Global Health 101, Second Edition (formerly titled Essentials of Global Health) is a clear, concise, and user-friendly introduction to the most critical issues in global health. It illustrates key themes with an extensive set of case studies, examples, and the latest evidence. While the book offers a global perspective, particular attention is given to the health-development link, to developing countries, and to the health needs of poor and disadvantaged people. Global Health 101 builds on the success of an introductory global health course taught by the author at the George Washington School of Public Health and Health Services and is ideally suited for the Association of American Colleges and Universities recommended course by the same name.
Richard Skolnik is the winner of numerous honors for teaching, has taught global health for 8 years, and has more than 30 years of experience as a global health practitioner in multilateral, university, and NGO settings. He has been actively involved in dealing with critical issues in global health at country level and at the highest levels of international health policy making. Learn more about the author.
“Richard Skolnik's [Global Health 101] is so comprehensive that it will
be key reading in international health. In accessible language, he explains
why good health is crucial to economic development, what indicators help track
changes in global health, and requirements for good health systems. Approaches
to solving world health problems must be under pinned by good ethics and human
rights guidelines, he says, and local practices and cultures must not be ignored.
Skolnik looks in detail at children's and women's health, and at the different
challenges of tackling communicative and non-communicative disease in developing
countries. He also maps out the key players in global health and looks ahead
to future challenges.”
—The Lancet, October 2007
The book is organized in four parts:
- Principles, Measurements, and the Health-Development Link: The principles of Global Health; Health Determinants, Measurements, and Trends; and Health, Education, Poverty, and the Economy.
- Cross-Cutting Global Health Themes: Human Rights, Ethics, and Global Health; An Introduction to Health Systems; and Culture and Health.
- The Burden of Disease: The Environment and Health; Nutrition and Health; Women’s Health; Child Health; Infectious Diseases; Non-Communicable Diseases; and Unintentional Injuries.
- Working Together to Improve Global Health: Conflicts, Natural Disasters, and Other Emergencies; Cooperating to Improve Global Health; and, Science Technology, and the Public’s Health.”
Updates to the Second Edition:
- The most recent data on the burden of diseases of importance and updated tables and charts with the most recent projections of the future burden of disease
- An expanded section on health disparities and health equity
- A greatly expanded section on Neglected Tropical Diseases
- Expanded sections on the financing of global health and innovative financing mechanisms
- A new section on drug resistance and emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases
- Additional information on innovative mechanisms for program implementation in areas related to key chapter topics, such as performance-based financing.
- An expanded section on public-private partnerships and product development partnerships for health
- About 30 briefs on policies and programs illustrating the main chapter themes
- A NEW chapter, “Working in Global Health”, which details the many career opportunities in the field.
- A NEW chapter "Profiles of Global Health Actors" that offers informative and inspiring profiles of 18 global health actors, from women who lead grassroots organizations for HIV positive women in Africa to senior staff of major international organizations.
- A completely revised chapter on ethics in global health, highlighting key ethical concepts to be considered in global health efforts
- An expanded chapter on non-communicable diseases including new and expanded sections on demography and health and vital registration
- A NEW section on on health and equity
- Substantially expanded information on the key irganizational actors in global health.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Principles, Measurements, and the Health-Development Link
Chapter 1 The Principles and Goals of Global Health
Chapter 2 Health Determinants, Measurements, and Trends
Chapter 3 Health, Education, Poverty, and the Economy
Part II Cross-Cutting Global Health Themes
Chapter 4 Ethical and Human Rights Concerns in Global Health
Chapter 5 An Introduction to Health Systems
Chapter 6 Culture and Health
Part III The Burden of Disease
Chapter 7 The Environment and Health
Chapter 8 Nutrition and Global Health
Chapter 9 Women’s Health
Chapter 10 Child Health
Chapter 11 Communicable Diseases
Chapter 12 Non-Communicable Diseases
Chapter 13 Unintentional Injuries
Part IV Working Together to Improve Global Health
Chapter 14 Natural Disasters and Complex Humanitarian Emergencies
Chapter 15 Working Together to Improve Global Health
Chapter 16 Science, Technology, and Global Health
Chapter 17 Working in Global Health
Chapter 18 Profiles of Global Health Actors
About the Author(s)
Richard Skolnik, MPA-The George Washington University, Washington D.C.
Richard Skolnik is a half-time Lecturer in Global Health at The George Washington University (GWU) where he teaches two undergraduate courses each term in global health and development and supervises graduate student Master of Public Health (MPH) projects. Richard also works as an independent consultant on program design and evaluation activities in a number of areas of global health, including HIV, TB, and nutrition.
Until November 2008, Richard was the Vice President for International Programs
at the Population Reference Bureau. Earlier, he served as the Executive Director
of the Harvard School of Public Health PEPFAR program for AIDS treatment in
Botswana, Nigeria, and Tanzania. From 2001 to 2004, Richard was The Director
of the Center for Global Health at The George Washington University, where he
also taught undergraduate and graduate courses in global health.
Richard worked at the World Bank from 1976 to 2001, last serving as the Director for Health and Education for South Asia. His work at the World Bank focused on health systems development, family planning and reproductive health, child health, the control of communicable diseases, and nutrition in low-income countries. He was extensively engaged with TB, leprosy, and cataract blindness control projects in India that have been cited as important public health successes. Richard coordinated the World Bank’s work on TB for five years, was deeply involved in the establishment of STOP TB, served on a number of WHO working groups on TB, and served three rounds on the Technical Review Panel of the Global Fund.
Richard has led two evaluations of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and also led evaluations of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Leprosy and the World Bank’s work on HIV and TB in Russia. Richard has also served on advisory groups and faculty for the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, the development of a women’s health program at Harvard University, and the Global Health Leadership Institute at Yale University. He is on the Advisory Board for the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University and a member of an expert panel that is now reviewing the Framework Program of the Fogarty Center of the United States National Institutes of Health.
Richard received a BA from Yale University and an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University. He has received a number of awards and honors for his teaching, including being named the Undergraduate Public Health Teacher of the Year at The George Washington University, serving as an honorary coach of The GWU women’s soccer team, and being asked to deliver a lecture in the GWU “Last Lecture series. (http://gwired.gwu.edu/sac/LeadershipDevelopment/LastLecture/20092010LastLecture/)