Sunday, 23rd of December 2012 Print

If you are a student or health worker

Note the self-instructional items listed under public health training on this page, especially . Click on the horizontal bar under the photographs for items on specific diseases and areas of interest, such as the Millennium Development Goals. Browse the subject headings or search box for updates within your area of interest. Click on successive page numbers to browse highly accessed items from previous months.

For items from your country, type the name of your country in the search box by the binoculars.

If you are a disease specialist

Go, for example, to the headings under measles, polio, malaria or HIV/AIDS. If yours is another specialty, type in your disease specialty in the search box by the binoculars.  HPV specialists, would type 'papillomavirus' into the search engine

If you are interested in neglected tropical diseases, your best starting point among the journals is the homepage of

if your interest is malaria, your best starting point among the journals is

All readers

Go to for a practical guide to medical searches on the Internet.

Use the search box, by the binoculars, to browse topics of interest, based on words appearing in the subject line of each update.

To do your own search, go to and type your search item in the box. Be specific: if you are looking at the epidemiology of measles, type 'measles epidemiology,' not 'measles.' For Boolean searches by country, type, for example, 'measles AND Zambia.'  A complete tutorial for the use of Pubmed is available online at

The Pubmed page generates, in chronological order, all published citations. To view only review articles, or only open access articles, click where indicated on the left hand side of the page.

For a more detailed discussion of search engines, go to


The sources below, with URL addresses, provide the majority of the updates on this site.
In addition to having websites, most also have an electronic table of contents which is periodically sent to persons requesting it.



URL address

American Journal of Epidemiology

American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

British Medical Journal

Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Cochrane reviews, at

Emerging Infectious Diseases


International Journal of Epidemiology

International Journal of Health Geographics                 

Journal of Infectious Diseases

Journal of Population, Health and Nutrition

Journal of Population, Health and Nutrition

Malaria Journal

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

New England Journal of Medicine

Pan African Medical Journal

National Bureau of Economic Research,

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

PLOS Medicine

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

South African Medical Journal

The Lancet

The Lancet Infectious Diseases

Tropical Medicine & International Health

Weekly Epidemiological Record