Presentations video series was created to inform and engage policy audiences around family planning and reproductive health.

Global Health and Development Videos (Gapminder)
Repository of videos related to a variety of health topics including, child health, urbanization, neonatal health, and infectious disease. Includes a video of Hans Rosling’s TED talk on global economic development and health progress entitled “The Seemingly Impossible is Possible.”

Global Health YouTube Channel (Kaiser Family Foundation)
Interviews and videos related to global health.

The Forum at the Harvard School of Public Health (Harvard School of Public Health)
Provides decision-makers with a global platform to discuss policy choices and scientific controversies, allowing participants to leverage their collective knowledge.

The John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at the Institute of Politics at Harvard (Harvard University)
Harvard’s premier arena for political speech, discussion and debate. The Forum regularly hosts heads of state, leaders in politics, government, business, labor and the media.

TED Conference Videos (TED)
A clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world's most inspired thinkers in technology, entertainment, and design.

Videos and Multimedia (The New York Times)
Archive of video content related to current topics and NYT articles.

Harvard SoundCloud, iTunes U, and YouTube channels (Harvard University)
Harvard University's channels share audio and video content about life and learning that takes place here on campus and around the world. Certain schools and centers also have Vimeo channels, such as the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

(National Public Radio)
Collection of news, information, and music podcasts representing a network of 975 independent stations.

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Slides and Infographics
Global Health Graphics Bank (Kaiser Family Foundation)
Presentation slides illustrating current U.S. national and global health policies and investments, as well as policy insights, analyses cut in different ways and organized by topic, and graphics and interactive tools.

Population Graphics Bank (Population Reference Bureau)
Repository of slides illustrating international population and health topics, including aging trends, HIV/AIDS, poverty, reproductive health and family planning, and children/youth.

Assorted Graphs and Multimedia (The New York Times)
Archive of graphical content related to current topics and NYT articles.

Creative Visual Content and Graphics (Visualizing.org)
Open-source platform for creative graphical displays of data, featuring galleries organized by topic.

Creative Visual Content and Graphics (Visual.ly)
Platform for creative visual content including infographics. Structure allows publishers, designers, and researchers to easily distribute, like, comment on, and share resources.

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Data Sources & Visualization Tools, including Maps & Mapping Tools

World Bank
Resource Details
World Development Indicators Collection of development indicators from officially-recognized international sources, including national, regional, and global estimates.
World Health, Nutrition, and Population Statistics Comprehensive database of Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) statistics with over 250 indicators.
World Bank GenderStats Global and national data on gender issues from national statistics agencies, UN databases and World Bank surveys.
World Bank Data Catalogue Key development data and statistics from the World Bank as well as country profiles.
World Bank Apps for Development Innovative software applications submitted by the public that address the world’s most pressing problems.
World Bank eAtlas of Global Development Maps and graphs of more than 175 thematically organized indicators for over 200 countries, letting you visualize and compare progress on important development challenges.
World Bank eAtlas of Gender Interactive data visualization tool that allows you to view, map, and graph dozens of gender indicators over time and across countries.
World Bank eAtlas of MDGs A data visualization tool to map MDG indicators and progress towards achieving the MDG goals.

World Health Organization
Resource Details
Global Health Observatory (WHO) Provides access to data and analyses for monitoring global health, including critical data and analyses for key health themes, as well as direct access to the full database.
Global Health Atlas (WHO) Brings together analysis and comparisons of standardized data and statistics for communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases, human resources for health, and other world health statistics.

United Nations
Resource Details
UNICEF Statistics Global data on child well-being and health.
DEVinfo Tool for organizing, storing and presenting data in a uniform way to facilitate data sharing at the country level across government departments, UN agencies and partners.
MDG Monitor Shows how countries are progressing in their efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
UN Data Portal Databases housing the UN network statistics and indicators, including vital statistics and health indicators.
UNDP Human Development Report Statistics Interactive data and visualization tools include country profiles for all U.N. member-states, the Public Data Explorer, and the Human Development Index trends.
UN Statistics Division Compiles and disseminates global statistical information, develops standards and norms for statistical activities, and supports countries’ efforts to strengthen their national statistical systems.

