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Global Health

A subject guide for global health, development, and creative health.

Books and e-books

You can search for books on subjects related to global health and development using UCL's library catalogue, Explore. Books may be available in print or online format. You will need your UCL username and password to access online books offsite.

Print books can be found in the Global Health and Development Collection, which is located in the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health Library. Books in the Collection are available for standard (eight week) loan. You can use Explore to find the location of all print material available within UCL's libraries, including the library site, collection and shelfmark.

See our Explore Guide for more information about using Explore to find books and other publications.

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Classification scheme

The Global Health and Development Collection has its own classification scheme, which is used to arrange the books on the shelves by subject. An example of a shelfmark for the book Global health: diseases, programs, systems and policies as it will appear on Explore is:

  • Library: Child Health - GLOBAL HEALTH.
  • Shelfmark: CHILD HEALTH BA1 MER.

The spine of the book will be labelled BA1 MER and this is the information you will need to note down in order to locate the book on the shelves.

An outline of the classification scheme used is below:


  • AA Politics, Economics and Development
  • AB Culture and Society
  • AE Community Development
  • AF Gender and Development
  • AH Population
  • AJ Children and Youth
  • AK Organisations and Management
  • AM Research Methodology


  • BA Health Management and Planning
  • BB Primary Health Care
  • BD Community Health Care
  • BE Traditional Health Care
  • BG Diseases and Disease Control
  • BH Nutrition
  • BJ Women's Health
  • BM Mother and Child Health
  • BN Reproductive and Sexual Health
  • BQ Disability and Development
  • BR Health Services
  • BS Health Personnel
  • BU Health Promotion
  • BV Medical Services and Health Facilities
  • BX Urban Health
  • BY Oral Health and Dental Health