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Canadian Scholars’ Press
630 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
December 2017
Print ISBN: 9781773380032


Newly revised and thoroughly updated, the third edition of An Introduction to Global Health is constructed around three essential questions: why is population health so poor in developing countries, what is the scope of the issue, and how can it be remediated? By considering aspects of the topic that are often neglected—including poverty, malnutrition, wars, governance, and humanitarian disasters—Seear and Ezezika provide a comprehensive overview of the various determinants of global health and its inevitable companion, the modern aid industry.

This informative and accessible introduction examines potential solutions to health inequity via a combination of primary health care strategies, poverty alleviation, developing world debt relief, and human rights interventions. New to the third edition is an updated discussion on global health in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the addition of chapter summaries, critical-thinking questions, and recommended readings. This new edition is an ideal resource for undergraduate students in global health courses.


Table of Contents


Part I What Is Global Health?
1 An Overview of Global Health
2 A History of International Aid

Part II Why Are Poor Populations Less Healthy Than Rich Ones?
3 The Basic Requirements for a Healthy Life
4 War and Civil Unrest
5 Poverty and Developing World Debt
6 Malnutrition
7 Governance and Human Rights in Developing Countries
8 Water, Sanitation, and Infectious Diseases in Developing Countries

Part III What Are the Types and Extent of Ill Health in Developing Countries?
9 How to Define and Measure Health
10 The Diseases of Adults and Children in Developing Countries

Part IV What Can Be Done to Help?
11 The Structure of the Foreign Aid Industry
12 Primary Health Care Strategies: The Essential Foundation
13 Curative Medical Care and Targeted Programs
14 Poverty Reduction, Debt Relief, and Economic Growth
15 Building Peace, Good Governance, and Social Capital

Part V Other Aspects of Global Health
16 Natural and Humanitarian Disasters and Displaced Populations
17 The Health and Rights of Indigenous Populations

Part VI: Working Safely and Effectively in a Developing Country
18 Planning and Preparing for Safe and Effective Development Work
19 How to Manage a Sustainable Aid Partnership

Copyright Acknowledgements

Michael Seear

Michael Seear is a 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, Teaching Stream, in the Interdisciplinary Centre for Health and Society at the University of Toronto Scarborough and in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the Founder of the African Centre for Innovation and Leadership Development, where he leads a number of global health and food security initiatives.


“This text is an excellent overview of global health from a Canadian point of view. It is thorough, current, well-referenced, and eminently readable. The authors have added relevant material on social determinants of health. They weave the Sustainable Development Goals of 2030 throughout, setting the targets against the existing burden of disease.”

—Anne Fanning, Professor Emeritus & Past Coordinator of the Global Health Initiative, University of Alberta

“This new edition of An Introduction to Global Health demonstrates how the universalization of health can be the great human equalizer, humanizer, and socializer. With a strong focus on the health of women and children and closing the gap between the rich and the poor, the book explores critical issues for our time, including how war, poverty, and malnutrition affect health and how working towards justice, equality, and freedom can move us closer to the goal of health for all.”

—Izzeldin Abuelaish, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Instructor Resources

For the third edition of An Introduction to Global Health, instructor supplements include:

  • Test bank that includes multiple choice, true or false, and short answers
  • PowerPoint slides for each chapter

See sample

Student Resources

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