Other Agencies and Organizations
Resource Details
Data Visualization and Publication Software (Tableau Public) Tool for visualizing and publishing interactive data to the web, including mapping data. No programming skills are required.
Data Visualizations (IHME) Allows users to see patterns and trends that are not readily apparent in the numbers themselves, such as how trends in mortality change over time and how countries compare.
DataFinder (Population Reference Bureau) Provides data on a larger set of socio-demographic variables for most of the world’s countries.
Eurostat (European Union) The statistical office of the European Union offering statistics that enable comparisons between countries and regions.
International Database (United States Census Bureau) Demographic indicators for countries and areas of the world with a population of 5,000 or more. Visualization formats include graphs and population pyramids.
Social Science Research Data Sources (MacroDataGuide) Informs not only on which high-quality data for social science research are out there and where they can be found but also provides a qualitative assessment of these resources.
Mapping the Human Development Index (Measure of America) Maps and other illustrations of Human Development Indicators for different US states, including a state-by-state Human Development Index including sub-indices for health, education, income, and indicators for risk factors, and more.
Mapping Inequity in the USA (The Equality of Opportunity Project) Maps, data, papers, and multimedia resources related to mobility within the United States and how trends compare over time and between different countries.
Public Data Explorer (Google) Makes large datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate. As the charts and maps animate over time, the changes in the world become easier to understand.
DHS Program STATcompiler (DHS & USAID) Allows users to visualize and explore hundreds of demographic and health indicators in custom tables, column charts, line graphs, maps, and scatterplots.
Statistical Visualization Graphics (FlowingData) Explores how designers, statisticians, and computer scientists use data to understand the world better.
Health Map: Global Disease Alert Map (Boston Children’s Hospital) The freely available software and mobile app (“Outbreaks Near Me”) deliver real-time intelligence on a broad range of emerging infectious diseases for a diverse audience.

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Curriculum Development
Teaching Instruments and Activities (World Bank)
Brief descriptions, practical how-tos, and case examples for a range of instruments and activities.

Teaching Public Health (Association of Schools of Public Health)
Full curriculum for a course on ethics and public health including essays, fact sheets, case studies, and discussion guides.

Teaching Population Development and Health (Population Reference Bureau)
Class activities, reading materials and resource links on topics related to population, demography, health, and migration.

Teaching Global Health and Development
(Center for Global Development)
Features resources for educators and students, including syllabi from courses taught by CGD-affiliated professors, as well as slide decks and multimedia presentations.

Teaching Quantitative Social Science (Teaching with Data.org)
Resources for incorporating quantitative concepts into social science curricula, including student exercises, readings, and sample syllabi.

Teaching Ethics (Harvard University)
Resources—including e-books, podcasts, and paper series—detailing the challenges of and strategies for addressing fundamental ethical problems.

Teaching Graphical Literacy (Gapminder)
Gapminder is used in classrooms around the world to build a fact-based world view using a number of different Gapminder tools and lesson plans.

Teaching Statistics (CAUSEweb.org)
Library of educational modules featuring a particular pedagogic methodology. Each module describes the what, why, and how of the particular teaching method. A growing collection of classroom activities is included within each pedagogic module.

Teaching Science (ScienceNetLinks)
Repository of lessons, resources, interactives, printables, and editorial content including podcasts that aid science education online and in the classroom. The content is primarily geared towards K-12 educators.

Media and Lesson Planning (PBS)
Repository of educational media—both video and text-based lessons plans and worksheets—based on or connected to PBS educational programs for K-12 educators.

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Learning Modules and Courses for Self-Learning:

Global Health Interventions and Program Design (Disease Control Priorities)
Global Health Delivery and Education (Unite for Sight)
Global Health Technical Areas (Global Health eLearning Center)
Health and Medicine (Khan Academy)
Complete Online Courses (EdX)

Economics and Development
Health Commodities Management (JSI eLearning)
Public Health Economics (Center for Disease Control)
Health Workforce (World Health Organization)

Ethical Dimensions of International Affairs (Carnegie Council)
Bioethics (Nuffield Council on Bioethics)

Maternal and Child Health
Maternal Health (Every Mother Counts)
Childhood Development (Center on Developing Child at Harvard University)
Gender and Development (BRIDGE)

Science and Research
Disease Conditions (BMJ Learning)
Program Evaluation (Poverty Action Lab)
Basic Science (Howard Hughes Medical Institute)
Health Research (Research Toolkit)

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Key Annual and Semi-Annual Report Sources

World Health Organization
Resource Details
World Health Report WHO’s leading publication, combining expert assessment of global health, including statistics relating to all countries, with a focus on specific subjects
World Health Statistics Presents the most recent health statistics for WHO Member States
Global Status Report on Road Safety Presents information on road safety from 182 countries
Neglected Tropical Diseases Explores data, policies and strategies related to the prevention, control, elimination and eradication of neglected tropical diseases
Global TB Control Comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the TB epidemic and progress in implementing and financing TB prevention, care and control
World Malaria Report Summary of information and analyses received from malaria-endemic countries and other sources
HIV/AIDS Global Report Offers indicators for monitoring and reporting on health sector response to HIV/AIDS

