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Global Health

Jessica Euna Lee

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

Published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press


Published online March 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780199975839 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.935

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Within its 150-year history, public health has grown from a focus on local communities to include countrywide, then international, and now global perspectives. Drawing upon the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, this article provides an overview of global public health within the broadest possible context of the world and all of its peoples. Also provided are the global burden of disease as measured in disability-adjusted life years, global health statistics, current health priorities, and recommendations for action by social workers and other health professionals.

Keywords: global health; public health; international; global burden of disease; disability-adjusted life years (DALYs)

Article.  11933 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine ; International and Global Issues in Social Work ; Social Policy and Advocacy

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