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New APHA publication spotlights importance of global health.

As health inequalities blur borders and common health concerns transcend national boundaries, the field of global health is emerging to capture a greater portion of the public health spotlight. But global health--the study of the health of people around the world--is constantly reinventing itself, according to a new APHA book.

With innovation comes new techniques, modes of study and approaches, said the new book, "Readings in Global Health: A Research Anthology Collected from the American Journal of Public Health." Released in August, the book examines some of the health problems, issues and concerns that are most relevant to global health today.


The field of global health demands up-to-date and current information because it is "changing all the time," said the book's editor, APHA member Omar A. Khan, MD, MHS. The AJPH articles that appear in the more than 400-page book were selected for their timeliness and relevance to global health today, said Khan, a clinical assistant professor and attending physician in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and an attending physician at Christiana Care Health System and Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.

The articles featured in the new APHA book were also chosen for their high level of interest and appeal to a broad audience, Khan said. Divided into seven sections, "Readings in Global Health: A Research Anthology Collected from the American Journal of Public Health," covers child, adolescent and family health as well as the social determinants of health, HIV/AIDS, tobacco, vaccines, health disparities and infectious diseases. While the compilation is taken from material originally published in APHA's journal, the book's associate editors provide additional context and original introductions to each of the seven sections. For example, Sir Michael Marmot, PhD, MPH, MBBS, FRCP, FFPHM, FmedSci, chair of the World Health Organization's Commission on Social Determinants of Health, served as associate editor of the book's first section, which addresses the social determinants of health.

"An important part of our approach is not to ignore health systems but to argue that they could do their jobs better if there were appropriate attention to the social determinants of health," wrote Marmot in the book's forward. Marmot is the keynote speaker for APHA's 136th Annual Meeting in San Diego. He will address the meeting's opening session, which will begin at noon on Sunday, Oct. 26. (See Page 19.)

The book is for anyone who is engaged in global health research, practice and education, including students of public health, medicine, law, policy and politics, Khan said.

"If I could pick a new audience for this global health book, it would be schools of medicine," he said. "We don't have enough high-quality global health being taught in schools of medicine at this point."

Khan and Marmot will be signing copies of the book at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at the APHA Annual Meeting's Public Health Expo.

To buy "Readings in Global Health: A Research Anthology Collected from the American Journal of Public Health," visit, e-mail or call 888-320-2742. The cost is $28.50 for APHA members and $38.50 for nonmembers, plus shipping and handling.
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Date:Oct 1, 2008
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