United Nations
Resource Details
Human Development Report (UNDP) Collects data and analyzes key global trends related to development, inequality, and poverty
Millennium Development Goals Report (UN) Up-to-date reporting on how countries are progressing in their efforts to achieve the MDGs 
The State of the World’s Children (UNICEF) Closely examines a key issue affecting children and includes supporting data and statistics
World Youth Report (UN) Highlights concerns, challenges and successes experienced by youth on a global level
State of the World’s Population (UNFPA) Outlines global population and demographic trends and circumstances
Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic (UNAIDS) Report on the global AIDS epidemic
World Food Programme Policy and Publications (WFP) Annual publication outlining WFP programs and initiatives
The State of Food Insecurity in the World (FAO) Raises awareness about global hunger issues, underlying causes of hunger and malnutrition, and progress
The State of Food and Agriculture (FAO) Presents a science-based assessment of an important focal topic for agricultural development and global food security, along with an overview of the global agricultural situation
The Global Report (UNHCR) Comprehensive review of the UN refugee agency's challenges and achievements worldwide over the preceding year
Progress of the World’s Women (UN Women) Bi-annual report investigating progress made towards a world where women live free from violence, poverty and inequality
Trade and Development Report (UNCTAD) Analyzes current economic trends and major policy issues of international concern, with suggestions for how to address
World Investment Report (UNCTAD) Analyzes trends in foreign direct investment (FDI) worldwide and at the regional and country levels, as well as emerging measures to improve FDI´s contribution to development
Global Report on Human Settlements (UN-Habitat) Analyzes a different global issue related to human settlements, cities, or urbanization each year

World Bank
Resource Details
World Development Report Produced on an annual basis since 1978 and is the World Bank's major analytical publication
World Bank World Development Indicators Collection of development indicators representing current global development data, as well as national, regional and global estimates
Global Monitoring Report Focuses on how the world is doing in implementing the policies and actions for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and related outcomes

Other Agencies and Organizations
Resource Details
Global Burden of Disease Study Reports (Lancet) Features papers from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (GBD 2010) and 2013 (GBD 2013), a systematic effort to describe the global distribution and causes of a wide array of major diseases, injuries, and health risk factors
Global Burden of Disease Study Reports (IMHE) Worldwide, collaborative research effort to quantify the comparative magnitude of health loss to diseases, injuries, and risk factors by age, sex, and geography over time
World Population Data Sheet (PRB) Summarizes world population trends, with close attention to the demographic transitions of a few countries
Countdown to 2015 Progress Report Highlights country progress towards achieving Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health
Annual Report (International Committee of the Red Cross) Annual account of field activities conducted through ICRC delegations worldwide to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and to promote respect for international humanitarian law
World Trade Report (World Trade Organization) An annual publication that aims to deepen understanding about trends in trade, trade policy issues and the multilateral trading system

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Selected Publications Relevant to Global Health
Note: Some journals listed below may require HUID login for access.

The Lancet
Weekly journal publishing original research, news and commentary related to medicine and public health with strong coverage of global health topics. [This link provides access to full text articles for Harvard affiliates].

Public Library of Science (PLoS) Medicine
Online, open access journal publishing articles on the major challenges to human health worldwide, including papers with relevance across a range of settings and that address the major environmental, social, and political determinants of health, as well as the biological.

  • PLoS Collections
    Topic-specific collections of articles from across the PLoS journals; includes many global health-relevant collections.

New England Journal of Medicine
Publishes research and key information at the intersection of biomedical science and clinical practice.

Global Health Series
A collection of articles on population health around the world, including a new series of Global Health review articles as well as Perspective and research articles.

Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Public health journal with a focus on developing countries.

National Academies Press Collections
The National Academies Press (NAP) was created by the National Academy of Sciences to publish the reports of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council. The NAP publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and medicine, providing authoritative information on important matters in science and health policy. All of these PDFs can be downloaded for free by the chapter or the entire book.

Institute of Medicine
Over 700 expert reports—including consensus reports and workshop summaries—on health topics of policy significance, often synthesizing the state of the evidence and providing recommendations.

International Food Policy Research Institute
International agricultural research center with publications focusing on food security, nutrition, and climate change.

American Journal of Public Health
The official journal of the American Public Health Association, AJPH publishes articles reporting original research, research methods, and program evaluation in the field of public health.

British Medical Journal (BMJ) Specialty Collections
Research and review articles on clinical medicine and public health.

Globalization and Health  
Open access, online journal publishing original research and debate on the topic of globalization and its effects on health.

Health Affairs
Publishes articles on health policy issues of current concern in domestic and international spheres.

Health Policy and Planning
Publishes articles from a range of disciplines on issues in global health, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries.

Weekly international journal publishing research in all fields of science and technology – including health – as well as news and editorials related to current topics in international science and technology policy.

Weekly journal publishing original scientific research, global news, and commentary across all scientific disciplines, including health-related disciplines.

