This collection of health systems-related literature is constantly evolving, and growing along with the field of health systems and health systems research. We envision it as a valuable resource for students, professors, field researchers, tutors, and anyone else interested in health systems, or a specific sub area within the broad lens of health systems.

In this library, you will find:

  • Literature relevant to each of the WHO building blocks, composed mostly but not exclusively of peer-reviewed literature
  • Seminal health systems literature of the field as a whole and major historical developments and documents from the past 15-20 years
  • Literature on research methodologies common or unique to health systems
  • Resources on finding full text articles and more in-depth literature in a specific topic area
  • Links to websites and other online fora for health systems and health systems research

Some instructions on using the library: 

  • Articles are named with the last name of the first auther, year of publication, and some key words
  • Within each building block and the General and Research Methods menus, you will find sub-categories that each have smaller collections of material to aid in focusing your search
  • What you open up an article of interest, you will see a more detailed citation, a link to the abstract (or full text, if available open access) and the abstract text at the bottom
  • You cannot download articles directly from the Africa Hub site due to copyright restrictions

Finding full text materials: 

  • All open access full text articles can be downloaded by opening the document's page and clicking on the hyperlink in red, which will redirect you to the article as a PDF
  • You can visit the "Search for Full Text" menu in this library and you will find links and info re: HINARI and other full text search options
  • You can visit your librarian on your campus, and they may be able to help you access additional databases and materials

For Assistance with the Library in a Box:

If you have questions or recommendations for additional content to include on this page, or, if you require assistance in some way during the course of using this tool, please contact: Chrispus Mayora, Africa Hub Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or dean@This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will respond to your inquiry as quickly as possible! 

How this Library was developed: 

The contents of this library have been compiled--and are continually added to--through two channels: 

  1. Members of the Africa Hub suggest additional material as it is published or identified and have it added to the website
  2. Searches have been conducted in Scopus, PubMed, Web of Science, and Google Scholar to identify current and relevant materials within each other building blocks and the other catergories

We hope that this resource will be utilized by many people, and that you will help us by providing feedback on how it can continue to be improved. The field of health systems and health systems research continues to evolve, deepen, and we gain experience and expertise. We envision that this site can continue to grow and can be a mechanism to help health systems professionals stay abreast of the field and share the current trends, new findings, and valuable resources among each other.

We are glad to have you with us!