1st Edition

Social Science Perspectives on Global Public Health

Edited By Vincent La Placa, Julia Morgan Copyright 2022
    250 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    250 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Approaching global health through a social justice lens, this text explores both established and emerging issues for contemporary health and wellbeing.

    Divided into two parts, the book introduces key concepts in relation to global public health, such as ethics, economics, health disparities, and globalisation. The second part comprises chapters exploring specific challenges, such as designing and implementing public health interventions, the role of social enterprise, climate change, sustainability and health, oral health, violence, palliative care, mental health, loneliness, nutrition, and embracing diverse genders. These chapters build on, and apply, the theoretical frameworks laid out in part one, linking the substantive content to broader contexts.

    Taking an inclusive, global approach, this is a key text for both undergraduate and postgraduate students of global health, public health, and medical sociology.

    Part I.  1.Introduction.  2.Public Health, Theory, and Application to Policy and Practice.  3.Globalisation and Global Public Health.  4.Economics and Global Health.  5.Global Inequalities: The Impact on Health.  6.Ethics and Global Public Health.  7.Engaging Critical Pedagogy Within Global Health Teaching and Learning.  Part II.  8.Issues in Design, Implementation and Evaluation of Maternal Health Interventions in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.  9.Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation in Global Public Health Practice.  10.Planetary Health and the Anthropocene.  11.The Climate Emergency and Zero Carbon Healthcare.  12.Violence and Global Public Health.  13.Every Child and Adolescent, Everywhere: Contemporary Issues in Child and Adolescent Health.  14.Armed Conflict and the Mental Health of Children.  15.Agentic Dying: The Global Imperative to Acknowledge Socio-Anthropological Aspects in Palliative Care Services for All.  16.Nomadic Peoples and Access to Healthcare.  17.Living in a Foreign Land: Refugee and Migrant Health and Related Health Inequalities.  18.Unravelling Dietary Acculturation in the 21st Century.  19.Transgender, Genderqueer and Non-Binary Identities: Social and Structural Inequalities in Public Health.  20.The Social Construction of Loneliness and Global Public Health.  21.Global Oral Health and Inequalities.  22.Health Protection and Global Approach to Neglected Communicable Diseases.  23.Conclusion.


    Vincent La Placa is Associate Professor of Public Health and Policy at the University of Greenwich and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Previously, he was a Senior Research Consultant at the Department of Health (now DHSC), where he managed the qualitative strand of the Healthy Foundations Life-stage Segmentation Model, one of the largest pieces of qualitative research conducted across UK government. He co- edited the book Wellbeing: Policy and Practice with Anneyce Knight and Allan McNaught, published in 2014. Dr La Placa was recently appointed an Honorary Fellow of Eurasia Research’s Teaching, Education and Research Association (TERA).

    Julia Morgan is an Associate Professor for Public Health and Wellbeing. Her primary teaching and research interests focus on social justice and inequality; nomadic peoples; gender; global childhoods; international development; global public health; community development; and wellbeing amongst people who are imprisoned. She has carried out research with children whose parents have been imprisoned; Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller communities in the UK; Mongolian nomadic herders; and children who live on the street in Mongolia, Romania, and Zambia. She is currently researching ADHD late diagnosis in adult women in the UK.