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.

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

2017 APRU Global Health Conference

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. 

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.

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

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