Publications from the APRU Global Health Program or Our Collaborations

Wong, M.C.S., Huang, J., Wang, H.H.X., Yuan J., Xu W., Zheng Z., Xue H., Zhang L., Jiang J.Y., Huang J.L.W., Chen P., Jia Z., Palaganas E., Viwattanakulvanid P., Somrongthong R., Caicedo A., Medina-Arellano M., Murphy J., Paredes M.B.A., and Withers, M. Resilience level and its association with maladaptive coping behaviours in the COVID-19 pandemic: a global survey of the general populations. Global Health 19, 1 (2023).

Weimiao Wu, Junjie Huang, Yihui Yang, Kai Gu, Hung N Luu, Songsong Tan, Chen Yang, Jiongxing Fu, Pingping Bao, Tao Ying, Mellissa Withers, Dandan Mao, Sikun Chen, Yangming Gong, Martin C S Wong and Wanghong Xu. Adherence to colonoscopy in cascade screening of colorectal cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Gastroentology and Hepatology. December 2021. doi:10.1111/jgh.15762

Oh, J, Lee, HY, Long, KQ, Markuns, JF, Bullen, C, Artaza Barrios, OE, Hwang, S, Suh, YS, McCool, H, Kachur, P, Chan, CC, Kwon, . Kondo, N, Van Minh, H, Moon, JR, Rostila, M, Norheim, OF, You, M, Withers, M, Li, M, Lee, EJ, Benski, C, Park, SK, Nam, EW, Gottschalk, K, Kavanagh, MM, Huong, TTG, Lee, JK, Subramian, SV, Gostin, LO, McKee, M. How well does societal mobility help control the COVID-19 pandemic? Evidence from real-life evaluation. Scientific Reports,11:13717, 2021.

Murphy, JK, Khan, A, Sun, Q, Minas, H, Hatcher, S, Ng, CH, Withers, M, Greenshaw, A, Michalak, EE,  Chakraborty, PA, Sandanasamy, KS, Ibrahim, N, Ravindran, A, Chen, J, Nguyen, VC, Lam, RW. Needs, gaps and opportunities for standard and e-mental health care among at-risk populations in the Asia Pacific in the context of COVID-19: A rapid scoping review.  International Journal for Equity in Health, 20:161, 2021.

Withers, M, Nguyen, A, McCool, J. University Students’ Perspectives on Tobacco Control in the Asia-Pacific: A content analysis of a case competition. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education. epublished ahead of print, May 2020

Withers, M, Monafred, M, Fung, FM, Lee, VWY, Ramirez, CAL, Mendoza, MAF, Zhou, C, Vandegrift, E. Teaching in Virtual Environments: Global Educational Development to Respond to Challenges and Opportunities of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal, submitted March 2021.

Withers, M, Jahangir, T, Kubasova, K, Ran, M. University Students Tackle Stigma and Mental Health: A video content analysis of student-driven intervention proposals from a case competition. International Journal of Social Psychology, epublished ahead of print, 2021.

Ran, M, Hall, BJ, Su, TT, Prawira, B, Breth-Petersen, M. Stigma of mental illness and cultural factors in Pacific Rim region: A systematic review. BMC Psychiatry, 21(8): 1-16.

Withers, M., Hall, B., Loganathan, T., and Wang, C. Patterns, Determinants, and Community-based Interventions of Migrant and Refugee Health. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Withers, M., Dawson, A., Caicedo, A., Ho, CW., Guillemot, J., de Jesus Medina-Arellano, M., and de Castro, L.   Inequities, vulnerabilities and ethics in the time of COVID-19: diverse perspectives from the APRU Global Health Program.   J Glob Health Sci. 2020 Jan;2:e25.

Withers, M., Cousineau, M., Wipfli, H., Rampal, S., Naqiah Hairi, N. The Kuala Lumpur Declaration on Planetary Health. Malaysian Academy of Science, 13(5): 1-10, 2020.

Wipfli, H., Bhuiyan, M.,  Qin, X., Gainullina, Y., Palaganas, E., Jimba, M., Saito, J., Ernstrom, K., Raman, R., and Withers, M. (2020). Tobacco use and E-cigarette regulation: Perspectives of University Students in the Asia-PacificAddictive Behaviors, Volume 107, 2020, 106420, ISSN 0306-4603,

Withers, M., Wipfli, H., Schenker, MB, Herbosa, T, Tigno, JV. (2020). The Manila Declaration on Migration and Health by the Association of Pacific Rim UniversitiesGlobal Health, 16(1): 12.

