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Global Health, Third Edition
Diseases, Programs, Systems, and Policies

Author(s): Michael H. Merson, MD, Wolfgang Joklik Professor of Global Health, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Robert E. Black, MD, MPH, Professor and Director, Institute for International Programs, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland
Anne J. Mills, PhD, Professor and Deputy Director and Provost, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, England
  • ISBN-13: 9780763785598
  • ISBN-10:0763785598
  • Hardcover    940 pages      © 2012
Price: $181.95 US List
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Recognized as the most prestigious, comprehensive text on Global Health for GRADUATE programs in public and global health.

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Global Health, Third Edition (formerly titled International Public Health) brings together contributions from the world's leading authorities into a single comprehensive text. It thoroughly examines the wide range of global health challenges facing low and middle income countries today and the various approaches nations adopt to deal with them. These challenges include measurement of health status, infectious and chronic diseases, injuries, nutrition, reproductive health, global environmental health and complex emergencies.

This thorough revision also explores emerging health systems, their financing, and management, and the roles of nation states, international agencies, the private sector and nongovernmental organizations in promoting health. Your students will come away with a clear understanding of how globalization is impacting on global health, and of the relationship between health and economic development.,

NEW to this EDITION:

  • Fully updated data throughout
  • Latest information on new global health initiatives
  • NEW chapter: "Social Determinants of Health"
  • NEW chapter: "Pharmaceuticals"
  • NEW chapter: "Evaluation of Large Scale Health Programs"

"The uniqueness of this textbook is the sensitivity to the situation in lower income countries. It does not at any point make of the West a yard stick against which other peoples get measured. In this respect, it is a step forward towards positive globalism..."
—Manuscript reviewer from the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health

3 New Chapters cover the following topic areas:

  • Chap 3 – The Social Determinants of Health - considers the term in a historical perspective, presents contemporary examples of patterns of health inequity arising as a consequence of social determinants, illustrates policy implications of the existence of health gradients, and reviews models and theories that explain how some determinants affect health outcomes.  The deliberations of the recent Commission on the Social Determinants of Health serve as a key basis for the chapter.
  • Chap 14 – Pharmaceuticals - focuses on access, availability (both upstream issues and country level distribution and management systems) and affordability of pharmaceuticals and their safe and effective use.  It also discusses the pharmaceutical system architecture and provides reflections on coordination and priority setting in a complex global environment.
  • Chap 16 – Evaluations of Large Scale Health Programs - covers the area of evaluation science, the rationale for and the design of summative impact evaluations of programs being scaled up and delivered to large populations and aimed at delivering several biological and behavioral interventions together.  In describing the planning, design, and execution of program evaluations and data analyses, the authors use three evaluations as examples: an integrated management of childhood illness program, an accelerated child survival development initiative, and a voucher scheme for insecticide-treated bed nets.

Instructor Resources: Sample Syllabus, Test Bank, and PowerPoints
Instructor resources developed by Sarita Bhalotra, MD, PhD, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University

Applicable Courses

Ideal for graduate level courses in global or international public health.

