UC Global Health Institute
  Welcome to the first edition of the UC Global Health Institute newsletter! In this inaugural issue we report on the progress being made by our three multi-campus, transdisciplinary Centers of Expertise (COE): Migration and Health; One Health; and Women’s Health & Empowerment. We also report on our education initiatives, including the Masters of Science in Global Health and various courses being offered by the COEs. We would also like to invite you to the first-ever UC-wide Global Health Day, which will take place on November 30 at UC Irvine. We are proud of the achievements made in the UCGHI’s first year and look forward to the many exciting global health programs and projects on the horizon across the UC system. — Haile T. Debas, MD and Thomas Coates, PhD, UCGHI Co-directors

Register Now for UC Global Health Day
November 30, UC Irvine

The UCGHI and UC Office of the President are co-sponsoring the first-ever UC Global Health Day. The conference, which will serve as a showcase for global health research being undertaken by graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty from all ten UC campuses, will take place on Tuesday, November 30th at UC Irvine. Abstracts are currently being accepted for papers and posters. Visit UCGHI - UC Global Health Day to register or for more information.

Global Health Profiles

Each UCGHI newsletter will highlight talented faculty, students and staff across the UC system who are making important contributions to global health.

Jonna Mazet, DVM, MPVM, PhD
Executive Director, One Health Institute, UC Davis
Faculty, UCGHI Center of Expertise on One Health

Dr. Mazet specializes in wildlife epidemiology, and as director of the Wildlife Health Center, focuses on balancing the needs of people, wildlife and the environment. Dr. Mazet is the Principal Investigator and Director on a new global early warning system, named PREDICT, that is being developed with funding of $75 million over five years by the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Emerging Pandemic Threats Program. PREDICT is a multi-institutional, transdisciplinary project in 24 developing countries. She leads a network of global NGOs and governmental agencies to build capacity within the PREDICT countries to develop surveillance systems and complete the necessary research to halt the next pandemic, like influenza, SARS, Ebola and HIV that have preceded the program.
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Arnav Mehta
MD/PhD candidate
UCLA and California Institute of Technology

Arnav’s involvement with global health started at Duke where he served as President of the Duke Red Cross and President of the Global Health Forum, a virtual community for students to collaborate. His interest in global health solidified when he started a microlending project in New Delhi, India for transgender and IV drug users. Through this experience, he learned how to overcome the barriers to successfully working with marginalized communities.
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News from the UCGHI Centers of Expertise

The UCGHI Centers of Expertise (COEs) are harnessing UC faculty expertise to address the increasingly complex global health problems and needs of the world’s most vulnerable populations. In the UCGHI’s first year, the COEs have established governance structures involving hundreds of faculty across the 10-campus UC system, designed signature research projects and implemented new global health courses.

Read more about the COEs’ activities:

Global Health Education Opportunities at UC
Interest in global health education programs is growing rapidly at UC and across the country. Currently, UC offers six academic programs in global health and a diverse array of individual courses across the 10 UC campuses.

The UCGHI is designing education programs to be multi-disciplinary, multi-campus, and focused on providing students with real-world experiences and skills so they can become leaders in global health. The Masters of Science in Global Health, the first in the nation, is located at UCSF and starting this fall will include curricular content, instruction and fieldwork placements from the three multi-campus Centers of Expertise (COEs). The UCGHI is also exploring the feasibility of short courses and certificate programs in global health and the COEs are developing several course offerings, including an online series for working professionals in Migration & Health and a multi-campus course in One Health.


UCSF Masters in Global Health student Sonya Baik worked with a team of epidemiologists and geneticists from NIH who study the role of malaria resistance in a common African childhood cancer, Burkitts lymophoma. Her fieldwork strengthened the cancer registries in two Ugandan rural hospitals and evaluated malaria frequency in nearby clinics.


UCGHI Co-director Tom Coates and UCLA receive $12 million grant to improve HIV care in Malawi

Strathdee Receives $3.7 Million Grant

New Multi-campus One Health Course Launched

Protecting Human Rights and Promoting Social Justice: Highlights from Global Lessons Learned about HIV/AIDS Leadership, Equity, Accountability, and Partnerships (LEAP)
UCLA Program in Global Health; July 2010

  Upcoming Events

Gates Grand Challenges Workshop
(available by videoconference to all 10 UC campuses)
September 16, UCSF

CUGH 2010 Annual Meeting
September 19-21, Seattle

Bay Area Global Health Summit: Innovation and Action for the Next Decade
October 13, UCSF

UC Global Health Day
November 30, UC Irvine

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