Global Health

APHA is committed to improving global health and was one of the first U.S. non-governmental organizations to become involved in this field. We work with our 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.

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.

Human Rights Forum

The Human Rights Forum focuses on health and human rights both in the United States and internationally. The Forum's mission is to provide an impartial platform where scholars and professionals in the field can come together to examine, discuss and take action on human rights issues that have an impact on public health.




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

Vina HuLamm, MS
Global Health Manager