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.

Post-Conference Report from Global Health Conference 2018

The Department of Social & Preventive Medicine from University of Malaya's Faculty of Medicine was delighted to have co-organized the 12th APRU Global Health Conference on October 28-30 with the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Global Health Program. Themed “Planetary Health the Next Frontier,” the annual conference was held at the Research Management and Innovation Centre, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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 teams were invited to participate in APRU Global Health Conference held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on October 28-30th, 2018, where their videos were presented and scored live.

The finalists are:

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:

APEC Health Meetings in PNG enriched by APRU insights

Hong Kong, September 13, 2018 — APRU provided valuable recommendations to shape APEC’s health-related agenda at the third Senior Official Meetings (SOM3) held in mid-August in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

At the APEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Workshop, Mellissa Withers, Director of the APRU Global Health Program and Associate Professor at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, presented on the assessment of workplace wellness programs implemented by universities in the Asia-Pacific region with a specific focus on gender.

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:

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

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