The Department of Global Health (DGH) seeks to improve health for all through research, education, training, and service. In honor of National Reading Month, DGH has created a roundup of books authored and edited by DGH faculty in 2022 that cover a wide range of topics, from personal memoirs to public health textbooks.  

This list highlights the University of Washington DGH-affiliated authors. To see a full list of collaborators, please click the links. E-copies are generally readily available for purchase online and we encourage you to utilize independent booksellers and libraries as much as possible.  

Beyond the Next Village: A Year of Magic and Medicine in Nepal 

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Written by Mary Anne Mercer, DrPH, MPH – Senior Lecturer Emeritus, Global Health 

Dr. Mary Anne Mercer chronicles her experience working with a Nepali Health Team to provide immunizations and clinical care in villages throughout Nepal in 1978. Her memoir, Beyond the Village, is a journey of “discovery, growth, and awakening.” When we asked why she wrote Beyond the Village, she shared with us: “I’ve studied and worked in the field of global health for several decades since I left Nepal, but what I learned there has stayed with me for my entire career. As the years went on, I realized I wanted to share that experience with students and others interested in the field.” 


Practical Implementation Science: Moving Evidence into Action  

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In this textbook edited by Drs. Sherr and Weiner, readers can learn how best to utilize implementation science approaches to improve public health. Practical Implementation outlines evidence-based theories, frameworks, and tools in an engaging way and “seeks to bridge the gap from scientific evidence to effective practice.” Full text available from UW Libraries.


Inequality Kills Us All: COVID-19’s Health Lessons for the World 

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Written by Stephen Bezruchka, MD, MPH – Associate Teaching Professor Emeritus, Global Health & HSPop 

This book raises awareness about how the high levels of inequality in the United States (US) directly impacts health measures and explores ways to eliminate inequality to improve health and well-being in the United States. In researching and writing Inequality Kills Us All, Dr. Bezruchka was most surprised at “the striking data demonstrating US increases in mortality for pretty-well all indicators over the last few years,” and that “we spend as much money on medical care as the rest of the world combined. Something is not working.” Full text available from UW Libraries.


Hot Spot: How Seattle Became the Place for Infectious Diseases Research  

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Featuring King Holmes, MD, PhD – Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Global Health & Medicine 

Hot Spot details how Seattle, Washington became the hub for infectious diseases research including discovering new sexually transmitted infections (STIs), leading clinical trials for new treatments, and protecting patients from deadly infections. The book looks at how Seattle was at the forefront of the HIV and AIDS epidemic and features Dr. King Holmes, an expert in the field of STIs and founding chair of DGH.  



Maxcy-Rosenau-Last Public Health and Preventive Medicine, 16th Edition 

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Maxcy-Rosenau-Last Public Health and Preventive Medicine, a highly influential text for public health professionals, has been updated and revised to include new and expanded sections to cover the ever-expanding field of public health and preventive medicine. Drs. Baeten and Wasserheit are editors of the newly added Global Health Section. Full text available from UW Libraries.


Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World (DGH Common Book 2021-22) 

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Written by Anand Giridharadas 

While not a DGH-faculty authored book, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World was selected as the 2021-22 Common Book and serves as a platform to spark “conversations in DGH about how to better build equity and principles of antiracism into our global health research and practice,” says Dr. James Pfeiffer. “Giridharadas' argument and framing of issues around wealth, power, and priority setting can spark further dialogue and constructive debate on the way forward.” More information about the DGH Common Book, including discussions and interviews with Anand Giridharadas, can be found on the DGH website. Available for checkout from UW Libraries.