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The UC Global Health Institute was launched on November 9, 2009. The innovative idea of a system-wide global health initiative generated enormous enthusiasm in the UC system and beyond. In addition to the several hundred faculty, administrators, and students from across the UC system who participated in the planning process, other academic, corporate, and philanthropic entities became significantly involved.


  • An Exploratory Committee was established to consider the possibility of forming a system-wide global health initiative.
  • The Committee recommended that organizing global health activities into a system-wide school provided the best chance for attracting outside resources and advancing the UC contribution to global health.


  • Faculty committees were convened to develop the framework for the proposed UC School of Global Health.
  • An External Scientific Advisory Board was appointed to provide high level advice and expertise.
  • In September, the UC School of Global Health was presented to the UC Regents and was met with enthusiastic support.
  • The All Campuses Planning Committee defined multi-campus Centers of Expertise (COEs) as the functional unit of the School.
  • Letters of Intent were received from 20 faculty groups interested in establishing COEs.
  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provided a multi-million-dollar grant to fund the next phase of planning.


  • Twelve revised COE Letters of Intent were submitted. The External Scientific Advisory Board recommended that three COEs form the foundation of the UCGHI: Migration and Health, One Health, and Women’s Health and Empowerment.
  • Given the economic downturn and tremendous difficulty in opening a new school at a time when the UC campuses faced unprecedented funding cuts due to the broader economic collapse, UC leadership decided to establish the UC Global Health Institute as the first phase of the proposed system-wide school.
  • The UCGHI published an economic analysis of the impact of global health on the California economy.


  • The UCGHI Education Committee was established to plan education initiatives and develop a proposal for a multi-campus Masters of Science program in Global Health that would integrate COE curricula.
  • The first edition of the UCGHI newsletter was published to report on COE activities and education opportunities.
  • In November, the UCGHI sponsored the inaugural UC Global Health Day. The conference at UC Irvine brought together over 200 UC faculty, students, and staff.


  • The UCGHI received a generous gift from an anonymous donor to fund current programs and develop future initiatives.
  • The Women’s Health and Empowerment COE inaugurated its Summer Institute and the Migration and Health COE co-sponsored the sixth annual Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health.
  • The One Health COE awarded their first Student Summer Research Fellowships to eight students from four UC campuses.


  • The UCGHI granted awards to 13 UC faculty and postdocs at eight of the 10 UC campuses to support their global health research, educational and partnership activities related to the three COEs.
  • The second UC Global Health Day took place in February at UC Berkeley and was attended by 370 faculty, students, staff, and trainees from across the UC system.
  • The UCGHI GloCal Health Fellowship program was established as a career development fellowship for investigators interested in studying diseases and conditions in developing countries. The fellowship is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fogarty International Center (FIC) and a consortium of four UC campuses and 25 affiliated international sites across 14 countries.
  • The UCGHI Student and Junior Faculty Fellowship program was established to support well-defined, time-limited, transdisciplinary global health projects that address the annual objectives of the three COEs.
  • The UCGHI Education Committee crafted a proposal for a self-supporting joint Master of Science in Global Health (MS GH) degree program that will be offered at three UC campuses and feature specialized tracks in One Health and Migration and Health. The proposal was submitted for initial review by the campus Deans.
  • The UCGHI Centers of Expertise developed educational and research partnerships in nine countries, and continue to work to expand their international collaborations.