Offers the Most Current Data and Framework

Introduction to Global Health is a comprehensive look at today’s most critical global health concerns and the actions that people around the world are taking to solve public health problems and to promote health and wellbeing.

The Third Edition has been significantly expanded to present the full spectrum of topics that are now included as part of the global health agenda, including global health dynamics, the links between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and global health priorities, the socioeconomic and environmental determinants of health, the connections between health and human rights, and the funding and implementation of global public health initiatives.

New to this Edition:

New Content

  • The chapters on the socioeconomic, environmental, and ethical foundations of global health feature a new emphasis on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • One chapter on “payers and players” in previous editions has been separated into two chapters on global health financing and implementation that provide enhanced overage of health systems, health funding mechanisms, and the governmental and intergovernmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, for-profit corporations, and other entities involved in global health.
  • Five new chapters on neglected tropical diseases, cancer, heart disease, mental health, and injuries ensure comprehensive coverage of the global burden of disease. These topics were briefly covered in IGH2, but they are now full standalone chapters.
  • The lifespan chapters have an enhanced focus on health promotion at all ages, and a new concluding chapter describes professional pathways in global health.

Updated Ancillaries

  • PPTs for each chapter
  • Sample syllabi
  • Testbank

Full Color

The new Third Edition is in full color and is loaded with photographs and figures that will engage your students in reading and learning about global health.


  • Each of the “words in bold” is defined in a new 750-word glossary at the end of the book
  • Comprehensive list of key terms in global health
  • Terms are distributed evenly across chapters to make the terms good quiz questions
Introduction to Global Health, Third Edition

About the Author

Kathryn H. Jacobsen, MPH, PhD, is a professor of epidemiology and global health at George Mason University who conducts research on health transitions, the shifts in population disease burden that occur with socioeconomic development. In addition to analyses of the changing global epidemiology of hepatitis A virus and long-running field studies in Sierra Leone, her research portfolio includes analyses of emerging infectious diseases, global comparisons of adolescent risk behaviors, and studies of injury epidemiology in Malawi and other low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

She has authored more than 150 scientific articles as well as the popular books Introduction to Global Health and Introduction to Health Research Methods: A Practical Guide. Additionally, she contributes to the Global Burden of Disease project; advises on research ethics, vaccine policy, and travel health; and frequently provides commentary for print and television media.