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

Author(s): Michael H. Merson, MD, Director, Global Health Institute, Duke University
Robert E. Black, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Anne J. Mills, MA, DHSA, PhD, University of London - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, England
  • ISBN-13: 9781284122626
  • Hardcover    1100 pages      © 2020
  • Will Publish: 9/3/2018
Price: $96.95 US List
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Global Health: Diseases, Programs, Systems, and Policies, Fourth Edition 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.

The book 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.

The Fourth Edition offers three new chapters that cover human rights and ethics, innovation and technology (including topics such as scaling up small innovations; entrepreneurship; licensing; private and public partnerships; product development; drug trials; vaccines; and the role of industry in lower and middle income countries), and public health infrastructure.

The Fourth Edition also offers thorough updates on chapters on the Social Determinants of Health; Health and the Economy; Cooperation in Global Health; and Globalization and Health.

Chapter  1  Measures of Health and Disease in Populations
Chapter  2  Culture, Behavior, and Health
Chapter  3  Global Health, Human Rights and Ethics
Chapter  4  Understanding and acting on Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity
Chapter  5  Reproductive Health
Chapter  6  Infectious Diseases
Chapter  7  Nutrition
Chapter  8  Chronic Diseases and Risks
Chapter  9  Unintentional Injuries and Violence
Chapter  10  Global Mental Health
Chapter  11  Environmental and Occupational Health
Chapter  12  Complex Emergencies
Chapter  13  The Design of Health Systems
Chapter  14  Public Health Infrastructure
Chapter  15  Management and Planning for Public Health
Chapter  16  Pharmaceuticals
Chapter  17  Innovation, Technology and Design
Chapter  18  Evaluations of Large-Scale Health Programs
Chapter  19  Health and 'The Economy'
Chapter  20  International Trade and Health
Chapter  21  Global Health Governance and Diplomacy

Michael H. Merson, MD-Director, Global Health Institute, Duke University

Michael H. Merson, MD is the Wolfgang Joklik Professor of Global Health at Duke University and the founding Director of the Duke Global Health Institute and Vice Chancellor for Duke-National University of Singapore Affairs. He has held leadership positions at the Centers for Disease Control 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. His research and writings have been primarily on the etiology of diarrheal diseases in low and middle income countries and HIV prevention and policy.  He has served as an advisor to UNAIDS, World Bank and a number of other international organizations and advisory bodies,  is an elected member of the U.S. Institute 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-Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


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. He 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 from his international research. Dr. Black is the recipient of 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, MA, DHSA, PhD-University of London - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, England


Anne Mills, MA, DHSA, PHD is Professor of Health Economics and Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Head of its Faculty of Public Health and Policy. She has nearly 40 years’ experience of the health systems of low and middle income countries, and has researched and published widely in the fields of health economics and health systems. She has also had extensive involvement in supporting capacity development in health economics in universities and research institutes. She has advised multilateral, bilateral and government agencies on numerous occasions, was a member of WHO’s Commission on Macroeconomics and Health, and co-chaired Working Group 1 of the 2009 High Level Taskforce on Innovative International Financing for Health Systems. She has been awarded a CBE, is an elected member of the U.S. Institute of Medicine and Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences, and received the Prince Mahidol Award in Medicine in 2009.