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Global Health 101, THIRD EDITION

by Richard Skolnik

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Recognized as the Best Introductory Global Health Textbook for Undergrads*

In use in over 300 college classrooms across the country, Global Health 101, Third Edition 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. Particular attention is given to the health-development link, to low- and middle-income countries, and to the health needs of poor and disadvantaged people.

*Nathanson, Neal , Hall, Thomas and the collaboration of 37 participants(2011) 'A comparison of five introductory textbooks in Global Health', Global Public Health, 6: 2, 210 — 219

  • The Latest Data on the Global Burden of Disease

    The Third Edition is a thorough revision that offers an extensive amount of new and updated information, while maintaining clarity, simplicity, and ease of use for faculty and students. Offering the latest data on the burden of disease, the new 4-color Third Edition presents unique content on key topics that are often insufficiently covered in introductory materials, such as immunization and adolescent health.

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  • More Case Studies, Policy Briefs and Profiles of Global Health Actors

    Case studies and policy and program briefs bring topics to life for students and faculty. This edition includes more than 25 additional “Policy and Program Briefs” of about 750 to 1,000 words each, which cover the range of key topics in the book.

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  • Student Companion Website

    A Student Companion Website (available for Fall 2015) offers a collection of interactive exercises and student study question, as well as the model policy briefs, video list, and reference list.

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  • Part of the Essential Public Health series

    From the impact of AIDS to the cost of health care, this unique series will introduce your students to the full range of issues that affect the public’s health. Designed to meet the AAC&U recommendations for undergraduate Public Health education, this is the ideal suite of texts for programs offering courses in Public Health, Global Health, Epidemiology, and more.

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What’s New to the 3rd Edition of Global Health 101?

The Burden of Disease and Other Health Data

All data on the burden of disease and related risk factors has been updated, largely from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010, which was published in 2013. The book also includes current health statistics from sources such as WHO, UNICEF, and the World Bank.

Health Systems

This edition of the book includes revised, updated, and expanded comments about health systems in a number of countries. The health systems chapter also now includes a section on pharmaceuticals.

Health Disparities

Equity and inequality are essential public health concerns. This edition explores equity and inequality issues for a variety of groups more deeply than the earlier editions.


The place of nutrition in health has changed dramatically, with considerable growth in the share of populations that are overweight and obese, even in low- and middle-income countries. This edition features a completely reworked chapter on nutrition that covers nutrition issues from undernutrition to overweight and obesity in a single chapter. In doing so, it takes account of the latest global work on nutrition, including the Global Nutrition Report of November 2014 and the Lancet Series on Maternal and Child Nutrition of 2013.

Child Health

This edition also features a considerably expanded chapter on child health, which includes an extensive new section on childhood immunization. The comments on immunization are an almost unique history of the global program on immunization from its inception to the present. This section highlights the status of the world’s work on immunization, the challenges it faces, and how the world is seeking to address those challenges.

Adolescent Health

The book includes a new chapter on adolescent health, an important but largely uncovered topic in much of the literature on Global Health. The chapter is parallel in construction to the child health chapter and seeks to address: What do adolescents get sick, disabled, and die from? Which adolescents suffer from these problems? What are the risk factors and social determinants for these problems? What are their consequences? What have we learned can be done to address these issues?

Noncommunicable Diseases

The share of the burden of disease that is non-communicable has continued to grow. This edition features considerable additional information on non-communicable diseases broadly, and on cancer and mental health in particular.

Science and Technology

Science and technology continue to be used in increasingly diverse ways to meet Global Health needs. This edition features a range of new policy and program briefs on science and technology. These include, for example, new briefs on the use of mobile technologies for Global Health, telemedicine in India, and on new drugs and diagnostics for TB.

Working in Global Health

This edition continues to include two chapters on careers in Global Health. The chapter on working in Global Health has been updated. Eight new profiles have been added to the chapter on Profiles of Global Health Actors. This was intended to highlight the many opportunities to work in Global Health for people who are not physicians.

Case Studies and Policy and Program

Case studies and policy and program briefs bring topics to life for students and faculty. This edition includes more than 25 additional “Policy and Program Briefs” of about 750 to 1,000 words each, which cover the range of key topics in the book.

Ancillary Materials

This edition offers an expanded collection of ancillary teaching and learning materials for students and faculty including model policy briefs, an annotated video list, cases for classroom discussion, a midterm and final exam, as well as the author’s own PowerPoint lecture slides and more.

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Navigate 2

Available beginning January 2016, the Third Edition will include Navigate 2 Advantage access, a comprehensive package of mobile ready course materials including interactive eBook, virtual study center, homework and assessment center with pre-loaded quizzes and exams, and dashboards with learner and educator views.

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About the Author

Richard Skolnik’s experience in Global Health spans four decades in both academia and in public service. He currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Yale College, the Yale School of Public Health, and the Yale School of Management. Prior to Yale, he taught Global Health at The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public health. Mr. Skolnik is the former Vice President for International Programs at the Population Reference Bureau, and the former Executive Director of the Harvard School of Public Health PEPFAR program. He worked at the World Bank from 1976 to 2001, last serving as the Director for Health and Education for South Asia.


Richard Skolnik has worked as a Global Health practitioner for 30 years and has taught more than 40 Global Health courses over 12 years to undergrads, public health school students, and business school students.

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Ancillary Materials Available

This edition offers an expanded collection of ancillary teaching and learning materials for students and faculty.

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Syllabi/Teaching Guides for Community Colleges, Undergraduates Courses, and Graduate Level Courses. These include in a coherent manner session outlines, reading assignments, video references, and writing assignments.

Cases for classroom discussion or for discussion sections. The Syllabi/Teaching Guides also have links to cases for use in classrooms or discussion sections. The cases have been tested and refined in real classroom settings over the last several years.

Annotated Video List. The annotated video reference list for the book is organized by book chapter and now includes more than 175 Global Health videos.

Model Policy Briefs. To assist students in preparing their own Policy Briefs, as recommended in the Syllabi/Teaching Guides, the website includes more than 30 student-prepared model policy briefs. These cover: health systems, nutrition, maternal health, child health, noncommunicabale diseases, and communicable diseases.

Bibliography of Key Global Health Resources. The ancillaries also include an updated bibliography on Global Health with hundreds of entries by chapter and sub-topic of the book.

Mid-term and Final Examinations. The ancillaries also include model mid-term and final examinations for the use of faculty.

Monthly Blog on Teaching Global Health. The author will once again be preparing a monthly blog on teaching Global Health. The blog contains information about resources for teaching Global Health. It also includes lessons that the author is learning from his teaching Global Health in three programs, as well as lessons that others have shared with him about their own teaching experiences.

Teaching Hotline. The author of the book is committed to learning from others and to helping others enhance their teaching. The author of the book invites those adopting the book to contact him if they have questions about the book or its website, seek additional teaching resources, would like him to share more of what he is learning in the classroom, or would like to share their own lessons of experience.