Withers, M., Lin, H., Schmidt, T., Delos Trinos, J., and Kumar, S. Establishing Competencies for a Global Health Workforce: Recommendations from the Association of Pacific Rim Universities. Annals of Global Health. 2019; 85(1): 47, 1–11. DOI:

Simbulan, N., Estacio, L., Dioquino-Maligaso, C., Herbosa, T., and Withers, M. The Manila Declaration on the Drug Problem in the Philippines. Annals of Global Health. 2019; 85(1): 26, 1–4. DOI:

Wu, C., Woodward, A., Li, Y., Kan, H., Balasubramanian, R., Latif, M., Sahani, M., Cheng, T., Chio, C., Taneepanichskul, N., Kim, H., Chan, C., Yi, S., Withers, M., Samet, J. (2017). Regulation of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in the Pacific Rim: perspectives from the APRU Global Health ProgramAir Qual Atmos Health. 4 August 2017. doi: 10.1007/s11869-017-0492-x

Withers, M., Li, M., Manalo, G., So, S., Wipfli, H., Khoo, H., Wu, J., Lin, H. (2017). Best Practices in Global Health Practicums: Recommendations from the Association of Pacific Rim Universities. J Community Health. doi: 10.1007/s10900-017-0439-z

Withers, M., Press, D., Wipfli, H., Mccool, J., Chan, C., Jimba, M., Samet, J. (2016). Training the next generation of global health experts: Experiences and recommendations from Pacific Rim universities(link is external).Globalization and Health Global Health, 12(1). doi: 10.1186/s12992-016-0162-z

Samet, J., & Withers, M. (2016). The APRU Global Health Program: Past and Future. (link is external)Journal of Epidemiology, 26(4), 166-170. doi: 10.2188/jea.je20160049

Selected global health publications from our members

Danovitch GM, Chapman J, Capron AM, Levin A, Abbud-Filho M, Al Mousawi M, Bennett W, Budiani-Saberi D, Couser W, Dittmer I, Jha V, Lavee J, Martin D, Masri M, Naicker S, Takahara S, Tibell A, Shaheen F, Anantharaman V, Delmonico FL. Organ trafficking and transplant tourism: the role of global professional ethical standards-the 2008 Declaration of Istanbul.(link is external) Transplantation. 2013 Jun 15;95(11):1306-12. doi: 10.1097/TP.0b013e318295ee7d. is external)

Cowie N, Glover M, Scragg R, Bullen C, Nosa V, McCool J, Gentles D. (2013) Awareness and perceived effectiveness of smoking cessation treatments and services among New Zealand parents resident in highly deprived suburbs.(link is external) N Z Med J, 12;126(1378):48-59. is external)

McCool J, McKenzie J, Lyman A, Allen M. (2013) Supporting Pacific Island countries to strengthen their resistance to tobacco industry interference in tobacco control: a case study of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.(link is external)Int J Environ Res Public Health, 10(8):3424-34. doi: 10.3390/ijerph10083424. is external)

Greenwell JMcCool J, Kool J, Salusalu M. (2013) Typhoid fever: hurdles to adequate hand washing for disease prevention among the population of a peri-urban informal settlement in Fiji.(link is external)

Western Pac Surveill Response J, 10;4(1):41-5. doi: 10.5365/WPSAR.2012.3.4.006. is external)

Maubach N, Hoek J, Edwards R, Crane JMcCool J. (2013) Smoking in children’s films–covert tobacco advertising causing smoking uptake or much ado about nothing?(link is external) N Z Med J, 31;126(1375):106-10.

Glover M, Hadwen G, Chelimo C, Scragg R, Bullen C, Gentles D, Nosa V, McCool J. (2013) Parent versus child reporting of tobacco smoke exposure at home and in the car.(link is external) N Z Med J, 126(1375):37-47. is external)

Bai L, Cirendunzhu D, Pengcuociren D, Dawa D, Woodward A, Liu X, Baimaciwang D, Dazhen D, Sang S, Wan F, Zhou L, Xu J, Li X, Wu H, Yu B, Xiraoruodeng D, Liu Q. (2013) Rapid warming in Tibet, China: public perception, response and coping resources in urban Lhasa.(link is external) Environ Health, 27;12(1):71. is external)

