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Centre for Global Health Histories


Men bearing a wounded man on a stretcher, out of an ambulance (detail). © Wellcome Library, London.


Collage from World Health magazine, May 1980 (detail). © WHO


Itinerant medicine vendor with snake. Etching: G. M. Mitelli (detail). © Wellcome Library, London.


The Plague of Egypt, c16th engraving from a German bible (detail). © Wellcome Library, London.


Louis Pasteur [1822-1895]. From the picture by Edelfelt (detail). © Wellcome Library, London.


Pean's Invention of Haemostatic Forceps. Jules Emile Pean (detail). © Wellcome Library, London.


"Cupping" applied to a patient (using animal horns) (detail). © Wellcome Library, London.

Part of the Department of History and a constituent member of Humanities Research Centre at the University of York, the Centre for Global Health Histories (CGHH) is also the WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Health Histories. CGHH promotes inter-disciplinary work on themes of broad medical, scientific, environmental and public health importance. The Centre is based within the Berrick Saul building and draws strength from its association with other departments within the University of York and works with partners based all over the world. It is actively involved in creating international coalitions of academics, officials involved in policy design and implementation, multilateral and non-government organisations, and those involved in regulating and assessing projects and policies. CGHH, which is generously funded by the Wellcome Trust, is committed to forging links between academic and non-academic partners.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has produced a video highlighting their collaborative work in partnership with CGHH and the Wellcome Trust. To access this video, please click on the link below.

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Since the 2010-2011 academic year, the Centre for Global Health Histories has been delighted and honoured to work with the WHO headquarters and regional offices to build an international network of health historians with expertise in a wide variety of areas. The network now boasts many of the best known names in health history. Many historians in the network have come to the WHO headquarters in Geneva to give lectures on aspects of their work.


Research Projects Focus:

The Local Bases of Global Health (read more)

Smallpox Eradication (read more)


The New Perspectives in South Asian History series  (Orient BlackSwan) produces monographs and other writings related to the work of the CGHH:


Outreach Materials

CGHH produces a wide range of public and policy engagement materials and publications, including: