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The rapidly evolving world of global health and medicine—in the palm of your hand

Understanding Global Health is a go-to primer that puts global health and its many challenges into sharp focus like no other text. Written with the nonspecialist in mind, this powerful resource reviews all the core topics that you must know in order to thrive in this decentralized new global health environment. It's all here: unique, authoritative coverage of public health concepts, plus essential insights into infectious diseases and clinical medicine.


• Comprehensive coverage of topics ranging from infectious disease to global epidemiology, to medico-political considerations

• Important perspectives on global health as it relates to hygiene and sanitation, the food and water supply, and the environment

• Timely chapter on political systems and culture and their effect on health (including the effects of terrorism)

• Incisive chapters on education and employment, the communication revolution, and economics, highlighting their impact on global health

• Practical case examples with explanations

• Chapter-ending review questions

• Learning objectives and key summary points

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Raymond A. Smego, Jr.

Associate Dean for International Medical Education Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases & International Health Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center of West Virginia University Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs Oman Medical College Sohar, Sultanate of Oman

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Melanie A. Fisher

Professor of Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases Director of the International Health Program Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center West Virginia University Morgantown, West Virginia

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William H. Markle

Clinical Associate Professor Family Medicine University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Program Director Family Medicine Residency University of Pittsburgh Medical Center McKeesport, Pennsylvania

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