Liu Q, Liu X, Cirendunzhu C, Woodward A, Pengcuociren P, Bai L, Baimaciwang B, Sang S, Dazhen D, Wan F, Zhou L, Guo Y, Wu H, Li G, Lu L, Wang J, Dawa D, Chu C, Xiraoruodeng X. (2013) Mosquitoes established in Lhasa city, Tibet, China.(link is external) Parasit Vectors, 6;6(1):224. is external)

Samet JM. (2013) Commentary: Secondhand smoke causes disease everywhere, including mental health care settings.(link is external) Int J Epidemiol, 42(3):894-5. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyt073. is external)

Jones MR, Apelberg BJ, Samet JM, Navas-Acien A. (2013) Smoking, menthol cigarettes, and peripheral artery disease in U.S. adults.(link is external) Nicotine Tob Res, 5(7):1183-9. doi: 10.1093/ntr/nts253. is external)

Apelberg BJ, Hepp LM, Avila-Tang E, Gundel L, Hammond SK, Hovell MF, Hyland A, Klepeis NE, Madsen CC, Navas-Acien A, Repace J, Samet JM, Breysse PN. (2013) Environmental monitoring of secondhand smoke exposure.(link is external) Tobacco Control, 22(3):147-55. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2011-050301. is external)

Peng RD, Samoli E, Pham L, Dominici F, Touloumi G, Ramsay T, Burnett RT, Krewski D, Le Tertre A, Cohen A, Atkinson RW, Anderson HR, Katsouyanni K, Samet JM. (2013) Acute effects of ambient ozone on mortality in Europe and North America: results from the APHENA study.(link is external) Air Qual Atmos Health, 1;6(2):445-453. is external)

Samet JM. (2013) Tobacco smoking: the leading cause of preventable disease worldwide.(link is external) Thorac Surg Clin, 23(2):103-12. doi: 10.1016/j.thorsurg.2013.01.009. is external)

Chang HY, Shin YJ, Batty GD, Son DK, Yun YD, Jee SH, Mok Y, Samet JM. (2013) Measuring depression in South Korea: validity and reliability of a brief questionnaire in the Korean Cancer Prevention Study.(link is external) J Affect Disord, 150(3):760-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2013.02.035. is external)

Park C, Guallar E, Linton JA, Lee DC, Jang Y, Son DK, Han EJ, Baek SJ, Yun YD, Jee SH, Samet JM. (2013) Fasting glucose level and the risk of incident atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases.(link is external) Diabetes Care, 36(7):1988-93. doi: 10.2337/dc12-1577. is external)

Avila-Tang E, Elf JL, Cummings KM, Fong GT, Hovell MF, Klein JD, McMillen R, Winickoff JP, Samet JM. (2013) Assessing secondhand smoke exposure with reported measures.(link is external) Tobacco Control, 22(3):156-63. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2011-050296. is external)

Avila-Tang E, Al-Delaimy WK, Ashley DL, Benowitz N, Bernert JT, Kim S, Samet JM, Hecht SS. (2013) Assessing secondhand smoke using biological markers.(link is external) Tobacco Control, 22(3):164-71. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2011-050298. is external)

Abdullah AS, Qiming F, Pun V, Stillman FA, Samet JM. (2013) A review of tobacco smoking and smoking cessation practices among physicians in China: 1987-2010.(link is external) Tobacco Control, 22(1):9-14. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2011-050135. Epub 2011 Dec 15. Review. is external)

Glass TA, Goodman SN, Hernán MA, Samet JM. (2013) Causal inference in public health.(link is external) Annu Rev Public Health, 34:61-75. doi: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-031811-124606. is external)

Samet JM. Air pollution and life expectancy: does cleaner air lengthen life?(link is external) (2013) Epidemiology, 24(1):32-4. doi: 10.1097/EDE.0b013e318277f0da.

Jones MR, Apelberg BJ, Tellez-Plaza M, Samet JM, Navas-Acien A.(2013) Menthol cigarettes, race/ethnicity, and biomarkers of tobacco use in U.S. adults: the 1999-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).(link is external) Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, 22(2):224-32. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-12-0912. is external)

Samet JM. (2013) Smoking Cessation: Benefits versus Risks of Using Pharmacotherapy to Quit.(link is external) Circulation, [Epub ahead of print] is external)

Gold DR, Samet JM. (2013) Air pollution, climate, and heart disease.(link is external) Circulation, 19;128(21):e411-4. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.113.003988. is external)

