Call for Prospecta: SOPHE Book on Global Health Promotion

Deadline for Applications: April 1, 2012

The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) seeks proposals for a Global Health Promotion book. SOPHE uses the World Health Organization (WHO)’s definition of health promotion, which is “the process of enabling people to increase control over their health and its determinants, and thereby increase their health” (WHO, 2005). The book’s intended audience is broadly defined as practitioners, academics, and students.

SOPHE encourages prospectuses that will advance the theoretical foundations, knowledge bases, and practical applications of global health promotion. The book should be rooted in domestic, international, and cross-cultural perspectives. As a result, the most competitive submissions will likely include editors and authors from a wide variety of national and international settings. SOPHE expects the book to be published in 2013.

Items to be Included in the Prospectus:

Authors and Contributors

  • Names, affiliations, addresses, and all other relevant contact information for the lead editor(s) or author(s). If the publication will be an edited volume, include the status of chapter authors (e.g., if selected, list; if still recruiting, describe scheme).
  • Resumes (four to six pages) for each lead editor or author, including relevant education, background experiences, and publications.

Significance and Innovation

  • A clear statement of the book’s importance and timeliness.

Market and Competing Publications

  • The book’s intended audience(s), its competing publications, and the particular gap or niche it will fill.


  • A proposed table of contents or outline that includes, at a minimum, several summary sentences under each book section and chapter heading.
  • Estimated book length, chapter word counts, and number of tables, figures and boxes.
  • An estimated timetable for book completion, intended to meet the publication deadline of 2013.
  • Proposed key features of the book and an explanation of how they will benefit readers (e.g., chapter learning objectives, key terms, glossary, study questions, ancillaries, and web based materials). 

Policy on Expenses and Copyright:

  • SOPHE does not compensate authors or editors for their time, expenses, and efforts.
  • Publication copyright will be held by SOPHE with all net proceeds supporting this non-profit organization. 

Application Format and Submission:

  • Limit prospectuses to 3000 words or less, not including lead author/editor resumes.
  • Submit by April 1, 2012 in hard copy or electronically (preferred) to:SOPHE Office (c/o Global Health Promotion Book), 10 G Street NE, Suite 605, Washington, DC 20002,

Questions: contact Jesus Ramirez-Valles, SOPHE Publications Trustee,

New Book: Megacities and Global Health

UPDATED: The IH Section’s Dr. Omah Khan, chair of the Program Committee, is the co-editor of a recently published new book, Megacities and Global Health, along with Dr. Greg Pappas.  The press release is below.  The book signing will be from 12-1PM on Monday, October 31 inside of the APHA Press Booth #3051.

New book first to examine Megacities as emerging global health challenge

Washington, D.C., August 3, 2011 — Steady population growth concentrated in urban areas around the world has given rise to a new global health challenge. Megacities, aptly named urban centers with more than 10 million inhabitants, present a new realm of public health challenges for their residents and the world.

Megacities & Global Health, a new book published by APHA Press, examines the unique set of problems that arise when cities reach a certain size: poverty, infectious disease, overcrowding, environmental hazards, among others. These challenges have implications for the rest of the world as well. According to co-editors Omar A. Khan, MD, MHS, FAAFP, and Gregory Pappas, MD, PhD, megacities are strategically important in the global order, and the health challenges of the world’s largest cities will take on global significance.

“What is new is the emergence of the megacity as a unique pattern of urban settlement and as the subject of research,” note the editors in the book’s preface. Currently there are 25 megacities in the world, and that number is increasing. Public health plays an important role in ensuring global stability, say Khan and Pappas.

“This book is the first of surely many that will come as a result of the growth of, concentrated population centers around the globe,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of the American Public Health Association. “It’s an important contribution to addressing the growing health concerns of megacities.”

The book, broken down into global regions, draws on the expertise of more than a dozen senior authors and thought leaders. It targets a broad audience, including development experts, global & urban health specialists, teachers of global public health, and graduate and undergraduate-level students of public health, especially urban health and international health.

For author interviews with Drs. Khan or Pappas, please contact or

Ordering Information: Published by APHA Press, Megacities & Global Health,978-087553-0031, 350 pages, softbound, $70.00 ($49.00 APHA member price) plus shipping and handling. To order, call toll free 888-320-APHA; fax 888-361-APHA; e-mail or visit

Please send requests for a review copy on letterhead to David Hartogs, APHA, 800 I Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001-3710; email; or fax to 202-777-2531.