Health Systems Global (HSG) is a diverse, global membership organization of researchers, decision-makers and implementers who are dedicated to promoting health policy and systems research (HPSR) and knowledge generation.

HSG is guided by our vision, mission and strategy.

HSG has more than 2,000 members in over 125 countries. Members are encouraged to join and contribute to our membership networks, including Thematic Working Groups (TWGs) and Regional Networks

To bring together members and the full range of players involved in HPSR, HSG organizes a Global Symposium on Health Systems Research every two years.


The First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR2010) was held in Montreux, Switzerland, in November 2010. This symposium highlighted the lack of any organization for, or network, of health systems researchers, decision-makers and implementers. As a result, consensus was reached on the need to create an international society for health systems research, knowledge, innovation and action.

HSG was legally founded on 26 October 2012 with an interim Secretariat in Copenhagen, Denmark, and was launched at the Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR2012), which took place in Beijing, China in November 2012.

From 2015 – 2020, the HSG Secretariat was hosted by the Curatio International Foundation in Georgia. The society was formally registered in Switzerland in November 2015.

In 2021, the HSG Secretariat moved to the Canadian Association for Global Health, based in Ottawa, Canada.