Global health is a complex and emerging concept with many differing interpretations. At the King's Centre for Global Health, we use the following definition:
“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 to global health emphasises inclusivity, student engagement, mutuality with partners, global citizenship and the promotion of collaboration across the King’s community.
The primary purpose of KCGH is to promote collaboration in global health across the King’s community which includes all 9 KCL Schools and the 21 Clinical Academic Groups that form the backbone of King’s Health Partners.
We aim to create a vibrant global health community that celebrates inclusivity and yet promotes focus through our global health themes, allowing us to make a significant global health contribution.
Much of our global health work has been stronger as a result of sustained and effective student engagement and this has included the creation of our intercalated BSc in 2008-9.
Health systems capacity building through long-term health partnerships has also been an essential part of our global health work and an important characteristic of our partnerships is that of mutuality 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.
Our approach to global health also celebrates global citizenship by acknowledging the profound inequities between high income and low income countries, as well as the opportunity to get involved in tackling these inequities.