Faculty-edited textbook publishes second edition

“Global Health Care: Issues and Policies”outlines the cultural, religious, economic and…

Georgia (Aug 17, 2012)“Global Health Care: Issues and Policies”outlines the cultural, religious, economic and political influences that impact global health care

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Aug. 17, 2012) — WhenKennesaw State University nursing professor Carol Holtz joined the faculty in 1980, she didn’t even have a passport. Today, she leads a group of nursing students on an annual study abroad trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, and just authored the second edition of her textbook, “Global Health Care: Issues and Policies,” among many international pursuits.

“My interest in international travel led to an interest in global health care, which led to designing an international health policy course, which led to the book,” Holtz explained. “I had never done anything like this before.”

Though the international health course is a nursing elective, it is required of international affairs majors. In searching for a textbook for the course, Holtz became frustrated and called all the medical textbook publishers and still couldn’t find what she needed.

Seeing a gap in their textbook offerings, Jones & Bartlett Learning commissioned Holtz to edit/author a textbook, the first edition of which was published in 2008. Several of the contributing authors are also Kennesaw State faculty, including Govind Hariharan, Michele Zebich-Knos, Lois Robley, Janice Long, Kathy Aduddell, David Mitchell and WellStar College of Health and Human Service Dean Richard Sowell.

“I had no intention of writing a textbook, but that’s what I ended up doing,” she said. “And, though I wrote the textbook for undergraduates, it’s being used in doctoral courses, too, because there is nothing else like it out there.”

According to the publisher, Holtz’ textbook is being used in classrooms across the country, as well as internationally. At Kennesaw State, her textbook is used by undergrads, as well as graduate students.

A recognized expert in global health care, Holtz is a member of the Journal of Transcultural Nursing and teaches two courses in the doctor of nursing science (D.N.S.) program at Kennesaw State on vulnerable populations.



Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of 24,100 from more than 130 countries.



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