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Key Issues in International Health, 2021/22, Semester 2
Rebecca King
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International Health

Beaglehole R. (2009) Global Public Health: A new era , 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Birn A-E., Pillay Y. and Holtz T. (2009) Textbook of International Health: global health in a dynamic world , 3rd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Buse, K, and Hawkes, S. 2015. Health in the sustainable development goals: ready for a paradigm shift? Globalization and health . 11 (13).

Frenk, J. 2010. The global health system: strengthening national health systems as the next step for global progress.  PLoS medicine , 7 (1), e1000089.

Merson, M.H., Black, R.E., and Mills, A.J. 2012.  Global health : diseases, programs, systems, and policies . 3rd ed. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Peters D.H., El-Saharty S., Siadat B., Janovsky K., and Vujicic, M. eds. 2009. Improving health service delivery in developing countries: from evidence to action . Washington DC: World Bank.

Skolnik R. (2008) Essentials of global health , Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers; 2008.

Walley, J., and Wright, J. eds. 2010.  Public health : an action guide to improving health. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

WHO Maximizing Positive Synergies Collaborative Group. 2009. An assessment of interactions between global health initiatives and country health systems.  Lancet. . 373 (9681), pp.2137-2169.

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Gender, Poverty and Social Inclusion

Blakely, T., Hales, S., Kieft, C., Wilson, N., and Woodward, A. 2005. The global distribution of risk factors by poverty level.  Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 83 (2), pp.118-126.

Hawkes, S., and Buse, K. 2013. Gender and global health: evidence, policy, and inconvenient truths. Lancet. , 381 , pp.1783-1787.

Labonte, R., Shcrecker, T., and Gupta, A.S. 2005. Health for some: death, disease and disparity in a globalizing era . Toronto: Centre for Social Justice.

Marmot, M. 2005. Social determinants of health inequalities. Lancet. , 365 , pp.1099-1104.

Morgan, R., George, A., Ssali, S., Hawkins, K., Molyneaux, S., and S. Theobald. 2016. How to do (or not to do) gender analysis in health systems research. Health policy and planning. . doi: 10.1093/heapol/czw037

World Bank. 2012. World Development Report 2012. Gender, equity and development. Washington: World Bank. Available from:

WHO. 2008. Closing the gap in a generation: health equity through action on the social determinants of health: final report of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health. Geneva: WHO.

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International Health Actors

Benatar, S., and Brock, G. eds. 2011.  Global health and global health ethics . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Buse, K., Harmer, A.M. Seven habits of highly effective global public–private health partnerships: Practice and potential. Social science & medicine. . 64 (2), pp.259–271.

Marchal. B. Cavalli, A., and Kegels, G. 2009. Global health actors claim to support health system strengthening - is this reality or rhetoric? PLoS medicine. . DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000059.

Szlezák, N.A. et al. 2010. The global health system: actors, norms, and expectations in transition. PLoS medicine. . DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000183.

WHO. 2007. Everybody’s business: strengthening health systems to improve health outcomes: WHO’s framework for action, Geneva: WHO. Available from:

WHO. 2015. About WHO [online]. [Accessed 21 September 2015]. Available from:

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Civil Society and Communities

Backman, G. et al. 2008. Health systems and the right to health: an assessment of 194 countries. Lancet. , 372 (9655), pp.2047-2085.

Cohn, J., Russell, A., Baker, B., Kayongo, A., Wanjiku, E., and Davis, P. 2011. Using global health initiatives to strengthen health systems: A civil society perspective. Global public health. : An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice. 6 (7), pp.687-702.

Combaz, E., and McLoughlin, C. 2014. Voice, empowerment and accountability: Topic guide. Birmingham: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. Available from:

Doyle, C., and Patel, P. 2008. Civil society organisations and global health initiatives: problems of legitimacy. Social science & medicine. . 66 (9), pp.1928–1938.

Filc, D. 2014. The role of civil society in health care reforms: An arena for hegemonic struggles. Social science & medicine. . 123 , pp.168–173.

Raya, S., Madzimbamuto, F., and Fonn, S. 2012. Activism: working to reduce maternal mortality through civil society and health professional alliances in sub-Saharan Africa. Reproductive health matters. . 20 (39), pp.40–49.

WHO. 2008. Human rights, health and poverty reduction strategies. Geneva: WHO. Available from:

This list was last updated on 22/07/2016