Health transitions in Mexico and Central America: Implications for health policy

Julio Frenk, Rafael Lozano, Octavio Gómez-Dantes

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This chapter discusses the interaction of epidemiological and health systems analysis in Mexico and Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama). Emphasis is given to the specificities of health transitions in the region and what has been called the double burden of disease, and their influence on health policies. Mexico is used as a case study to illustrate the use of population health and health services assessment in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health policies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Development of Modern Epidemiology
Subtitle of host publicationPersonal Reports from Those Who Were There
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191724077
ISBN (Print)9780198569541
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Epidemiology
  • Health policy
  • Health services
  • Health systems analysis
  • Public health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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