Stanford University
Center for Innovation in
Global Health  

Global Health Journal Club

The global health journal club started in 2012 and occurs quarterly. Residents interested in global health are encouraged to attend. Global health track residents are required to attend, participate and lead one journal club per academic year.


No open Journal Clubs currently scheduled.


April 30, 2013: Steve Goodman, Professor in Health Research and Policy and Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Medical Disciplines and Rajaie Batniji, Internal Medicine Global Health Track Resident

6:30 - 8:30 pm, Michele Barry's House (RSVP required -- please contact Laura Walch to RSVP)

Topic: Iraqi Mortality Data

January 24, 2012: Sanjay Basu, Assistant Professor in Stanford Prevention Research Center and Lance Downing, Internal Medicine Resident
6 - 8pm, Michele Barry's House (RSVP required -- please contact Laura Walch to RSVP)

Required Readings:

Learning Points:

  1. Understand how studies determine what risk factors for disease are most important.
  2. Understand the contraints faced by case-control studies conducted in resource-limited settings.
  3. Learn how to interpret the results of a multi-country study where factors contributing to disease risk may differ between studied populations.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What is the point of determining the strength of association between various risk factors and myocardial infarction in different countries?
  2. What is the "PAR" of a risk factor and what value does PAR have for understanding the importance of a risk factor for disease?
  3. A major debate in public health is whether to individually tailor interventions to specific populations or create 'universal interventions'. What implications does the study have for the delivery of health interventions globally?

April 5, 2012: Led by John Ionnadis, Chief of Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC) and Alex Sandhu, Internal Medicine Global Health Track Resident
Michele Barry's House

Topic: Use of corticosteroids for bacterial meningitis and the conflicting data from the US v. developing countries.

Required Readings:

Learning Points:

  1. To understand the reasons why perceived effects of interventions may differ in developaing countries versus established market economies;
  2. To understand the biases that may arise in clinical research agendas in developing countries and established market economies.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why should therapy work in high-resource settings vs. low-resource settings?
  2. Does dexamethasone improve the outcomes of adults with acute bacterial meningitis?

For any questions about the global health journal club, please contact Gita Dehnad.

Stanford Medicine Resources:

Footer Links: