Prestigious Framework grants awarded to US, Mexican, Chinese institutions

September - October, 2008  |  Volume 7, Issue 5

To help meet the rising interest in global health on college campuses, Fogarty has awarded $4.6 million over three years to expand its network of global health education programs to include 12 additional campuses in the United States, China and Mexico.

Local students with the headmaster of a school in South Africa examining a water purification system he set up. Photo credit: J. Boissevain
Photo: J. Boissevain

University of Virginia undergraduate engineering
students Eric Harshfield and Ana Jemec with
the headmaster of a school in South Africa,
examining the water purification system he set up.

The prestigious Framework Programs for Global Health raise awareness of global health within the academic community and support development of new curricula and degree programs that cut across departments and schools to create a pipeline for the next generation of global health researchers.

Each site will receive about $400,000 over three years through the flexible program that encourages each institution to develop a structure and activities that best suit its existing strengths and research capabilities.

The new grantees will join the existing network of 19 sites that have received Framework grants since the program's inception in 2005.

Two foreign projects are receiving Framework awards.

With its grant, Mexico's National Institute of Public Health--together with eight academic partners in North and South America--will form a training consortium for the region focused on topics of critical importance such as infectious diseases, tobacco and nutrition.

Since China faces significant reproductive health issues, Fudan University in Shanghai will create a teaching network to address the country's persistently high rates of maternal and child mortality, reproductive tract infections and sexually transmitted diseases.

At Brown, students will be offered a set of foundation courses, intensive faculty mentoring and a foreign site experience.

Oregon Health and Science University will build on its strengths in environmental science, cancer and neuroscience, while the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston plans to leverage its expertise in telemedicine.

Harvard University will join with partners in India, Tanzania and Brazil to address various aspects of nutrition and its impact on health--both under-nutrition and the emergence of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in developing countries.

Through its award, Northwestern University will offer its students public health study abroad programs, in collaboration with partner institutions in Mexico, China, South Africa, Uganda and France.

Tulane University will expand its existing relationships with sites in Peru, Mexico, Argentina, Thailand, China and Mali.

Duke University is planning to establish an interdisciplinary master's degree program in global health that will promote the sharing of foreign field sites among the network's members, leveraging existing relationships and fostering new research collaborations abroad.

The University of Pittsburgh will integrate certificate programs from four participating schools--public health, medicine, public and international affairs and law--to prepare the next generation of scientists, physicians, policy makers and lawyers to tackle global health issues.

Ohio State University's program will include global health courses for college-preparatory students, a minor in global health for undergraduates and an interdisciplinary specialization for graduate students.

The University of California, San Francisco will partner with colleagues at UC Berkeley to transform global health offerings in the Bay Area.

In addition to Fogarty funding, the new awards are being supported by NIH partners including the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, the National Cancer Institute, and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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