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What is Global Health?

The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), defines global health as, "an area for study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide."

 

 

 

Why is Global Health Important?

Global Health affects all of us.

  • Travel and Migration
    • You can reach any area of the globe in 24-26 hours, bringing infections.
    • Over 500M cross boundaries each year by plane alone.
  • Inadequate Public Health Infrastructure
    • Bioterriorism, Zika virus, ebola and other problems highlight challenges in the United States and many other systems to address catastrophic scenarios.
  • Urbanization
    • Global economy and migration to cities cause overcrowding, water and sanitation problems, pollution, and other health risks.
  • Globalization of Trade
    • Varied or absent regulations
      • Increases risk from pesticides, industrial toxins, and hazardous wastes. 
      • Lack of strict export safety on foods and products.
  • Aging and Chronic Diseases
    • By 2025, more than 800 million people will be over 65 and two-thirds will be in low-income countries.
    • Chronic diseases associated with aging and the costs of treating these will deplete already limited health resources of poor and rich nations alike.