Global Health: Noncommunicable Diseases

This guide will help you find information on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in countries around the globe.


PubMed (1996]-)
Note: The premier database for biomedical research and your best bet for finding research on public health interventions addressing NCDs.

Global Index Medicus (GIM)

A database of citations to biomedical & public health literature produced by and within low & middle income countries.

The Institutional Repository for Information Sharing (IRIS)

Full text access to WHO’s published material and technical information.

Note: A useful citation database that allows you to find out how many times an article has been cited and by whom.

Note: Useful for finding interdisciplinary literature or grey (unpublished) literature.

PsycINFO (199?)
Note: The premier database for literature on behavioral and mental health.

Found a great article citation but don’t have access to the full text through BU? Request online it through Interlibrary Loan, a free service for faculty, staff and students on the Charles River Campus.

NCD Statistical & Background Information



CVD & Stroke

Mental Health

Substance Abuse


  • Obesity & Overweight (CDC)
    • Statistics for the United States, plus program examples and evidence based recommendations for public health programs.


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BU students, faculty, and staff who need help with any aspect of their health sciences literature search can contact the BU Health Sciences Librarian, Kate Silfen, at or (617) 358-3965.  She is happy to provide assistance via e-mail, phone, or in person by appointment.  If you have general library questions or need research assistance in a field other than health sciences, contact BU librarians through Ask a Librarian.