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The Palgrave Handbook of Global Health Data Methods for Policy and Practice

  • Sarah B. Macfarlane
  • Carla AbouZahr

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xliv
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Sarah B. Macfarlane, Carla AbouZahr, Viroj Tangcharoensathien
      Pages 3-23
    3. Sarah B. Macfarlane, Carla AbouZahr, John Frank
      Pages 25-43
    4. Claire D. Brindis, Sarah B. Macfarlane
      Pages 45-63
    5. Sarah B. Macfarlane, Muhammed M. Lecky, Olufemi Adegoke, Nkata Chuku
      Pages 65-84
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-104
    2. Alphonse L. MacDonald
      Pages 105-123
    3. Carla AbouZahr, Gloria Mathenge, Tanja Brøndsted Sejersen, Sarah B. Macfarlane
      Pages 125-144
    4. Theo Lippeveld, Tariq Azim, David Boone, Vikas Dwivedi, Michael Edwards, Carla AbouZahr
      Pages 165-181
    5. Kumnuan Ungchusak, David Heymann, Marjorie Pollack
      Pages 183-203
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-206
    2. Thomas Maina, Daniel Mwai
      Pages 207-224
    3. Amani Siyam, Khassoum Diallo, Sofia Lopes, Jim Campbell
      Pages 225-243
    4. Romesh Silva, Nobuko Mizoguchi
      Pages 245-262
    5. Madeleine Thomson, Bradfield Lyon, Pietro Ceccato
      Pages 263-281
  5. Part IV

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 301-302

About this book


This handbook compiles methods for gathering, organizing and disseminating data to inform policy and manage health systems worldwide. Contributing authors describe national and international structures for generating data and explain the relevance of ethics, policy, epidemiology, health economics, demography, statistics, geography and qualitative methods to describing population health. The reader, whether a student of global health, public health practitioner, programme manager, data analyst or policymaker, will appreciate the methods, context and importance of collecting and using global health data.


health systems health policy methods data health indicators epidemiology health economics demography

Editors and affiliations

  • Sarah B. Macfarlane
    • 1
  • Carla AbouZahr
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics School of Medicine, and Institute for Global Health SciencesUniversity of California San FranciscoSan Francisco, CAUSA
  2. 2.CAZ Consulting SarlBloomberg Data for Health InitiativeGenevaSwitzerland

About the editors

Sarah Macfarlane is Emerita Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Institute of Global Health Sciences at the University of California San Francisco in the United States. She has collaborated with individuals and institutions worldwide to build health information, surveillance and statistical systems.
Carla AbouZahr is a senior technical adviser to the Bloomberg Data for Health Initiative at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her career in global health includes over 20 years with the World Health Organization working with country and international partners to strengthen health information systems.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Palgrave Handbook of Global Health Data Methods for Policy and Practice
  • Editors Sarah B. Macfarlane
    Carla AbouZahr
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-54983-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-71531-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-54984-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XLIV, 532
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 39 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Medicine/Public Health, general
    Health Policy
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“It is heartening that this book provides creative methods to address data needs from the country perspective. This timely volume takes a unique approach and will make a critical contribution to successful implementation of major global policies such as Universal Health Coverage.” (Tikki Pang, Visiting Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore)

“A rich and thoughtful set of chapters provides methods that can improve all aspects of health data nationally, regionally and globally. This handbook is both scientific and practical and is an essential tool for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals for health.” (Ties Boerma, Professor, Centre for Global Public Health, University of Manitoba, Canada)

“In an era when modeled estimates of morbidity and mortality dominate the global health discourse, this remarkable book promotes high-quality national and sub-national data collection to produce reliable health statistics. Readers will find its methods essential to advance the unfinished agenda of achieving useful quality health data globally.” (Cesar Victora, Emeritus Professor, International Center for Equity in Health, Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil)