The official listing of the 2010 Asia-Pacific Global Health Summer Institute's courses available for registration is online here.
Date: Sunday, June 20, 2010; Time: 5 PM to 8 PM
Place: Biomedical Sciences Building, Room D-207, University of Hawaii at Manoa (parking is free on Sunday at UHM--you can park in zone 5)
The purpose of the event is to provide a brief introductory overview of the SI courses and the theme "integrating ecological, social, and biological perspectives" for Summer Institute participants, as well as a forum for discussion among OPHS students, faculty, and other interested members of the OPHS community.
Welcoming comments by Professor Jay Maddock OPHS Chair-JABSOM
Introductory overview by Professor Bruce Wilcox, Global Health Program
Panel Discussion: "What is Global Health?--Issues, Challenges and Priorities"
Closing Remarks, comments and Q&A from the audience
This event is free and open to all interested persons.
This course will explore the factors that influence the health status of indigenous populations, including colonization, disconnection from the land, and loss of language and culture. In particular, the course will consider specific health disparities and diseases and their determinants as components of global health. Thus, the course examines the global and regional drivers (e.g., globalization and regional), as well as the local factors, resulting in displacement, disempowerment, cultural loss, and health outcomes. The course will focus on Native Hawaiian health as a case study, while including case examples from elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific Region. Participants will be encouraged and expected to consider the relevance of these issues to other indigenous populations within Asia, the Pacific Islands, and beyond.
(1 credit; Monday June 21 - Friday June 25, 1pm-4pm; Biomedical Sciences Building, Room D-207)
Instructor: Dr. Bruce Wilcox
Traditional ecological sciences, combined with resilience theory and the relatively new science of social-ecological systems, have important and practical implications for human health and well-being. Ecological models of health, the concept of healthy ecosystems, and the role of ecosystem functioning in human health have expanded the meaning and practice of environmental health. This course on transdisciplinary "eco-health" will cover both theory and practical applications, including the "ecosystem approach to health." Case examples will include the links between human health and land use and climate change in Asia and the Pacific.
Developing health leadership is critical to solving interdisciplinary health issues. One important skill is grant writing, which provides essential funding with which to study and intervene. Asian and Pacific concerns have specific challenges in grant making as well as dedicated opportunities. This grant writing class will provide basic skills in the elements of grant writing, where to look for grants, how to compile a strong and competitive proposal, and how to identify potential funding resources at the local and national level for Asia-Pacific populations.
Few public health issues exemplify the challenges of global health as well as do emerging infectious diseases (EIDs). The shift in recent decades to an upward trend in the appearance of new diseases (e.g., HIV/AIDS, SARS, Avian Influenza), the resurgence of old diseases (e.g., Dengue Fever and Malaria), and antimicrobial resistance (e.g., TB and Malaria) has paralleled globalization. This course will provide an overview of EIDs as a transdisciplinary problem, highlighting specific zoonotic and vector-borne diseases in the Asia-Pacific Region (considered a global EID hotspot). Students will gain knowledge of the new integrative research and intervention approaches that combine theory and methods from evolutionary ecology, molecular evolution, molecular epidemiology, and social ecology.