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2020 APRU Global Health Program Conference

The Global Health Conference 2020 was held virtually from October 19 to 21, 2020

The conference provided the opportunity for speakers to present their research on key themes including global health security, COVID-19, the lifecourse perspective, migration, women’s health, and aging. Featured speakers include Margaret Chan, Emeritus Director-General of WHO, Minghui Ren, Assistant Director-General, WHO, and Alejandro Gaviria, President of Universidad de los Andes and Former Minister of Health and Social Protection, Colombia.

We had 2,470 participants over the three days plus approx. 1,000 people in China joining via livestream. This included:

  • Participants from 53 economies
  • 39 of 56 APRU members engaged, including most of the new members
  • 315 external universities/orgs
  • 33 Speakers and moderators

The conference program can be found at: APRU Global Health Conference 2020 – APRU

The recordings are available at:

Info on our student poster contest is here:


APRU Global Health Program Report 2020-2021

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Global Health Case Competition winners named

A total of 45 teams from 22 universities in 12 economies (Australia, China, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and the US) registered for the competition. Teams were asked to create innovative proposals to address elderly care. The winners were selected through a voting process that included input from all …

Global Health Conference 2020 took off virtually

The APRU Global Health Conference 2020 panned out amidst the pandemic and went fully online with more than 2,000 participants who joined via livestreaming. Renowned experts were invited to tackle key topics such as global health security, life course perspective, migration, women’s health, aging and COVID-19. The conference program can be found at: APRU Global Health …

Distance Education Courses

The innovative distance education courses for graduate students were developed by Professors Mellissa Withers, APRU Global Health Program Director, and Shubha Kumar, Director of the USC Online MPH Program. First offered in 2015, the courses extend global health theory to real-world practice from an international, inter-disciplinary perspective.

To date, hundreds of students of public health, biomedical engineering, law, medicine, philosophy, anthropology and several other disciplines from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan, the Philippine, and the U.S. have participated. 

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