The globalization of public health: the first 100 years of international health diplomacy

Bull World Health Organ. 2001;79(9):842-9. Epub 2001 Oct 23.


Global threats to public health in the 19th century sparked the development of international health diplomacy. Many international regimes on public health issues were created between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries. The present article analyses the global risks in this field and the international legal responses to them between 1851 and 1951, and explores the lessons from the first century of international health diplomacy of relevance to contemporary efforts to deal with the globalization of public health.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Alcoholic Beverages / history
  • Alcoholic Beverages / supply & distribution
  • Commerce / history
  • Communicable Disease Control / history
  • Drug and Narcotic Control / history
  • Global Health*
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation / history*
  • Occupational Health / history
  • Public Health Administration / history*
  • Risk Factors