Updated and Enhanced Coverage

in Global Health 101, Fourth Edition

Global Burden of Disease and Risk Factors

Understanding the burden of disease and risk factors is an important starting point for this book and is now treated in its own chapter (3). Additionally, all chapters on health issues are based on updated data on the burden of disease and risk factors. Most of this data is for 2016 or later and comes from the Global Burden of Disease. This is complemented by data from the World Bank, UNAIDS, and WHO that is for 2016 or later.

Determinants of Health

The determinants of health, how health is measured, and the health status of the world is covered in its own discrete chapter (2).

Intersectoral Approaches

A new chapter on intersectoral approaches to enhancing global health has been incorporated into this edition. To learn more about the benefit of teaching your global health students intersectoral approaches to enabling better health, view Richard Skolnik's webinar: Intersectoral Approaches to Enabling Better Health.


This expanded chapter addresses women’s health issues more broadly to include women’s health issues that go beyond reproductive and sexual health. Gender and equity issues run throughout the text.

To learn more about women’s health and what can be done to address women’s health issues that go beyond reproductive and sexual health, view Richard’s Skolnik webinar on The Health of Women.

Children and Adolescent Health

Two distinct chapters address Children and Adolescent Health, incorporating the recent recommendations of DCP3 and a range of other global studies, as well as discussion of the history and progress of the global program on immunization.

Nutrition and Global Health

This chapter has been enhanced and updated to include additional information about undernutrition and overweight and obesity. The findings on overweight and obesity are associated with the most recent recommendations about the prevention and control of a range of noncommunicable diseases.

Communicable Diseases

Updates on topics related to anti-microbial resistance and pandemic preparedness, as well as new approaches to addressing TB and malaria, among other diseases. It also takes extensive account of the findings from DCP3 and the latest recommendations of WHO and UNAIDS on measures to address HIV, TB, malaria, diarrhea, and selected neglected tropical diseases.

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)

Substantial new information on NCDs, including the most recent recommendations about packages for addressing NCDs and the platforms from which to do so, as suggested by DCP3, WHO, and other global studies.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Each core chapter has a table that relates the chapter topic to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals; a set of goals formulated by the global community in 2015, with specific targets to achieve by 2030.

Working in Global Health

Two chapters that cover careers in global health—Working in Global Health and Global Health Actors—have been incorporated as bonus material in the Navigate 2 online learning platform that accompanies the text. The latter includes several new profiles, including several prominent women as well as others from outside the fields of medicine and public health.

Discussion of Climate Change and Other Key Threats

Climate change is discussed in its own section and interwoven throughout the text. Other threats such as antimicrobial resistance, and emerging and reemerging infectious diseases are also covered.