Mapping the key issues shaping the landscape of global public health

Alastair Ager, Gary Yu, Sabrina Hermosilla

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A survey of global health experts attending an invited meeting provided a means to map key issues perceived to be shaping emerging global public health agendas. Eighty-five participants proposed three major issues likely to have the most significant impact on the field of global health in the coming years. Six raters grouped the resultant items, with multi-dimensional scaling (MDS) analysis producing a composite two-dimensional map depicting the overall patterning of items. Thematic clusters were incorporated within four major domains: changing health and prevention needs (15% of items), globalisation and global health governance (33% of items), transforming health systems (30% of items) and innovations in science and technology (7% of items). The remaining 15% of items addressed forms of environmental change. The distribution of items across domains was not significantly influenced by the current professional role of participants, their current location in the 'global north' or 'global south' or their region of focus (although the latter approached threshold significance). The constraints on interpretation imposed by the biases influencing participation in the survey are noted. However, the exercise suggests the potential for coherently defining shared agendas for diverse stakeholders to address emerging priorities. The closer integration of environmental concerns with other global public issues is clearly warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S16-S28
JournalGlobal Public Health
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - Sep 2012


  • demography
  • environment
  • epidemiology
  • globalization
  • governance
  • health systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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