ABSTRACT

Global health challenges are growing in frequency, intensity, scale, and scope, and in their comprehensiveness, interconnectedness, complexity, and uncertainty as well. Issues once conveniently categorized under the singular, siloed headings of the economy, security, trade, and the environment are now seen as integrally connected to, and thus inherently part of, global health (Fidler 2007; Blouin 2007; Hsu and White 2007; Smith and Martínez Álvarez 2008; Gostin 2012; Rogelj et al. 2013; Kirton and Guebert 2013). Intellectual property, bioterrorism, education, food and nutrition, zoonotic disease transmission, migration, and virus sharing are leading examples of these connections. Global health challenges thus now need to be examined not only in a cross-border context, but in a cross-sector and cross-disciplinary manner as well.