Gurpreet Kaur Rana

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734 764 0259

1135 E. Catherine St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5726
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Global Health Coordinator, Taubman Health Sciences Library


I lead the Taubman Health Sciences Library's  global health initiative, establishing partnerships, promoting and fostering international relationships, and creating opportunities in research, teaching and learning in the health sciences. In my role as Global Health Coordinator, I develop and implement a range of efforts including programs, instruction, and services to contribute to the University's efforts in global health.  Creating and leveraging global information resources, THL Global Health creates partnerships within the health sciences community, explores the role of global health informatics in instruction, incorporates the informationist role into global health, identifies and investigates grant and funding opportunities, takes part in global health research, and collaborates with faculty to lessen health disparities around the world using the power of information.


M.L.I.S, University of Western Ontario
B.Sc. (Honors Biology), University of Western Ontario


  • 2013  Academic Medical Librarian of the Year, Medical Library Association

  • 2007 University Library Recognition Award

Professional Affiliations

  • Medical Library Association

  • Past Chair, International Cooperation Section, Medical Library Association

  • Chair, Librarians Without Borders Committee, Medical Library Association

  • Midwest Chapter/Medical Library Association

  • Consortium of Universities for Global Health


Areas of Expertise

  • Global health information resources and research

  • Medical education and information-seeking behavior

  • Expert searching of scholarly literature

  • Systematic review searching

  • Identifying and evaluating relevant sources of information

  • Evidence-based medicine information skills

  • Open access in health for developing countries

Recent Publications

Piette JD, List J, Rana GK, Townsend W, Striplin D, Heisler M. Mobile Health Devices as Tools for Worldwide Cardiovascular Risk Reduction and Disease Management. Circulation. 2015 Nov 24;132(21):2012-27.

Anderson F, Donkor P, de Vries R, Appiah-Denkyira E, Dakpallah GF, Rominski S, Hassinger J, Lou A, Kwansah J, Moyer C, Rana GK, Lawson A, Ayettey S. Creating a charter for collaboration for international university partnerships: the Elmina Declaration for Human Resources for Health.  Academic Medicine. 2014; 89(8): 1125-1132. 

Rana, Gurpreet K. Information empowerment: predeparture resource training for students in global health. JMLA: Journal of the Medical Library Association. 2014; 102(2): 101-104.


Jimbo M, Rana GK, Hawley S, Holmes-Rovner M, Kelly-Blake K, Nease DE, Ruffin MT.  What is lacking in current decision aids on cancer screening?  2013; CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians 
MacEachern M, Townsend W, Young K, Rana G.  Librarian Integration in a Four-Year Medical School Curriculum: A Timeline.  Medical Reference Services Quarterly 2012; 31(1): 105-114.  
Rana GK, Bradley DR, Hamstra SJ, Ross PT, Schumacher RE, Frohna JG, Haftel HM, Lypson ML.  A Validated Search Assessment Tool: Assessing Practice-Based Learning and Improvement in a Residency Program. JMLA: Journal of the Medical Library Association. 2011; 99(1), 77-81.


  • Punjabi, Hindi

  • Urdu comprehension

  • Basic French comprehension