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.

Roundtable Series: A Dialogue with Dr. Mellissa Withers

The University of Hong Kong School of Public Health is going to host the Roundtable Series with Movers and Shakers in Global Health: A Dialogue with Dr. Mellissa Withers on 8 October 2018. 
Details of the roundtable are as follows:

Winners of 2018 Global Health Student Poster Contest

The winners of the APRU Global Health Program Conference Student Poster Contest 2018 emerged from 36 excellent submissions from students from 10 economies. They were judged by APRU Global Health Advisory Group members.

The winners are:

Finalists Announced for Global Health Program Virtual Case Competition 2018

APRU Global Health Advisory Committee announced the finalist teams of the third annual Virtual Global Health Case Competition 2018 on 12 July 2018. All four are invited to participate in APRU Global Health Conference held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on October 28-30th, 2018, where their videos will be presented and scored live. The winning team will receive US $500 award.

The finalist teams, in no particular order, are:

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 for the conference. 
Please note: there will be no on-site registration available. We encourage you to register early.

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

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