King's Centre for Global Health

King’s Centre for Global Health co-ordinates global health activity across all schools within King’s College London and its partner NHS organisations (as part of King’s Health Partners).

Global health We have two key functions:

  • to develop our own global health education, research and capacity building programmes
  • to promote collaboration in global health across the wider King’s community - all 9 Schools within King’s College London and all 21 Clinical Academic Groups within King’s Health Partners.

Global health is a complex and exciting area that involves people from all areas of the world participating in work, study and other activity to improve our health and wellbeing:

“Global Health is an area for study, research and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. Global Health emphasizes transnational health issues, determinants and solutions; involves many disciplines within and beyond the global health sciences and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration; and is a synthesis of population-based prevention with individual-level care” Koplan et al, The Lancet (2010)

Our approach 
Our approach to global health prioritises:

Inclusivity and collaboration
The centre works to improve collaborative projects and teaching in global health between professionals, students, academics and institutions. There is an exciting range of activity taking place across Kings, linking out to other actors in the UK and abroad.

Student engagement 
Much of our global health work has been strengthened through sustained and effective student engagement, building long-term relationships with student organizations and leaders at King’s and beyond.

Mutuality with partners around the world
Health systems capacity building through long-term health partnerships has been an essential part of our global health work. Our partnerships promote mutual learning and understanding between partner institutions in the global north and south. In addition, we endorse the mutuality between the social, political and health sciences as well as between KCL academics and clinicians working across our partner NHS Trusts.

Global citizenship
Our approach to global health also celebrates global citizenship by acknowledging and supporting ways that individuals and groups can get involved in tackling the profound inequities in health and wellbeing within and between high and low income countries. We strive to work with diverse actors at international, national, and local levels, and promote intercultural dialogue and collaboration.

For more information about the King’s Centre for Global Health, including our research, health partnership work, education opportunities and student initiatives, please visit our main website.

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