About the Text

Building on the strengths of the third edition, the Global Health 101, Fourth Edition continues to be written in a single voice, follows a consistent format, and includes a common set of questions about the burden of disease and what can be done to address it. Covering all the major topics in global health—from the determinants of health, the global burden of disease, and ethical priority setting, to the environment and health, nutrition, and communicable and noncommunicable diseases—this flexible text is adaptable to a wide range of courses and learning objectives. Over 70 case studies—many brand new—in both the book and online, illustrate a wide range of critical issues.

Global Health 101

What's New

in Global Health 101, Fourth Edition

Data and

The book is evidence-based and uniquely takes account of the latest data and evidence—2016 or later—from fundamental sources, including the Global Burden of Disease Studies, Disease Control Priorities, Third Edition, (DCP3), and Millions Saved. In addition, Global Health 101 now presents substantial data by World Bank region and World Bank country income group.


Throughout the fourth edition there is an enhanced emphasis on Universal Health Coverage, ethical priority setting, health disparities, and the quality of care.

Updated and enhanced coverage

Significant updates/enhancements have been made in many areas, including: the global burden of disease and risk factors: determinants of health; intersectoral approaches to enhancing global health; the health of women; the health of children adolescents and young adults; immunization; undernutrition and obesity; and, the growing prevalence of noncommunicable diseases.

Unparalleled Pedagogy

Learning objectives and vignettes focus and engage students in the chapter content, while tables, figures and new illustrative photos clarify and enhance visualization and understanding. End of chapter study questions enable students to check their knowledge, while key terms and references assist students in comprehension and in learning more.

Ancillary Materials

The text is accompanied by an extensive array of ancillary materials, some unique among the global health textbooks:

  • Syllabi/Teaching Guides for Community College, Undergraduate, and Graduate level Courses in Global Health. These include session outlines, reading assignments, video references and writing assignments.
  • Cases for classroom discussion or for discussion sections, all of which have been tested and refined in a classroom setting.
  • PowerPoint slides for each chapter.
  • Question Banks. This edition offers a bank of study questions as well as a quiz questions and model midterms and final examinations.
  • Annotated Video List. Organized by book chapter, this annotated list includes of more than 175 global health videos.
  • List of Global Health References. This is a handy list of useful global health organized by chapter and sub-topic of the book.
  • List of global health websites.
  • List of key Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in Global Health with links.
  • Navigate hOnline Learning materials, which include a comprehensive and interactive eBook, student practice activities and assessments, learning analytics reporting tools, two bonus chapters on global health careers and additional case studies.

*Qualified Instructors Only

Richard Skolnik

About the Author

Richard Skolnik’s experience in Global Health spans four decades in both academia and public service. He has taught more than 40 Global Health courses to undergraduate, graduate, and business students at both the Yale School of Public Health and The George Washington Milken Institute School of Public Health. Mr. Skolnik is the former Vice President of 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.

Blog on Teaching Global Health

Tap into Richard Skolnik extensive experience as both a teacher and leader in Global Health for invaluable insights and resources for teaching global health. Look for upcoming blogs on:

  • Using the Book
  • Making the Most of the Ancillary Materials
  • Laying out the Playing Field
  • Strengthening the Foundation—Working from the Goals of a Health System “Backwards”
  • The Determinants of Health
  • Measuring Health Status.