Globalize the Curriculum

Goal 4 of the School of Public Health’s (SPH) Strategic Plan is to ‘Globalize the School’. Sub-goal 4.2 is to ‘Globalize the curriculum, ensuring that the majority of courses at the School contain material relevant to global health concerns and provide a global context for national and local issues.’ A Globalize the curriculum report detailing progress to date is available for your review.  A Times Higher Education piece ranking the international outlook of universities around the globe ranked the University of Washington #24 in 2013, which is a respectable position, but leaves room for improvement!

As we work with individual instructors to support globalization of their courses, we will post resources on this site, allowing anyone with interest to use these materials–which are all explicitly focused on globalizing the curriculum.  Specifically, these resources offer global case studies, international data sets, articles that make global-local connections, and other examples from abroad.  Materials are separated below by the discipline to which we provided, though the majority are multidisciplinary. 

We encourage you to use any of these articles in your courses; if you do, however, please send an alert to  We will ensure that there is not overlap in course content.

Data resources useful in all disciplines:

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation provides several valuable resources for those seeking data: the Global Health Data Exchange, a catalog of demographic and health data; the Global Burden of Disease tool, a visualization resource that analyzes many sources of data on individual countries, always testing for bias; and IHME Data and accompanying citations, a catalog of the organization’s own, freely available data sets.  All three sites are accessible, easy to use, and comprehensive.  Also, for those wanting to do a little more work, IHME maintains a Data Sites We Love site that is a veritable cache of data sites from around the world.

The Measure Demographic and Health Surveys resource is an excellent resource for country-specific data sets available in multiple formats (STATA, SAS, SPSS).  Though you must register to access data and explain your request, the process is simple and efficient.  It generally takes less than 12 hours to access data on any country, provided the request is justifiable.  Register to request any available data set.  Data can be obtained and used for teaching purposes; just indicate this in your ‘title of proposed study’.

UNICEF’s ‘The State of the World’s Children’ annual report offers myriad statistical tables on data relating to children.  From breastfeeding to nutrition to specific diseases, the report offers many statistical tables that can be used in academic analysis.

Case studies:

Click the links below to obtain discipline-specific citations that might be added to your syllabi to add global content and perspective to your courses.  If your discipline is not listed, we have not received specific content requests or (as in the case of Biostats) your resources are best found in the ‘Data Resources’ category.


Health Services

Nutrition (breastfeeding, diabetes, obesity)

Health Disparities

Conversations about global health cannot be complete without a discussion of health disparities.  Some useful conversations to prime this discussion are provided here.

Ethics & global health

Why do we apply different standards globally?  Is this justified?  What are the relevant questions when to pose when evaluating international research and your interest in participating in it?  Consider reading these articles to answer these questions.


These videos provide global content in a format other than an academic article, a book, or a traditional lecture.

Encourage students to study, volunteer, and work abroad!

The Global Health Resource Center at the Department of Global Health offers many resources for students wishing to spend time abroad, especially in relation to academic studies.  Another excellent resource on campus is the International Programs and Exchanges (IPE) Office.  Though primarily focused on undergraduates, IPE offers myriad opportunities globally.

Additional resources

The Global Burden of a Poor Diet