Emerging Global Health Issues

After completing this unit, you should be able to:

  • Identify statistical information related to global health issues.
  • Discuss global health topics and trends in health promotion and disease prevention.

Course Outcome(s) practiced in this unit:

MN505-5: Evaluate interdisciplinary health promotion resources.

Emerging Global Health Issues

In this unit, you will examine global trends and directions for health promotion and disease prevention, including malnutrition, emerging infections, violence, terrorism, and natural disasters.

Current emerging health care reform efforts pose significant challenges and opportunities for health care providers, educators, and researchers. With the increased ability for individuals or families to travel globally, comes the potential spread of diseases and/or infections. Human rights, cultural diversity, and cultural sensitivity considerations will figure prominently in emerging global health issues. Many diseases are no longer isolated to a singular community or, country. Diseases such as Zika, Ebola virus, and Human Immunodeficiency Virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV), are found globally. Bioterrorism, and terrorism are growing concerns of every country. The resulting impact on health can be tremendous for both individuals and entire communities. It is important that the masters prepared registered nurse is aware of global trends and directions for health promotion and disease prevention.