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Global Health 101

Are you interested in global health but want to learn more about it? If so, we have provided you with some readings and introductory presentations to assist you in learning more.


Interested in a career in global health? Check out this video by South African physician Greg Martin, that addresses career options and their likely training requirements.


The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good (2006) by William Easterly Easterly

The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time (2006) by Jeffrey Sachs

The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It (2007) by Paul Collier

The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits (2009) by C.K. Prahalad Prahalad

Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism (2009) by Muhammad Yunus Yunus

Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail (2009) by Paul Polak Polak

Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa (2009) by Dambisa Moyo Moyo

Poor Economics A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty (2011) by Abhijit Banerjee & Esther Duflo

Development As Freedom (2000) by Amartya Sen

Good to Great and the Social Sectors (2005) by Jim Collins


Beaglehole, R., Ebrahim, S., Reddy, S., Voûte, J., & Leeder, S. (2007). Prevention of chronic diseases: A call to action. Lancet, 370(9605), 2152-2157.   

Beaglehole, R., & Bonita, R. (2008). Global public health: A scorecard. The Lancet, 372(9654), 1988-1996

Benatar, S. R., Gill, S., & Bakker, I. (2009). Making progress in global health: The need for new paradigms. International Affairs, 85(2), 347-371

Bhutta ZA, et al; Maternal and Child Undernutrition Study Group. What works? Interventions for maternal and child undernutrition and survival. Lancet. 2008 Feb; (371): 417-440.

Blas, E., L. Gilson, et al. (2008). "Addressing social determinants of health inequities: what can the state and civil society do?" The Lancet 372(9650): 1684-1689.  

Buekens, P., G. Keusch, et al. (2004). "Evidence-Based Global Health." JAMA 291(21): 2639-2641.

Crump, J. A. and J. Sugarman (2008). "Ethical Considerations for Short-term Experiences by Trainees in Global Health." JAMA 300(12): 1456-1458

Engle, P. L., M. M. Black, et al. (2007). "Strategies to avoid the loss of developmental potential in more than 200 million children in the developing world." The Lancet 369(9557): 229-242.

Fox, A. M., & Meier, B. M. (2009). Health as freedom: Addressing social determinants of global health inequities through the human right to development. Bioethics, 23(2), 112-122.

Frenk, J. (2010). The global health system: Strengthening national health systems as the next step for global progress. PLoS Medicine, 7(1)

Friel, S., M. Marmot, et al. (2008). "Global health equity and climate stabilisation: a common agenda." The Lancet 372(9650): 1677-1683.

Fryatt, R., Mills, A., & Nordstrom, A. (2010). Financing of health systems to achieve the health millennium development goals in low-income countries. The Lancet, 375(9712), 419-426

Galaz, V. (2009). Pandemic 2.0: Can information technology help save the planet? Environment, 51(6), 22-28.

Garrett, Laurie. The Challenge of Global Health. Foreign Affairs, January /February 2007, Volume 86, No. 1, pp. 14-38.

Gyapong, J. O., Gyapong, M., Yellu, N., Anakwah, K., Amofah, G., Bockarie, M., et al. (2010). Integration of control of neglected tropical diseases into health-care systems: Challenges and opportunities. The Lancet, 375(9709), 160-165.  

Hogan, M. C., Foreman, K. J., Naghavi, M., Ahn, S. Y., Wang, M., Makela, S. M., et al. (2010). Maternal mortality for 181 countries, 1980-2008: A systematic analysis of progress towards millennium development goal 5. The Lancet, 375(9726), 1609-1623.  

Kruk, M. E., D. Porignon, et al. (2010). "The contribution of primary care to health and health
systems in low- and middle-income countries: A critical review of major primary care initiatives."
Social Science & Medicine 70(6): 904-911.

The Lancet. (2008). The global challenge of diabetes. The Lancet, 371(9626), 1723.  

Magnusson, R. S. (2009). Rethinking global health challenges: Towards a 'global compact' for reducing the burden of chronic disease. Public Health, 123(3), 265-274.  

Marmot, M. G. and R. Bell (2009). "Action on Health Disparities in the United States: Commission on Social Determinants of Health." JAMA 301(11): 1169-1171.

McCoy, D., G. Kembhavi, et al. (2009). "The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's grant-making programme for global health." The Lancet 373(9675): 1645-1653.

Merson, M. H., O'Malley, J., Serwadda, D., & Apisuk, C. (2008). The history and challenge of HIV prevention. The Lancet, 372(9637), 475-488.

Murray, M. and G. King (2008). "The Effects of International Monetary Fund Loans on Health Outcomes." PLoS Medicine 5(7): e162.  

Short-term global health research projects by US medical students: ethical challenges for partnerships. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2010 Aug;83(2):211-4.

Smits, J. and C. Monden (2009). "Length of life inequality around the globe." Social Science & Medicine 68(6): 1114-1123.

Yach, D., Hawkes, C., Gould, C.L., Hofman, K.J.The global burden of chronic diseases: Overcoming impediments to prevention and control (2004) Journal of the American Medical Association, 291 (21), pp. 2616-2622.

Introductory Presentations:

Global Health: An Introduction to Health Equity and Globalization’s Impact on Health

This presentation was part of a series of presentations given to the Global Health Corps (GHC) 2009-2010 fellows during their summer training at Stanford University.

Global Health: Why Now? Why Here at Stanford?

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