New Perspectives In Global Health: Integrating Ecological, Social, and Biological Sciences

Honolulu, Hawai'i

June 20 - July 2, 2010


Public health science and practice face unprecedented new challenges in the 21st Century. The demographic, cultural, ecological, and technological changes currently taking place are of a scale and nature that is historically unique. While economic growth, technological development, and globalization have brought unparalleled health and prosperity to some, these benefits have not been evenly distributed, and have come with significant social and ecological costs. More people than ever are living under conditions of extreme poverty, hardship, and disease. Indeed, all of humanity faces an uncertain future due to climate change, emerging infectious diseases, and other public health threats associated with over-population, pollution, ecosystem degradation, war, conflict, and other transnational issues.

A new global health science is needed to address these challenges by combining expertise, knowledge, and resources beyond that of any single institution or country. Traditional disciplinary barriers must be broken down, and integrative approaches to research and practice must also be developed that combine the best methods available.

The Asia-Pacific Global Health Summer Institute is designed to provide an exciting new forum for instruction focused on critical global health issues of the Asia-Pacific Region. The Summer Instistute is operated by the University of Hawai'i at Manoa Office of Public Health Studies, in cooperation with the UHM Outreach College and the University of California at Berkeley School of Public Health. This year's inaugural 2010 Summer Institute will focus on four pressing global health challenges: indigenous health disparities, linkages between healthy ecosystems and public health, the socio-ecology of emerging infectious diseases, and public health leadership. The Summer Institute is also affiliated with the East-West Center.

Hawai'i: Window To Asia & The Pacific

The 2010 Asia-Pacific Global Health Summer Institute will be held at the University of Hawai'i Manoa campus, on the Island of O'ahu in Manoa Valley, just minutes from central Honolulu and Waikiki beaches, hotels, and may other famous Hawaiian tourist spots. An isolated archipelago situated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, halfway between North America and Asia, Hawai'i is renown for its rich cultural and natural history (including many unique terrestrial and marine species unknown elsewhere). In addition, Hawai'i represents a microcosm of the Asia-Pacific Region, with its mix of Polynesian, Asian, and Western cultures, and its fragile ecosystems that are increasingly threatened by global changes. A short 5-hour flight from the west coast of North America, Hawai'i has much to offer our Summer Institute participants.

The 2010 Summer Institute will encourage participants to learn more about the people and ecosystems of the Pacific Islands. In addition, instruction will focus on how new and integrative approaches, which combine ecological, biological, and sociological sciences, can be used to address the Asia-Pacific Region's global health challenges.

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What's New

Saturday June 26 -- Sightseeing trip to the Waikiki Aquarium and Waikiki Beaches; Meet at University Avenue/Metcalf bus stop at 9am. Pics from the trip available here.

Students Of Indigenous Health and Ecology & Health -- Please read for Monday: Peet Ch#2 and Peet Ch#5. Please also visit your course website (Indigenous Health and Ecology & Health) for further information and additional readings.

An article on the Summer Institute was featured in the Honolulu Star Advertiser on 13 June 2010.

You're invited to the opening panel discussion and reception. Directions are here.

Registrations are still being accepted!

Join the Global Health Summer Institute ListServ, by sending an email to, containing the content 'subscribe uhm-globhlth-summerinstitute'.

Very affordable dormitory housing at daily rates is now available, via UH Manoa Summer Session Housing.

January 29, 2010: Updated FAQ

January 25, 2010: New Summer Institute Brochure now available.

January 25, 2010: Registration information now available; Registration is NOW OPEN!

November 30, 2009: First Summer Institute Brochure available.

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