Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will it be easy to transition from IGH2 to IGH3?

A: Yes. IGH2 and IGH3 have the same four units: global health principles, global health practice, the global burden of disease, and global health across the lifespan. The order of these units and the number of chapters were updated in response to feedback from IGH2 users, but the basic structure remains unchanged.

Q: Does IGH3 work for a course that emphasizes the socioeconomic and environmental contributors to health?

A: IGH3 uses the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework for exploring the social, political, economic, environmental, and ethical contexts in which global health practitioners operate. All of the statistics in the book have been updated, and the targets for 2030 are illustrated.

Q: Does IGH3 illustrate changes in population health status that are occurring in countries around the world?

A: Health transitions and comparative health metrics are a central theme of IGH3. The textbook uses nearly 300 full-color graphs, maps, and photos to illustrate the differences in health status between countries today and to show trends over time.

Q: Does IGH3 work for a course that emphasizes the global burden of disease?

IGH3 covers the full spectrum of diseases and disabilities that affect population health worldwide. New chapters on cancer, heart disease, mental health, and injuries complement revised chapters on infectious diseases, reproductive health, and nutrition.

Q: Does IGH3 cover the traditional areas of international health?

A: Yes, IGH3 has expanded coverage of the health issues that primarily affects the world’s poorest people, including neglected tropical diseases, maternal mortality, undernutrition, and the adverse health outcomes linked to environmental and occupational hazards.

Q: What if I don’t have time to cover all of the chapters in my course?

A: Each of the chapters in IGH3 works as a standalone entity. The chapters do not have to be read in order, and skipping some chapters will not impair the ability to use other chapters. For a quick tour of the global burden of disease, have your students read just the first section of each of chapters 8-17 (8.1, 9.1, 10.1, etc.).