Global Health in the 21st Century: The Globalization of Disease and Wellness

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Perhaps no other public policy issue has greater potential to affect some of the most significant economic, political, social, and ethical changes of the 21st century than global health. In this book, a scholar/physician team authors a comprehensive introduction to global health issues and emphasizes the potential of public health intervention to improve the longevity and quality of human life across the globe. The authors have lived and worked in Africa as well as in medically underserved areas of the United States, so they write with firsthand experience and authority. Using themes of interconnectedness, globalization, and united concern from citizens, this book encourages readers to consider the role that they might play as engaged citizens in taking on the global public health challenges of the 21st century including everything from AIDs and flu to tobacco, obesity, and threats in conflict zones.

In all, Global Health in the 21st Century offers an up-to-date picture of global health worldwide covering specific topics like race, ethnicity, and gender as well as providing a more general overview of the medical and political dimensions of this most important issue area.

This is the first comprehensive, interdisciplinary global health text appropriate for both undergraduate and graduate level courses. It offers a variety of pedagogical attractions to facilitate teaching and learning.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594517334
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Series: International Studies Intensives
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Debra L. DeLaet is Professor of Politics and International Relations at Drake University.

David E. DeLaet is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables, Figures, and Boxes

Part I Foundations of Global Health

1 Introduction to Global Health
What Is Global Health?
Why Should We Care About Global Health?
Major Global Health Challenges in the 21st Century
Under the Microscope: Millions of Lives at Stake in Global Health
Global Governance and Health
Discussion Questions
Web Resources

2 Key Concepts in Global Health
Determinants of Health
Under the Microscope: Determinants of Cardiovascular Disease
Population Health Assessment
Demographic and Epidemiological Transitions
Discussion Questions
Web Resources

3 The Ecological Foundations of Global Health
Environmental Health
Ecological Balance and Global Health
Drinking Water, the Environment, and Global Health
Under the Microscope: Corn-fed Agriculture and the Diseases of Globalization
Under the Microscope: The Negative Health Consequences of Bottled Water
Climate Change and Global Health
Discussion Questions
Web Resources

Part II Medical Aspects of Global Health

4 Global Health and Communicable Diseases
Introduction to Microbiology
Under the Microscope: Public Resistance to Vaccination Campaigns
Global Burden of Communicable Diseases
Antimicrobial Resistance
Discussion Questions
Web Resources

5 Global Health and Noncommunicable Illnesses
Global Burden of Noncommunicable Diseases
Cardiovascular Disease
Obesity and Overweight
Under the Microscope: Obesity and Excise Taxes on Sugar-sweetened Beverages
Tobacco Abuse
Discussion Questions
Web Resources

Part III The International Relations of Global Health

6 Economic, Ethnic, and Gender Inequities in Global Health
Economic Development and Territorially Based Inequities in Global Health
Under the Microscope: The Inequitable Effects of Natural Disasters
Poverty and Economic Inequities Across and Within States
Under the Microscope: Reflections on Global Health Aid to Developing Countries
Racial and Ethnic Inequities in Global Health
Under the Microscope: Reflections on Patient-Physician Language Discordance
Gender Inequities in Global Health
Discussion Questions
Web Resources

7 Global Health and Security
Global Health Challenges as Potential National Security Threats
Biological Warfare and Bioterrorism
The Health Costs of Intrastate and Interstate War
Under the Microscope: Disease and Death in the Shadow of War
Human Security and Health
The Securitization Debate in Global Health
Discussion Questions
Web Resources

8 Global Health and Human Rights
The Right to Health Under International Human Rights Law
Gendering the Human Right to Health: The 1979 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
Health Rights Under International Humanitarian Law
Professional Codes of Ethics and the Human Right to Health
Conceptual and Cultural Challenges to the Human Right to Health
Under the Microscope: Intellectual Property Rights and Access to Medicine
Under the Microscope: Intercultural Communication in Global Health
Discussion Questions
Web Resources

Part IV Promoting Global Health

9 Promoting Global Health from the Top Down: International Organizations
Range, Functions, and Powers of International Organizations in the Promotion of Global Health
World Health Organization
Under the Microscope: The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
A Success Story: The Global Eradication of Smallpox
Millennium Development Goals
Global Health Promotion from the Top Down: Possibilities and Challenges
Under the Microscope: Women’s Health Initiatives in the UN System
Discussion Questions
Web Resources

10 Promoting Global Health from the Top Down: States
States and the Promotion of Global Health
Health Care Systems
Comparing National Approaches to Health and Health Care
Under the Microscope: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the
United States
Comparing Expenditures and Outcomes Across National Health Care Systems
Discussion Questions
Web Resources

11 Promoting Global Health from the Bottom Up: Non- state Actors
Categories of Non- state Actors
Circumventing the State: Health Governance Without Government
Under the Microscope: Providing Clean Water to the Poor in Developing Countries
Non-governmental Organizations and Global Health Advocacy
Discussion Questions
Web Resources


About the Authors

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