Canadian scholars
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
2017 introtoglobalhealth cvr
Canadian Scholars’ Press
Approx. 550 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
January 2018
Print ISBN: 9781773380032
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An Introduction to Global Health presents a broad yet detailed overview of population health in developing countries. This text carefully examines the factors that influence a community’s health status and determine the effectiveness of modern aid solutions against war, governance, and contamination. Essential for university-level students, this provocative book provides answers to questions concerning the disparity between the rise of healthier, richer populations and the continued existence of impoverished, disease-ridden countries.

With Obidimma Ezezika as the new author, this third edition draws on contemporary references, statistics, and figures, rendering its exploration of international health timely and relevant. It also includes a section on topical health issues in light of the new Sustainable Development Goals, and maintains a critical focus on poor population health status, problems of poverty and malnutrition, world debt relief, and human rights interventions.


  • includes new chapter summaries, updated pictures and graphs, discussion questions, and additional recommended resources
  • includes a final section with strategies for working safely in developing nations

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Table of Contents


Part I: What Is Global Health?

Chapter 1: An Overview of Global Health

Chapter 2: A History of International Aid

Part II: Why Are Poor Populations Less Healthy Than Rich Ones?

Chapter 3: The Basic Requirements for a Healthy Life

Chapter 4: War and Civil Unrest

Chapter 5: Poverty and Developing World Debt

Chapter 6: Malnutrition

Chapter 7: Governance and Human Rights in Developing Countries

Chapter 8: Water, Sanitation, and Infectious Diseases in Developing Countries

Part III: What Are the Types and Extent of Ill Health in Developing Countries?

Chapter 9: How to Define and Measure Health

Chapter 10: The Diseases of Adults and Children in Developing Countries

Part IV: What Can Be Done to Help?

Chapter 11: The Structure of the Foreign Aid Industry

Chapter 12: Primary Health Care Strategies: The Essential Foundation

Chapter 13: Curative Medical Care and Targeted Programs

Chapter 14: Poverty Reduction, Debt Relief, and Economic Growth

Chapter 15: Building Peace, Good Governance, and Social Capital

Part V: Other Aspects of Global Health

Chapter 16: Natural and Humanitarian Disasters and Displaced Populations

Chapter 17: The Health and Rights of Indigenous Populations

Part VI: Working Safely and Effectively in a Developing Country

Chapter 18: Planning and Preparing for Safe and Effective Development Work

Chapter 19: How to Manage a Sustainable Aid Partnership

Michael Seear

Staff Physician in the Department of Respiratory/Intensive Care at the Children's Hospital in Vancouver, Dr. Michael Seear has been actively involved in international health initiatives for over 25 years. He also teaches at the University of British Columbia.

An Introduction to International Health, 2nd Edition, An Introduction to Global Health, Third Edition

Obidimma Ezezika

Obidimma Ezezika is an Assistant Professor in the Interdisciplinary Centre for Health and Society at the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus. He is also the Founder of the African Centre for Innovation and Leadership Development.

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