series event

Global Trade and Health

Professor Richard Smith will deliver this lecture entitled 'Global Trade and Health'

The world is getting smaller. Advances in travel and telecommunications especially has facilitated greater cross-border flows of goods and services, people and capital, and ideas and information.  For some this heralds increasing standards of living – including health.  For others it brings greater exploitation of the poor and adverse impacts on health.  But why should this concern those working in public health? Because it provides both challenges and opportunities for modern public health provision, health promotion activities, and public health protection.  This lecture will explore these challenges and opportunities.

The lecture will: (i) define and describe the process of trade, including the important actors, institutions and structures; (ii) explain the links and evidence concerning trade in health-related goods, services, people (patients and professionals), capital and ideas (intellectual capital); and (iii) explore how trade impacts upon the risk factors for communicable and non-communicable disease.

The Global Health Lecture Series is held every Monday during the first two terms, with the exception of Reading Weeks. Leading experts from the School present up-to-date summaries and debates about a range of global health issues.  Each lecture is 45-60 minutes, followed by Q&A, and they are open to all students as well as anyone interested in learning more about global health.

Please note the lectures are very popular, so you are advised to arrive early.

Session recordings are made available in the Panopto block on the top right of the Global Health Series Moodle page.


Free and open to all.