Global Health

The APRU Global Health Program aims to leverage the global health education and research of Asia-Pacific universities to address global health issues through interaction with public policy and media. Since its launch in 2007, the program has covered a significant range of topics including emerging public health threats, ageing and chronic diseases, infectious diseases and health security issues. It has engaged academics, policy leaders, media specialists and communities on non-communicable diseases and on global health issues on campus. To intensify communication and coordination in global health, a program hub was created at the USC Institute for Global Health in 2013. The hub has a core advisory group chaired by renowned epidemiologist Prof Jonathan M. Samet, advising and coordinating the program.  Its decisions are executed by the program manager, Dr Mellissa Withers. Decisions on hosting activities are made in consultation with this program core group. For more information please visit the APRU Global Health Program website and subscribe to the quarterly newsletter.

9th Asia Pacific Conference in Reproductive and Sexual Health and Right

Leave NO ONE Behind! Justice in Sexual and Reproductive Health
9th Asia Pacific Conference in Reproductive and Sexual Health and Right

November 27-30, 2017, Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

 The Asia-Pacific is an area of rapid growth and transition. The benefits and costs of development are, however, not shared equitably among the countries and peoples of the region. In health, and even more in sexual and reproductive health, poor and marginalised communities miss out on good quality treatment and services.

To address these and other equity challenges, there is a need to promote justice in and through sexual and reproductive health. This requires a rethinking of policies and practices to ensure that marginalised and disadvantaged peoples are placed centre-stage in the regional and national responses. 

About the Conference

The Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR) is a biennial gathering of civil society, young people, academia, government, media, private sector, and development partners from the region concerned about sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). The first APCRSHR was organized in 2001 in Manila and the succeeding seven conferences were hosted by countries across Asia.

The 9th APCRSHR will be held from November 27-30, 2017 in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. The conference expects to welcome 1,000 or more SRHR practitioners, experts and researchers from across the Asia Pacific region to share information and good practices for scaling up and/or replication, and to continue to expand and maintain relationships and alliances. It is an initiative of non-governmental organizations, but includes contributions from governmental and multilateral institutions.

Global Health Publication on the Atlas of Science

APRU Global Health (GH) Program’s research entitled “Training the next generation of global health leaders in the Pacific Rim” was published on the Atlas of Science, signaling the growing importance of research in the area of public health in Pacific Rim communities.

Through interaction with public policy and media, the APRU GH Program, led by Dr Mellissa Withers at the USC Institute for Global Health, aims to leverage the global health education and research of Asia-Pacific universities to address global health issues.

Click here to view the full article on the Atlas of Science.

2017 APRU Global Health Competition

Case competitions are increasing popular around the world as a way for students to exercise critical thinking skills using a "real world" challenge. For this international, virtual competition, teams will receive a challenge relating to a pressing global health problem. Teams will be given two weeks to prepare a 10-12 minute video in English proposing a realistic, well-designed, innovative solution to the challenge. Teams will save their videos on youtube or vimeo and submit the link via email for judging by a panel of APRU Global Health Program members and other global expert judges.

Three videos will be chosen for the final round to be shown at the 2017 APRU GH Program’s annual workshop in Manila, Philippines in October 2017. The winning team will be announced at the workshop and a prize of US$500 will be awarded.


  • MARCH 15- Deadline for universities to register teams
  • APRIL 1- Case challenge sent out via email at 11:59am Pacific Time
  • APRIL 21- Final video submissions due by 11:59am Pacific Time
  • JULY 1- Three finalist teams announced via email
  • OCT 18- Final competition held at the 2017 APRU GH annual workshop in Manila, Philippines

For further information about University Requirements, Eligibility, Prizes and Submission Instructions visit the GH Hub web page

Finalists entries for the 2016 Global Health Case Competition

For this year's inaugural APRU Global Health Program Case Competition student teams were encouraged to consider a balance of innovative yet realistic, evidence-based solutions for the competition challenge Preparing Pacific Rim Countries for Natural Disasters’. The plot created for this case study is fictional and bears no direct reflection to any existing organisation or individual and was created exclusively for use in the 2016 APRU Global Health Case Competition. 

Any reuse, reproduction, or distribution of this case material must be approved by the USC Institute for Global Health or APRU. For questions, please contact Mellissa Withers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Here are the videos of the winning team, Our Lady of Fatima University and the finalist teams from Tohoku University and Kyoto University

Winning Team: Our Lady of Fatima University

GH CaseComp OurLadyofFatima University  

New APRU Global Health Case Studies Book: Call For Chapter Proposals

In 2017, we will publish an exciting new book on global health leadership featuring case studies from our members. We invite you to submit a chapter proposal…

Overview: In this book, we will bring together an inter-disciplinary group of academics, researchers, and leaders from the APRU network to help illustrate theoretical and conceptual ideas of leadership using actual, recent cases of global health (GH) issues faced by APRU GH members.

This timely book will give an overview of the challenges in GH leadership from multiple perspectives, highlighting some of the most important components in GH leadership, including cooperation, problem solving, cultural competency, and vision. Given that GH practice is typically conducted by teams with different professional and cultural backgrounds and contexts, this book will examine multiple examples from different countries and sectors, including private corporations, governments, multi-lateral organizations, NGOS, and communities.

This publication will include 12-14 case studies of approximately 3,000 words each on topics such as tobacco control, non-communicable disease prevention, maternal and child health services, and disaster preparedness. Chapters will also include discussions questions and further recommended readings. The book will be published by Springer through their Springer Briefs series.

APRU Global Health Program Workshop 2016

The 10th annual APRU Global Health conference was hosted by the UNSW Australia in Sydney from Sept 28 – Oct 1, 2016.

 GH2016 group photo

Close to 200 senior researchers, practitioners, early career researchers and students representing 17 economies and 10 different disciplines participated in the conference.

Participants and delegates were welcomed by Professor Ian Jacobs, UNSW Australia’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr Christopher Tremewan, APRU Secretary General, Professor Jonathan Samet, APRU Global Health Program Chair and Professor Rodney Philips, Dean of UNSW Medicine.

GH2016 profjacobs GH2016 profsamet GH2016 profphilips
(L-R) Professor Ian Jacobs, Professor Jonathan Samet and Professor Rodney Philips 

There were keynote speeches by Professor Charles Gilks, Head of the School of Population Health at the University of Queensland and Dr Take Naseri, the Director-General of the Ministry of Health, Samoa. They spoke about infectious diseases in the Pacific Rim and the health service reform in Samoa respectively. The conference this year also featured invited speakers from Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Ghana, and the United States.

The conference started with a special half-day workshop on workplace wellness and an afternoon reception in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Health Management Program at UNSW.

Over the next two days, delegates were able to attend 10 concurrent panel sessions as well as two poster sessions on topics such as non-communicable diseases, global health governance, maternal and child health, and ageing. 

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