international health

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The branch of public health practice concerned with health problems that transcend national frontiers to affect regions or the entire world, and that is primarily devoted to health care problems of developing (low-income) nations. It incorporates elements from clinical specialties, notably pediatrics, obstetrics, and emergency medicine; includes ideas from cultural anthropology, economics, politics, social demography, management sciences, etc.; and aims to elevate levels of health indicators in developing countries and regions to approximately the level of rich industrial nations, using strategies and tactics, including social and gender development, as well as traditional public health approaches, such as health education, nutritional enhancement, vaccination programs, primary care services, etc.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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