Wan X, Stillman F, Liu H, Spires M, Dai Z, Tamplin S, Hu D, Samet JM, Yang G. (2013) Development of policy performance indicators to assess the implementation of protection from exposure to secondhand smoke in China.(link is external)Tobacco Control, 22 Suppl 2:ii9-15. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2012-050890. is external)

Jee SH, Batty GD, Jang Y, Oh DJ, Oh BH, Lee SH, Park SW, Seung KB, Kimm H, Kim SY, Mok Y, Kim HS, Lee DC, Choi SH, Kim MJ, Lee GJ, Sung J, Cho B, Kim ES, Yu BY, Lee TY, Kim JS, Lee YJ, Oh JK, Kim SH, Park JK, Koh SB, Park SB, Lee SY, Yoo CI, Kim MC, Kim HK, Park JS, Yun YD, Baek SJ,Samet JM, Woodward M. (2013) The Korean Heart Study: rationale, objectives, protocol, and preliminary results for a new prospective cohort study of 430,920 men and women.(link is external) Eur J Prev Cardiol, [Epub ahead of print] is external)

Cheng WY, Larson JM, Samet JM. (2013) Monitoring intracellular oxidative events using dynamic spectral unmixing microscopy.(link is external) Methods, [Epub ahead of print] is external)

Trunnelle KJ, Bennett DH, Tancredi DJ, Gee SJ, Stoecklin-Marois MT, Hennessy-Burt TE, Hammock BD, Schenker MB. (2013) Pyrethroids in house dust from the homes of farm worker families in the MICASA study.(link is external) Environ Int, 61:57-63. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2013.09.007. is external)

Rodriquez EJ, Stoecklin-Marois MT, Hennessy-Burt TE, Tancredi DJ, Schenker MB. (2013) Acculturation-Related Predictors of Very Light Smoking Among Latinos in California and Nationwide.(link is external) J Immigr Minor Health, Epub ahead of print. is external)

Matias SL, Stoecklin-Marois MT, Tancredi DJ, Schenker MB. (2013) Adherence to dietary recommendations is associated with acculturation among Latino farm workers.(link is external) J Nutr, 143(9):1451-8. doi: 10.3945/jn.113.177667. is external)

Reynolds SJ, Nonnenmann MW, Basinas I, Davidson M, Elfman L, Gordon J, Kirychuck S, Reed S, Schaeffer JW, Schenker MB, Schlünssen V, Sigsgaard T. (2013) Systematic review of respiratory health among dairy workers.(link is external) J Agromedicine, 18(3):219-43. doi: 10.1080/1059924X.2013.797374. is external)

Schenker M, Gunderson P. (2013) Occupational health in the dairy industry needs to focus on immigrant workers, the new normal.(link is external) J Agromedicine, 18(3):184-6. doi: 10.1080/1059924X.2013.797375. is external)

Moran RE, Bennett DH, Garcia J, Schenker MB. (2013) Occupational exposure to particulate matter from three agricultural crops in California.(link is external) Int J Hyg Environ Health, Epub ahead of print. is external)

O’Connor K, Stoecklin-Marois M, Schenker MB. (2013) Examining Nervios Among Immigrant Male Farmworkers in the MICASA Study: Sociodemographics, Housing Conditions and Psychosocial Factors.(link is external) J Immigr Minor Health. Epub ahead of print is external)

Stoecklin-Marois M, Hennessy-Burt T, Mitchell D, Schenker M. (2013) Heat-related illness knowledge and practices among California hired farm workers in The MICASA Study.(link is external) Ind Health, 51(1):47-55. is external)

McCurdy SA, Xiao H, Hennessy-Burt TE, Stoecklin-Marois MT, Tancredi DJ, Bennett DH, Schenker MB. (2013) Agricultural injury in California Hispanic farm workers: MICASA follow-up survey.(link is external) J Agromedicine, 18(1):39-49. doi: 10.1080/1059924X.2012.743380. is external)

Xiao H, McCurdy SA, Stoecklin-Marois MT, Li CS, Schenker MB. (2013) Agricultural work and chronic musculoskeletal pain among Latino farm workers: the MICASA study.(link is external) Am J Ind Med, 56(2):216-25. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22118. is external)

Guo B, Page A, Wang H, Taylor R, McIntyre P. (2013) Systematic review of reporting rates of adverse events following immunization: An international comparison of post-marketing surveillance programs with reference to China. Vaccine, 31:603-617. is external)

Morrell S, Phillips B, Taylor R, Daniels J, Burgess K, Mayers N. Mortality in an Aboriginal Medical Service (Redfern) cohort. Population Health Metrics,  11:2-8. DOI: 10.1186/1478-7954-11-2.