Chapter  1  Measures of Health and Disease in Populations - Adnan A. Hyder, Prasanthi Puvanachandra, and Richard H. Morrow
Chapter  2  Culture, Behavior, and Health - Susan C. Scrimshaw
Chapter  3  The Social Determinants of Health - Michael P. Kelly and Emma Doohan
Chapter  4  Reproductive Health - M. Omar Rahman and Jane Menken
Chapter  5  Infectious Diseases - Arthur L. Reingold and Aubree Gordon
Chapter  6  Nutrition - Keith P. West
Chapter  7  Chronic Diseases and Risks - Derek Yach,George A. Mensah, Corrina Hawkes, JoAnne E. Epping-Jordan, and Krisela Steyn
Chapter  8  Unintentional Injuries and Violence - Robyn Norton, Adnan A. Hyder, and Alexander Butchart
Chapter  9  Global Mental Health - Vikram Patel, Alan J. Flisher, and Alex Cohen
Chapter  10   Environmental Health - Tord Kjellstrom, Anthony McMichael, Kirk R. Smith, and Sudhvir Singh
Chapter  11  Complex Emergencies - Michael J. Toole, Ronald J. Walman, and Anthony Zwi
Chapter  12  The Design of Health Systems - Anne J. Mills and M. Kent Ranson
Chapter  13  Management and Planning for Public Health - Andrew Green, Charles Collins, and Tolib Mirzoev
Chapter  14  Pharmaceuticals - Kara Hanson, Benjamin Palafox, Stuart Anderson, Javier Guzman, Mary Moran, Rima Shretta, and Tana Wuliji
Chapter  15  Health and the Economy - Jennifer Prah Ruger, Dean T. Jamison, David E. Bloom, and David Canning
Chapter  16  Evaluation Science - Cesar Victora, Damian Walker, Benjamin Johns, and Jennifer Bryce
Chapter  17  Global Cooperation in International Public Health - Gill Walt, Kent Buse and Andrew Harmer
Chapter  18  Globalization and Health - Kelley Lee, Derek Yach, and Adam Kamradt-Scott

Michael H. Merson, MD-Wolfgang Joklik Professor of Global Health, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

Michael H. Merson, MD is the Wolfgang Joklik Professor of Global Health at Duke University. He joined the Duke faculty in November 2006 as the founding director of the Duke Global Health Institute and served in that role through 2017. In addition, he was Vice President and Vice Provost for Global Affairs from 2011-2018, and Vice Chancellor for Duke-National University of Singapore Affairs from 2010-2016.

He has held leadership positions at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the International Center for Diarrheal Diseases Research, Bangladesh, served as Director of the World Health Organization’s Diarrheal and Acute Respiratory Control Programs and Global Program on AIDS, and was the first Dean of Public Health at Yale University. Dr. Merson’s research and writings have been primarily on the etiology of diarrheal diseases in low- and middle-income countries, HIV prevention and policy and academic global health. He has served as an advisor to a number of international organizations and advisory bodies; is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine; and has received two honorary degrees and the U.S. Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medal.

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Robert E. Black, MD, MPH-Professor and Director, Institute for International Programs, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland

Robert E. Black, MD, MPH is the Edgar Berman Professor and Chair of the Department of International Health and Director of the Institute for International Programs of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. As a member of the U.S. Institute of Medicine and advisory bodies of the World Health Organization, the International Vaccine Institute, and other international organizations, he assists with the development of programs and policies intended to improve child health and nutrition. Dr. Black currently chairs the WHO/ UNICEF Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group and the Child Health and Nutrition Research Initiative. He has more than 500 scientific journal publications derived from his international research. Dr. Black received the Programme for Global Paediatric Research Award for Outstanding Contributions to Global Child Health in 2010, the Prince Mahidol Award in Public Health in 2010, and the Canada Gairdner Global Health Award in 2011.

Anne J. Mills, PhD-Professor and Deputy Director and Provost, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, England

Anne J. Mills, PhD is Deputy Director and Provost of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Professor of Health Economics and Policy. She has degrees from Oxford University (MA), Leeds University (Diploma), and London University (PhD). After 2 years as Overseas Development Institute Fellow and Economist in the Ministry of Health in Malawi, she spent 3 years at the University of Leeds studying health planning in the NHS, and moved to the LSHTM in 1979.

She has researched and published widely in the fields of health economics and health systems in low and middle income countries and continues to be involved in research on financial protection in South Africa, Tanzania, India and Thailand. She has had continuing involvement in supporting capacity development in health economics in universities, research institutes and governments. She has been involved in numerous policy initiatives including WHO's Commission on Macroeconomics and Health. She is a Foreign Associate of the US Institute of Medicine, a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences, and in 2009 she received the Prince Mahidol Award in the field of medicine. In 2013, she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and in 2015, she was made a Dame in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours, for services to international health.

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ISBN-13: 9780763785598

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