1st Edition

Global Health Governance and Policy An Introduction

    328 Pages
    by Routledge

    328 Pages
    by Routledge

    Global Health Governance and Policy outlines the fundamentals of global health, a key element of sustainable development. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, it explores the relationship between the globalization process and global health’s social, political, economic and environmental determinants. It points the attention to the actors and forces that shape global policies and actions with an impact on peoples’ health in an increasingly complex global governance context. Topics discussed include:

    • The relationship between globalization and the determinants of health
    • The essentials of global health measurements
    • The evolution of public health strategies in the context of the global development agenda
    • The actors and influencers of global health governance
    • The role of health systems
    • The dynamics and mechanisms of global health financing and Development Assistance for Health
    • Career opportunities in global health governance, management and policy

    Looking in depth at some of the more significant links between neoliberal globalization, global policies and health, Global Health Governance and Policy: An Introduction discusses some specific health issues of global relevance such as changes in the ecosystem, epidemics and the spread of infectious diseases, the global transformation of the food system, the tobacco epidemic, human migration, macroeconomic processes and global financial crisis, trade and access to health services, drugs and vaccines, and eHealth and the global "health 4.0" challenge.

    Written by a team of experienced practitioners, scientists and teachers, this textbook is ideal for students of all levels and professionals in a variety of disciplines with an interest in global health.

    1. Introduction

    Section 1: Globalization, Development and Health

    2. Links between globalization, development and health

    3. Global estimates of health indicators 

    4. The right to health and the evolution of public health strategies in the context of global development policies 

    Section 2: Global Governance and Health

    5. Global governance in health

    6. International institutions: the United Nations system 

    7. Governments and their groupings

    8. Non-state actors

    9. Global action networks and transnational hybrid organizations

    10. Future challenges toward global governance for health 

    Section 3: Global Policies and Issues

    11. Neoliberal globalization, global policies and health 

    12. Health systems in the global health landscape 

    13. Global health financing and Development Assistance for Health


    Eduardo Missoni has decades-long experience in international development cooperation, and is currently adjunct professor at the Bocconi University and SDA-Bocconi School of Management, at the Milano-Bicocca University, and at the Medical School of the University of Pavia, Italy. He is also a member of the Faculty of the Geneva School of Diplomacy, and has teaching duties at the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

    Guglielmo Pacileo is a senior physician at the Management Directorate of the Alessandria Local Health Authority, and an adjunct professor at SDA-Bocconi School of Management, Italy. He also holds teaching duties at the Medical School of the University of Pavia, Italy.

    Fabrizio Tediosi is Group Leader for Health Policy and System Research at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, and Privat Dozent (Associate Professor) at the University of Basel.