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Page A, Lane A, Taylor R, Dobson A. (2013) Trends in socio-economic inequalities in mortality from ischaemic heart disease and stroke in Australia, 1979-2006. European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, 19(6):1281-9. is external)

Tsai FJ, Tseng E, Chan CC, Tamashiro H, Motamed S, Rougemont AC. (2013) Is the reporting timeliness gap for avian flu and H1N1 outbreaks in global health surveillance systems associated with country transparency?(link is external) Global Health, 9:14. doi: 10.1186/1744-8603-9-14. is external)

Tsai FJ(link is external)Motamed S(link is external)Rougemont A(link is external). (2013) The protective effect of taking care of grandchildren on elders’ mental health? Associations between changing patterns of intergenerational exchanges and the reduction of elders’ loneliness and depression between 1993 and 2007 in Taiwan. BMC Public Health, (link is external)13:567. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-567. is external)

Tsai FJ, Liu ST, Lee CM, Lee WT, Fan PC, Lin WS, Chiu YN, Gau SS. (2013) ADHD-related symptoms, emotional/behavioral problems, and physical conditions in Taiwanese children with epilepsy.(link is external) J Formos Med Assoc, 112(7):396-405. doi: 10.1016/j.jfma.2011.08.022. is external)

Chen HJ(link is external)Wang Y(link is external). (2013) Influence of school beverage environment on the association of beverage consumption with physical education participation among US adolescents.  Am J Public Health, (link is external)103(11):e63-70. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301555. is external)

Liu Y, Chen HJ, Liang L, Wang Y. (2013) Parent-child resemblance in weight status and its correlates in the United States.(link is external) PLoS One, 8(6):e65361. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0065361. is external)

Wipfli H, Press DJ, Kuhn V. (2013) Global health education: a pilot in trans-disciplinary, digital instruction.(link is external) Global Health Action, 2;6:1-7. doi: 10.3402/gha.v6i0.20747. is external)

Jones MR, Wipfli H, Shahrir S, Avila-Tang E, Samet JM, Breysse PN, Navas-Acien A; FAMRI Bar Study Investigators. (2013) Secondhand tobacco smoke: an occupational hazard for smoking and non-smoking bar and nightclub employees.(link is external)  Tobacco Control, 22(5):308-14. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2011-050203. is external)

Withers M, Dworkin S, Harrington E, Kwena Z, Onono M, Bukusi E, Cohen CR, Grossman D, Newmann SJ. (2013) Fertility intentions among HIV-infected, sero-concordant couples in Nyanza province, Kenya.(link is external) Culture, Health and Sexuality, 15(10):1175-90. doi: 10.1080/13691058.2013.811289. is external)

Tavrow PWithers M, Obbuyi A, Omollo V, Wu E. (2013) Rape myth attitudes in rural Kenya: toward the development of a culturally relevant attitude scale and “blame index”.(link is external) Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 28(10):2156-78. doi: 10.1177/0886260512471086. is external)

Withers M, Browner CH, Aghaloo T. (2013) Promoting volunteerism in global health: lessons from a medical mission in northern Mexico.(link is external) Journal of Community Health, 8(2):374-84. doi: 10.1007/s10900-012-9627-z. is external)

Woodward A(link is external), Hosking J(link is external)Ameratunga S(link is external). (2013) Pay attention [to the road] or pay the price. N Z Med J, 126(1374):7-9.

Zhang J, Zhu T, Kipen H, Wang G, Huang W, Rich D, Zhu P, Wang Y, Lu SE, Ohman-Strickland P, Diehl S, Hu M, Tong J, Gong J, Thomas D; HEI Health Review Committee. (2013) Cardiorespiratory biomarker responses in healthy young adults to drastic air quality changes surrounding the 2008 Beijing Olympics.(link is external) Res Rep Health Eff Inst, (174):5-174. is external)

He W, Zhang S, Song A, Yang M, Jiao J, Allison DB, Heymsfield SB, Zhu S. Greater abdominal fat accumulation is associated with higher metabolic risk in Chinese than in white people: an ethnicity study.(link is external) PLoS One. 2013;8(3):e58688. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0058688. Epub 2013 Mar 14. is external)

Ye S, Song A, Yang M, Ma X, Fu X, Zhu S. Duration of television viewing and bone mineral density in Chinese women.(link is external)J Bone Miner Metab. 2013 Sep 20.