An Overview of Global Health for the Healthcare Professional

  • Vivian T. Yin
  • David Hunter Cherwek


As the world continues to become more connected by technology, commerce, and international travel, it is critical for all healthcare professionals to understand the growing role of global health and to learn from this dynamic field. The definition of “global health” continues to evolve as new challenges, regulations, and innovations are constantly emerging which may add new dimensions (and solutions) to already complex health and social issues around the world. Healthcare professionals with this interest may look for opportunities to study these issues formally in master’s degree or certificates in global health, to see how their research could impact global populations, and to work abroad on the ground. This chapter is designed to give a general overview of the key components of global health and the important aspects of this field to consider when looking at a practice and career in global health.


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Conflict of Interest

Dr. Vivian T. Yin is a consultant for Genentech Inc. and Merz Pharmaceuticals.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vivian T. Yin
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • David Hunter Cherwek
    • 4
  1. 1.Ophthalmic Oncology, Department of SurgeryMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.BC Center for Epidemiologic and International Ophthalmology, University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.Board of Directors, Seva CanadaVancouverCanada
  4. 4.Orbis InternationalNew YorkUSA

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