The Pacific Rim Global Health Framework consortium brings together institutions in the U.S., India, China, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Thailand to promote the study of global health and to collaborate on the development of state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary, scientific training that will lead to the reduction of chronic, non-communicable diseases. Emphasis in the PRGHF is on the prevention of tobacco use, alcohol abuse, sedentary behavior, and obesity--all of which have been impacted by lifestyle changes in response to cultural and societal transitions fueled by economic growth, technological advances, and western influences. Meeting the challenge of this global phenomenon necessitates the development and implementation of innovative training programs that address the underlying behavioral, physiological, and environmental mechanisms responsible for the spread of these diseases.
In partnership with the School of Community and Global Health at Claremont Graduate University, the Pacific Rim Global Health Framework currently offers multidisciplinary training for master and doctoral students as well as postdoctoral fellows. Students at all levels of training and from all nations are afforded numerous opportunities for involvement in ongoing research.
This project will utilize the latest information technology to develop a virtual global health classroom that will serve as the base for both synchronous and asynchronous distance learning activities. In addition, this project will expand the development of global health training and certificate programs for undergraduate and graduate students and professionals.
In partnership with the School of Community and Global Health at Claremont Graduate University, the Pacific Rim Global Health Framework produces multimedia case studies, educational videos, and recordings of scientific presentations on key public health issues.