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Globalisation and public health
  1. D Bettcher1,
  2. K Lee2
  1. 1Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, Tobacco Free Initiative, World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland
  2. 2Centre on Globalisation, Environmental Change and Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr D W Bettcher, Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, Tobacco Free Initiative, World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland;


At the dawn of the 21st century, globalisation is a word that has become a part of everyday communication in all corners of the world. It is a concept that for some holds the promise of a new and brighter future, while for others it represents a threat that needs to be confronted and counteracted. In the area of public health, a wide range of claims have been made about the various impacts, both positive and negative, that can be attributed to globalisation. In the ever expanding literature on globalisation and health, it has become apparent that considerable confusion is emerging in both the ways that terminology is applied and concepts are defined. The determinants of health are increasingly multisectoral, and in tackling these challenges it is necessary to take a multidisciplinary approach that includes policy analyses in such areas as trade, environment, defence/security, foreign policy, and international law. In assembling the terms for this glossary, we have attempted to demonstrate the richness of the globalisation and public health debate, and in so doing have selected some of the core terms that require definition. We hope that this glossary will help to clarify this interesting and challenging area, and will also serve as a useful entry point to this new debate in public health.

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