Is Fracking Safe?

BY EMMA PHELPS Arial view of a fracked landscape in Wyoming. Source: Simon Fraser University. Hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as fracking, is a drilling technique that allows the extraction of previously inaccessible natural gas from shale formations. The United States has experienced a fracking boom in the last decade. In February of 2016, the … Continue reading Is Fracking Safe?

Healthcare: Is there only one correct answer?

BY ELIZABETH LI The United States (US) healthcare system and the European healthcare system are ideologically and functionally different. When it comes to rankings, the US consistently ranks below other countries, such as France, Germany, and the United Kingdom in terms of life expectancy and health-care spending per capita. This disparity in the rankings begs … Continue reading Healthcare: Is there only one correct answer?

Public Policy in Chinese and Indian Public Hospitals

BY JING (SARAH) SHEN China The Chinese public hospital system is widely influenced by its federal policy towards healthcare. With shifts in policy in the past century, the country rapidly reformed its healthcare system . In the 20th century China’s economy underwent drastic changes from being a centrally planned, command economy to a capitalist, market-based … Continue reading Public Policy in Chinese and Indian Public Hospitals

A Conversation with Kaveh Khoshnood: Paths Through a Career in Global Health

BY CASSIE LIGNELLI Kaveh Khoshnood knows global health. He has been at the Yale School of Public Health since completing his MPH, working almost exclusively on HIV/AIDS and health among the most vulnerable populations in the US and worldwide. Even more remarkably, he has devoted his career to training the next generation of public health … Continue reading A Conversation with Kaveh Khoshnood: Paths Through a Career in Global Health

North Dakota: The Decline of Rural Healthcare

BY MYLES ODERMANN An abandoned 20th century farmstead. Source: Pixabay. In the past several decades, the population of rural America – particularly the Midwest – has seen a drastic decrease. This plummet in rural citizens has led to schools closing and local businesses failing due to lack of students, employees, and customers. Despite this steady … Continue reading North Dakota: The Decline of Rural Healthcare

Russia: The Sickness of a Nation

BY CHANEY KALINICH The probability that a 15-year-old boy in Russia will die before he reaches the age of 60 is greater than 40%.1 The ongoing health crisis in Russia presents a frightening picture of a nation’s leaders undermining its own citizens’ lives through neglect, corruption, and a quest for power. Russia is a wealthy … Continue reading Russia: The Sickness of a Nation

Alarmist Chinese coverage of MERS – Counterproductive?

BY ELIZABETH ZHANG Aside from the recent tragedy of the Eastern Star shipping accident and the unsurprising daily glamour coverage of China’s economic boons, one item has invaded the news waves with particularly sustained intensity. The arrival of MERS-coV’s (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome-coronavirus) patient zero in Huizhou of the Guangdong province has since carved out … Continue reading Alarmist Chinese coverage of MERS – Counterproductive?

Hong Kong: The Effects of Science, Politics, and Race on the Public Health Responses to the 1894 Bubonic Plague

BY CANDICE HWANG.Photography courtesy of Harvard University Library. ** This essay by Candice Hwang won the third place prize in the Yale Global Health Review 2014 Class Essay Contest** In the 18th and 19th century, there was an influx of Westerners in China, bringing with them their concepts of how state medicine and public health … Continue reading Hong Kong: The Effects of Science, Politics, and Race on the Public Health Responses to the 1894 Bubonic Plague