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Fact Sheet Sources

Organization Details
Kaiser Family Foundation Range of fact sheets related to global health policy
WHO Extensive collection on disease types and health challenges
PRB Population-focused data sheets on a variety of topics
United Nations A selection below, as there is no central UN source:
UNAIDS Fact sheets related to AIDS epidemic
UN: MDGs MDG fact sheets
UN Water Thematic fact sheets on water
UN WFP WFP fact sheets
Global Network Fact sheets ranging from Neglected Tropical Disease (NTDs) to interventions and successes
PATH Includes series on diarrheal and vaccine fact sheets
Countdown to 2015 Maternal, newborn, and child health fact sheets
Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) Fact sheets on vaccine-preventable diseases
Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) Collection of fact sheets on nutrition

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Country Profiles

Resource Details
Country Health Profiles (WHO) Offers the main health data and statistics for each country, as compiled by WHO and partners in close consultation with Member States, and include descriptive and analytical summaries of health indicators for major health topics
Global Burden of Diseases Country Profiles (IMHE) Provide customized reports that summarize changes in countries’ health between 1990 and 2010
MDG Country Snapshots (UN) Snapshots of progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
Country Profiles (UNICEF) Intended as a point of departure for users interested in information on a specific country, these profiles include country profiles which monitor progress in maternal, newborn and child survival and development, including the areas of health, nutrition, water and sanitation, HIV & AIDS, child protection and education
Countdown to 2015 (UNICEF) Offers evidence-based, actionable Countdown data, messages, and charts, in a brief and straightforward format for use by advocates and policy makers
CIA World Factbook (Central Intelligence Agency) Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
BBC Country Profiles (BBC News) Concise profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions.
Water & Sanitation Coverage Estimates (JMP) Contain tables of source data, estimations and graphs for both urban and rural settings between 1980 and 2012 regarding sanitation and water supply
Country Profiles for Population and Reproductive Health: Policy Developments and Indicators (UNFPA)   Offer the latest international population statistics and social, economic and health indicators, by developing country and region
Health Equity and Financial Protection Datasheets (World Bank) Snapshots of key statistics on equity and financial protection in the health sectors of low- and middle-income countries
Mental Health Atlas 2011 Country Profiles (WHO) Mental Health Atlas Project maps mental health resources in the world. The 2011 version represents the latest global picture of resources available for mental health.
Country Fact Sheets (UNAIDS) Statistics of population, prevalence, demographics, and mortality rates of people living with HIV and AIDS

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Policy Brief Sources

World Bank
Knowledge Notes are short briefs that capture lessons learned from World Bank research and operations.

McKinsey Institute
The McKinsey Global Institute collects research briefs about the evolving global economy across the commercial, public, and social sectors.

Population Reference Bureau
Repository of policy and issue briefs about the exchange between population and health.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Policy briefs connecting research, policy, and scholarship in national and world affairs.

Poverty Action Lab
Publications linking randomized evaluations to poverty-alleviation policies.

Brookings Institute
Reports presenting recent evidence and issues related to foreign policy.

Center for Global Development
Briefs on timely research findings and policy debates related to global poverty alleviation, focusing on international development aid.

Council on Foreign Relations
Briefs, background documents, articles, interviews, and more on global issues.

Repository of briefings and reports on a wide range of global development topics.

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Global Health News Sources: At Harvard

Harvard Magazine (Harvard University)
Bimonthly magazine covering news and events across Harvard University.

Harvard Gazette (Harvard Public Affairs & Communications)
News and events from all of Harvard's Schools, updated daily online.

HSPH News (Harvard School of Public Health)
New research and information from the Harvard School of Public Health.

World Health News
(Harvard School of Public Health)
Weekly online news digest covering public health issues from around the world.

Harvard Medical School Office of Communications and External Relations (Harvard Medical School)
News and happenings at Harvard Medical School and its affiliates.

Bow Street Bulletin (Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies)
Newsletter on population and development, published three times per year.

ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America (Harvard University David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies)
Published three times per year, each issue focusing on a different theme related to Latin America, Latinos/as, and the Iberian peninsula.

Journalist's Resource
(Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center)
Summarizes timely scholarly reports of interest to journalists and journalism teachers, including health-related research; teaching note accompanies each entry.

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Global Health News Sources: Around the World

World Health (NPR)
Features global health news stories that can serve as a starting point for discussions on current events.

World Events Calendar (Council on Foreign Relations)
Selection of significant events taking place around the world.

Science and Development News and Analysis (SciDevNet)
Aggregates news related to science, technology and global development.

Global Development News
(The Guardian)
Latest news related to global development.

Science Policy News and Analysis (SPIN)
Weekly digest of news related to biomedical science policy in the UK, Europe, and internationally.

Global Development News
(Center for Global Development)
Email newsletter about current topics in development policy.