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.

Global Health Program Virtual Case Competition 2018

Join teams from around the world to develop creative solutions to the region’s most pressing health issues. The APRU Global Health Program invites you to participate in the third annual Virtual Global Health Case Competition. Eligible for students at all levels and areas for study.

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  1. On April 1, teams will receive a challenge relating to an emerging global health problem.
  2. Teams will be given four weeks to prepare a 10-minute video in English proposing a realistic, well-designed, innovative solution to the challenge.
  3. The three finalist videos will be shown live at the 2018 annual conference at University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. The winning team will receive US$500 awards.

Global Health Distance Education Course

The Global Health Program’s distance-learning courses are formal, graduate-level courses open to all APRU universities.  Participating institutions enroll both students and instructors, with courses developed and managed by lead instructors from USC. The program gives APRU institution’s an opportunity to share in an interdisciplinary and collaborative curriculum, with each university collecting its own tuition.

The courses involve ten weekly live sessions in which classrooms sign on simultaneously to listen to expert guest speakers and discuss case studies from real-world examples. Students will also work with students from at least three different universities around the Pacific Rim to complete final projects.

Courses Offered:
Global Health Leadership (Fall 2017)
Global Health Ethics in Research and Practice (Fall 2017)
Future potential courses include migration and global mental health

Save the Date : APRU Global Health Conference 2018

12th APRU Global Health Conference will be held on October 28-30, 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  

Organized by APRU Global Health Program and Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Malaya, the theme of this conference is Planetary Health: The Next Frontier.

Planetary health links physical, mental, social and environmental health together in order to address global health issues we face today as a comprehensive spectrum. The conference provides an overview of planetary health with focuses on topics of infectious diseases, human rights and climate change. 

Click here to register and submit your paper. 
Click here to see the tentative programme.

Results announced for 2017 Global Health Case Competition and Student Poster Contest

The APRU Global Health Program is delighted to announce the finalists in the 2017 APRU Global Health Virtual Case Competition and winners in the APRU Global Health Program Conference Student Poster Contest

We congratulate ALL TEAMS for their fantastic and inspiring works. 

The finalists of the virtual case competition, with this year's theme "Promoting Smoke-Free Campuses in the Pacific Rim", were selected by a panel of APRU Global Health Program members and other global expert judges. Here are the three finalists of the 2017 Global Health Virtual Case Competition:

- University of Sydney
- University of Indonesia
- Thammasat University

APRU Global Health Conference 2017

The 11th Global Health Conference, took place October 16-19, 2017, hosted by the University of the Philippines, in Manila.

This year’s theme was “Cancer & Environmental Exposure,” with a large proportion of the Pacific Rim’s cancer burden related to indoor and outdoor air pollution, and occupational exposures.

Dr. Curtis Harris, from the U.S. National Cancer Institute, gave a keynote on precision medicine strategy, environment and human cancer. Two pre-conference workshops were held, tackling the issues of substance abuse in the Philippines and migration in the Pacific Rim.

The 9th Asia Pacific Conference in Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights

Leave NO ONE Behind! Justice in Sexual and Reproductive Health
The 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. 

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