The scale of change in global health in the last twenty years is unprecedented in human history. Improvements in global population health reflect increased access to education and healthcare, stable food, water, and energy supplies, and economic development. Non-communicable diseases (e.g., cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes) now contribute a greater burden of premature death and disability across the world, and presents a challenge for all nations now and in the future. These complex changes are occurring at a time the population’s age distribution is dramatically changing across the globe, as a consequence of lower birth rates and increasing life expectancy. The health of this growing and aging population is influenced by a complex set of socioeconomic, cultural, and environmental factors. As we move forward in the 21st century, we will require new, multi-disciplinary approaches to consolidate and increase the gains in health achieved in the last several decades. Transnational research and educational initiatives promise effective responses to the new realities of global health. Solutions will not be simple or one-dimensional and future decision-makers will need better and affordable, tools, programs, and policies. Innovations must be found in the global context of climate change, energy sustainability, and rapidly developing information technology. Universities that combine the efforts of many disciplines will be best placed to respond with solutions and equip future leaders to tackle these issues.
Multi-university workshops will be planned to further our collaborations in this area.
The Symposium will also showcase 3 Minute Thesis® presentations from graduate students working on a range of public health topics at partner universities.