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Global Health Leadership

Case Studies From the Asia-Pacific

  • Mellissa Withers
  • Judith McCool
  • Brings together an international group of experts in global health from many disciplines and countries through the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) network

  • Presents real-world, very recent case studies that help illustrate global health leadership in practice

  • Includes a series of questions in each chapter that are designed to spark conversation, debate, and thought, as well as some additional recommended readings

  • Includes chapters examining hot topics, such as international treaties and governance, health diplomacy, the role of private industry in health promotion, social entrepreneurship, and community engagement in health

  • Highlights timely topics such as tobacco control, noncommunicable disease prevention, outbreak investigation, disaster preparedness, etc


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Becky Freeman
    Pages 1-13
  3. Kristin Dessie Zacharias, Nivvy Hundal, Shubha Kumar, Luz Myriam Reynales Shigematsu, Deepika Bahl, Heather Wipfli
    Pages 15-24
  4. John Szetu, Biu Sikivou, Marleen Nilesse, Judith McCool
    Pages 25-33
  5. Kumiko Takanashi, Junko Kiriya, Dao To Quyen, Akira Shibanuma, Masamine Jimba
    Pages 35-46
  6. Sachiko Baba, Ehab S. Eshak, Hiroyasu Iso
    Pages 47-55
  7. Raudah Mohd Yunus, Noran Naqiah Hairi, Choo Wan Yuen, Farizah Hairi, Sajaratulnisah Othman, Siti Zaharah Jamaluddin et al.
    Pages 57-66
  8. Salut Muhidin, Rachmalina Prasodjo, Maria Silalahi, Jerico F. Pardosi
    Pages 67-78
  9. Jonathan Samet, Alistair Woodward
    Pages 91-105
  10. Jae Kwan Jun, Keun-Young Yoo
    Pages 119-131
  11. Jorge V. Tigno
    Pages 133-145
  12. Judith McCool, Rosie Dobson, Elaine Umali, Linda Cameron, Robyn Whittaker
    Pages 147-155
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 157-167

About this book


This timely book serves as an overview of the challenges in global health leadership from multiple perspectives, bringing together an interdisciplinary group of academics, researchers, and leaders from around the world who are conducting innovative and high-quality research in the field of global health (GH). The book helps illustrate theoretical and conceptual ideas of leadership using recent examples of GH challenges from the Asia-Pacific region.

Leadership is an important element of education and training in GH. Leadership can be demonstrated by many sectors, including local and national government, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, multilateral organizations, civil society, and private individuals and corporations. The cases included in this book provide an analysis of the major components to successful efforts in GH, including cooperation, cultural competency, vision, and community ownership.

Given that GH practice is typically conducted in team settings with members from various backgrounds, this book provides students, faculty, and professionals in public health and related fields with an opportunity to examine multiple examples of leadership in different contexts. Readers learn how leaders have overcome challenges faced in the operationalization of complex health interventions, foreign policy, and working with key stakeholders and organizations.

This book aims to help students to:
  • Identify key trends and issues working in GH contexts;
  • Analyze situations in GH and explain the ways public health, health care, and other organizations can work together or individually to affect the health of a community;
  • Recognize the ways that diversity influences policies, programs, services, and the health of a community;
  • Support diverse perspectives in developing, implementing, and evaluating policies, programs, and services that affect the health of a community;
  • Identify characteristics of GH leaders;
  • Learn about ways to identify and measure success in leadership; and
  • Understand the challenges and barriers faced in GH programs and how to overcome those.


global health Asia-Pacific health policy leadership case studies governance health diplomacy health services health promotion social entrepreneurship Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) community health health promotion disease prevention health interventions foreign policy public health key stakeholders and organizations

Editors and affiliations

  • Mellissa Withers
    • 1
  • Judith McCool
    • 2
  1. 1.Keck School of MedicineUSC Institute for Global HealthLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.School of Population HealthUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

About the editors

Mellissa Withers, PhD, MHS, is assistant professor at the University of Southern California Institute for Global Health at the Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, California.

Judith McCool, PhD, is senior lecturer and head of the Department of Pacific Health at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Dr. McCool also is director of the Master of Health Leadership Programme at University of Auckland School of Population Health.

More information about The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) 
APRU is a nonprofit association of 45 leading Pacific Rim academic and research institutions. Members come from all over the region, including Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Thailand, and the U.S., among others. Established in 1997, APRU contributes to the development of an increasingly integrated Pacific Rim community. Witnessing the rapid economic integration of the region and the formation of APEC, APRU's founding presidents' vision was to establish a premier alliance of research universities as an advisory body to international organizations, governments, and business on the development of science and innovation, as well as on the broader development of higher education. The network's members collaborate to address key social, environmental, and economic challenges in the region and around the world. The APRU Global Health Hub leverages the program's interdisciplinary research and education to address key issues facing the region, including community development, environmental sustainability, poverty reduction, reducing health disparities, and workplace wellness. The Global Health (GH) Hub is hosted by University of Southern California, managed by Dr. Mellissa Withers, and partners with the USC Global Health Institute.

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