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Foundations of Global Health An Interdisciplinary Reader

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2018-03-02
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Foundations of Global Health: An Interdisciplinary Reader is a collection of highly readable articles with a significant amount of original text by the editors. Supplementary instructive materials include "conceptual tools" summaries, background information on authors and context, provocative section and article introductions, discussion questions, and suggestions for further reading and internet exploration. Like the field of global health itself, the readings focus on the public health challenges faced by low- and middle-income countries as well as the persistent problems of health disparities in high-income countries.

Author Biography

Peter J. Brown is Professor of Anthropology at Emory University.

Svea Closser is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Middlebury College.

Table of Contents

Each section includes Conceptual Tools and Web Resources and Cases.



1. What is Global Health?, Peter Brown and Svea Closser
Box: What's Your Major?
Box: Four Portraits in Global Health, Ann Lindstrand, Staffan Bergstrom, Hans Rosling, Biritta Rubenson, Bo Stenson, and Thorkild Tylleskar

Section 1.1: Milestones in Global Health
2. The Broad Street Pump, Stephen Johnson
3. The Influenza Epidemic of 1918, John Barry
4. House on Fire: The Fight to Eradicate Smallpox, William Foege
5. A Pinch, a Fist, a Cup of Water: ORT in Bangladesh, Richard Hilts
6. "Science Will Always Win in the End": The Epidemiologist Who Proved that Smoking Causes Cancer, Anna Wagstaff and Richard Doll
7. Declaration of Alma Ata, World Health Organization
8. AIDS in 2006 - Moving toward One World, One Hope?, Jim Kim and Paul Farmer

Section 1.2: Epidemiology and the Basic methods of Global Health
9. Inside the Outbreaks, Mark Pendergrast
10. Epidemiology and Surveillance, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Section 1.3 Metrics and the Burden of Disease
11. Using Evidence About "Best Buys" to Advance Global Health, Ramanan Laxminarayan and Lori Ashford
12. The Long Defeat, Tracy Kidder
13. Counting is Complicated, Adeola Oni-Orisan


Section 2.1: Water
14. Hygiene, Sanitation, and Water: Forgotten Foundations of Health, Jamie Bartram and Sandy Cairncross
15 Water, Worry, and Mental Health, Amber Wutich
16. What Went Wrong in Flint, The Natural Hazards Center

Section 2.2: Air
17. Indoor Air Pollution in Developing Countries, Nigel Bruce, Rogelio Perez-Padilla, and Rachel Albalak
18. Tobacco Industry Interference: A Global Brief, World Health Organization
19. Climate Change and Global Health, George Luber

Section 2.3: Food
20. Clinical Medicine or Public Health? The History of Mortality Decline, Thomas McKeown
21. The nature of child malnutrition and its long-term implications, Rey Martorell
22. Statement to the Security Council on Missions to Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, and Kenya, Steven O'Brien
23. Hunger in the AIDS Economy of Central Mozambique, Ippolytos Kalofonos
24. A Nutrition Paradox--Underweight and Obesity in Developing Countries, Benjamin Caballero


Section 3.1: Health Inequalities and the Social Gradient
25. Social Determinants of Health: the Solid Facts, Richard Wilkinson and Michael Marmot
26. Disease and Dying while Black: How Racism, Not Race, Gets under the Skin, Allan Goodman

Section 3.2 Sex and Reproduction
27. Why is HIV Prevalence So Severe in Southern Africa?, Daniel T. Halperin and Helen Epstein
28. Understanding HIV/AIDS in the African Context, Eileen Stillwaggon and Larry Sawer
29. Female Genital Cutting: Between Marriage and Marketplace, Homa Hoodfar
30. Saving Mothers' Lives in Sri Lanka, Ruth Levine

Section 3.3 Violence
31. The Global Prevalence of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women, K. M. Devries, J. Y. T. Mak, C. García-Moreno, M. Petzold, J. C. Child, G. Falder, S. Lim, L. J. Bacchus, R. E. Engell, L. Rosenfeld, C. Pallitto, T. Vos, N. Abrahams, and C. H. Watts
32. War and Public Health: An Overview, Barry Levy and Victor Sidel
33. Beyond Happy Endings, Peter Redfield
34. Structural Violence and Clinical Medicine, Paul E. Farmer, Bruce Nizeye, Sara Stulac, and Salmaan Keshavjee


Section 4.1: A History of Health Institutions and Programs
35. The Four 19th Century Cultural Roots of International and Global Health: A model for understanding current policy debates, Peter J. Brown
36. Coercion and Consent in Smallpox Eradication, Paul Greenough
37. Looking Back in Time from Ebola, Randall Packard

Section 4.2: Health Systems and Foreign Aid
38. A Heart for the Work, Claire Wendland
39. Turning the World Upside Down, Nigel Crisp
40. Why We Must Provide Better Support for Pakistan's Female Frontline Health Workers, Svea Closser and Rashid Jooma
41. Are NGOs undermining health systems in Mozambique?, James Pfeiffer
42. The Vital Case for Global Health Investments, Sten Vermund and Ann Kurth
43. Treating depression where there are no mental health professionals, Vikram Patel
44. Beyond Shamanism: The Relevance of African Traditional Medicine in Global Health Policy, Obijiofor Aginam

Section 4.3: Health Communication
45. Riding High on Taru Fever: Entertainment-Education Broadcasts, Ground Mobilization, and Service Delivery in Rural India, Arvind Singhal
46. Managing Rumours and Misinformation in West Africa, Amzath Fassassi; and Ebola: Limitations of Correcting Misinformation, Clare Chandler, James Fairhead, Ann Kelly, Melissa Leach, Frederick Martineau, Esther Mokuwa, Melissa Parker, Paul Richards, Annie Wilkinson, for the Ebola Response Anthropology Platform

Section 4.4: Ethics, Projects and Human Rights - The Future of Global Health
47. The Right to Health, World Health Organization and Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights
48. Stop Trying to Save the World: Big ideas are destroying international development, Michael Hobbs
49. Global Health: Your Life, Your Life Decisions, Your Moral Obligations, Peter J. Brown and Svea Closser
Boxes by Pam Berenbaum, Nils Daulaire, Abhay Shukla, Emily Bensen, and Bill Foege; shorter pieces by several other authors

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