Module One: Introduction To International Public Health
Implications of International Public Health
International public health is connected with foreign policy, charity, security and investment. Image Source
International public health carries broad implications for life on the entire planet. Five leading implications include:
International public health as a means of foreign policy: Foreign policy goals determine the international health priorities of a nation. Engagement in international public health activities is used as a means to create trade alliances, enhance international reputation, promote economic growth and democracy in other countries, and open new markets for trade.
International public health as a means to security: Policy is guided by a country's interest to protect its own population with regard to issues such as bioterrorism, infectious diseases, drug resistance and disaster management.
International public health as a means to charity: Promotion of health is considered a major factor in the fight against poverty, a front on which both governmental and non-governmental organizations take a lead.
International public health as a means to investment: Promotion of health is pursued to maximize economic development by enhancing market stability and the quality of work force.
International public health as a means to reduce the global burden of disease: Risk factor reduction and control of diseases are both the leading motivators and the outcomes sought.1
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