The 16th APRU Global Health Conference 2023

The 16th APRU Global Health Conference 2023 will be held in Mexico on October 25 – 27.

The Conference is organized by the School of Medicine and Health Sciences of Tecnológico de Monterrey in collaboration with the APRU Global Health Program. The theme of this year’s conference is “Equity in Health“.

It is the first time that the Global Health annual conference will take place in Latin America. All sessions will be physically presented.

Dates: October 25 – 27, 2023
Location: Mexico City, Mexico

Visit the conference’s website for more information at

Call For Abstracts & Registration

According to the WHO (2023), health equity is achieved when everyone can attain their full potential for health and well-being. Social determinants of health are the circumstances in which people are born, grow up, live, work and age, and the systems put in place to deal with illness. These circumstances are in turn shaped by a wider set of forces: economics, social policies, and politics.

In contrast, health inequities are avoidable inequalities in health between groups of people within countries and between countries (WHO, 2023). These inequities are preventable differences in the burden of disease, injury, violence, or opportunities to achieve optimal health experienced by populations disadvantaged by their social or economic status, geographic location, and environment (CDC, 2023).

The APRU Global Health Conference 2023, aims to facilitate inter-sectoral exchanges of world-class expertise and dissemination of cutting-edge research on equity in health. Key themes include the analysis of the intersection of equity in health systems and access to surgical services, the consequences of health disparities related to migration, and the effects of inequality on the health of indigenous populations. We convene experts from around the world with the ultimate goal of devising possible actions to achieve equity in health. 

We are looking for abstracts address the following four topics

  • Health systems
  • Migration
  • Global surgery 
  • Indigenous health

Submit your abstract here by July 15, 2023.  
Register as an attendee here by October 1, 2023.
There will be no conference registration fee for the APRU Global Health Conference 2023.
The selected abstracts for presentation at the Conference has been announced here.
The Call for Abstracts and Registration have been closed.

Student Activities

There are annual Global Health Student Poster Contest and Virtual Case Competition in conjunction with the conference.

The 9th Annual APRU Global Health Student Poster Contest 2023

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit their works to enter the APRU Global Health Student Poster competition as part of the APRU GH Conference 2023.Applicant must be current undergraduate or graduate students at the time of submission. Medical students also are eligible to apply. Post-doctoral students are not eligible.


  • The poster must be related to global health and unpublished at the time of submission.
  • Collaborative poster presentations are acceptable; however, the first author must be a student.
  • Please indicate if the poster is being submitted by more than one student.
  • Only one submission per student (as first author) is allowed.
  • Only accept posters written in English, in a PDF format, and the poster size is 16:9

Download a flyer here

Register to submit your poster here by July 15, 2023


This year we had submissions from students from China, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Mexico, the Philippines, and the US. The finalists were announced on August 15 as below:

Undergraduate Category (in no particular order)
Suet Man Li (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Jessica Lopez Espinosa (Tecnológico de Monterrey)
Khen Jee Faburada (Manila Central University)

Graduate Category (in no particular order)
Brooke Edwards (University of Southern California)
Junyi Shi (Peking University)
Shaolong Ren (Fudan University)

All posters will be displayed at the APRU Global Health Conference 2023. The winners in both undergraduate and graduate categories will be announced at that time. Each first place winner will receive a US$500 prize.

The 8th Annual APRU Global Health Student Virtual Case Competition 2023

Case competitions are increasingly 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 of 3-6 students will receive a challenge relating to a pressing global health problem.

Challenge of the Year is “Bridging Barriers to Care: Reaching Urban Migrant Communities”

Three videos will be chosen by an international panel of judges for the final round, which will be held as part of this annual Global Health Conference.

Find out more information and the results on the webpage of the Virtual Case Competition


For inquiries, please contact Dr. Andrea Reyes at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Tecnológico de Monterrey, via  [email protected].