BMJ GH: Defining global health as public health somewhere else

24 January, 2020

Dear HIFA colleagues,

Here is an interesting and provocative new commentary in BMJ Global Health.

King NB, Koski A. Defining global health as public health somewhere else. BMJ Global Health 2020;5:e002172. [open access]


- Many definitions of global health have been offered, but none properly distinguish this field from public health more generally. We propose the following definition: global health is public health somewhere else.

- Our definition encourages consideration of the normative dimensions of global health, and their impact on aspects of training and practice that lead to unintended consequences and critiques.

- Practising public health somewhere else often involves tacit assumptions of an expertise gradient, limited understanding of accountability and inefficient interventions.

Best wishes, Neil

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