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Global Health Affairs

Evaluation

Development Policy

Challenges in Health and Development: From Global to Community Perspectives

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Sandy Johnson, scholar in residence and director of the BA program in international studies, recently came out with a book published by Springer Publishing Company.

Below is the publisher's abstract:

At the turn of the 21st century, human health and economic growth are inextricably linked components of international development.

Challenges in Health and Development is a primer on the changing configurations of population health and economic growth in development policy. It examines strategies of investing in human health and investing in economic growth as distinct approaches to development, explores the symbiotic relationship of these tactics, and considers the applications and outcomes from a global, national and community level perspective. Each chapter introduces concepts of economic development and population health, and uses case studies to illustrate the same.

These case studies include program and policy examples from Bangladesh, Chile, Haiti, Rwanda, South Africa and Sri Lanka. This text examines the impact of macroeconomic adjustment programs, health care restructuring, investment in primary health care, public-private partnerships, and the challenges of program coordination and up-scaling in stable and conflict-ridden countries.

Discussion questions are provided at the end of each chapter to facilitate classroom activities.

Download the table of contents (PDF), preface (PDF) and a sample chapter (PDF).