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UC Global Health Day 2018 – Event Recap

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018, UC San Diego hosted what was the largest UC Global Health Day to date, with over 500 participants from all UC’s!

The day-long conference featured keynote speaker Vikram Patel, the Pershing Square Professor of Global Health at Harvard University,  a plenary panel on the “UCGHI Advocacy Initiative: Catalyzing Student Advocacy into Action”, and an afternoon panel on “Immigrant and Refugee Health: From Research to Policy and Practice”.

Eighteen breakout sessions highlighted important global health topics such as gender equity and climate change. A Career and Field Experience Expo was held to introduce opportunities for students to pursue careers, post-grad education, and field experience in global health. In addition, a Research poster session comprised of 120 participants, including UC San Diego Global Health Program seniors, was held to showcase research being done in the field. Finally, the day ended with a stunning dance performance by the student group, Movement Exchange.

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Faculty Spotlight – Professor Dredge Kang


Professor Dredge Byung’chu Kang‘s research focuses on beauty and love as they intersect with race, class, gender, sexuality, globalization, and structural violence in body modification and interracial relationships. Dr. Kang teaches courses on love, beauty, race, gender variance, sex work, sexual health, global health, inter-Asian / transnational Southeast Asian studies, and the Korean wave. This summer, he will leading a Global Seminar course in Thailand that focuses on sex, gender and health within the context of this country.

Dr. Kang is currently teaching Global Health courses such as ANSC/GLBH 148. Global Health and Cultural Diversity and ANSC/GLBH 146. A Global Health Perspective on HIV.

We had the opportunity to sit down and discuss his approaches to global health regarding HIV/AIDS, sex, gender and structural determinants in global health.

Interviewed by: Anh Vo

“What I really want students to get is global health is not just about doing medicine or doing public health, but it’s about changing conditions of people’s lives more broadly.”

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Winter 2018 Quarterly Conversations in Global Health Recap – The Opioid Epidemic


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On February 7th, 2018, this winter quarter saw yet another successful Quarterly Conversations in Global Health (QCGH), and in fact had the largest turn-out of any of our past 3 years of Quarterly Conversations events! Held by the UC San Diego (UCSD) Global Health Program and Students for Global Health in conjunction with the Global Forum (International House), this quarter’s event made space for discussions regarding the prevalent Opioid Epidemic and its tremendous effects on community health.

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Clinton Global Initiative University 2017 – Reflections from Melissa Vajanaphanich

One of our very own Global Health students, Melissa Vajanaphanich, recently had the opportunity to attend the 2017 Clinton Global Initiative University.

From this experience, Melissa is able to showcase her goals, ideas and memories from this great opportunity.

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Field Experience Spotlight: Claudia Melkonian and her time in Yerevan, Armenia with Medics in Armenia

Claudia Melkonian (’18), a UC San Diego Biology major and Global Health minor, completed her Global Health Field Experience with Medics in Armenia (MIA) this past summer.  She share her unique experience working on a medical mission in Armenia.

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Fall 2017 Quarterly Conversations Recap – Maternal & Child Health

On November 8th, 2017, the UC San Diego Global Health Program, Students for Global Health, the UC San Diego Global Health Institute and the Global Forum at International House proudly presented another strong Quarterly Conversations in Global Health. This time, the subject of Child and Maternal Health was spotlighted in a global perspective.

Quarterly Conversations is a series of talks held to provide a forum for the Global Health community to come together to discuss relevant issues in the field from an interdisciplinary perspective and increase community interaction at UC San Diego.

We welcomed and would like to give our special appreciation to:

for supporting, sponsoring, and making this event a memorable one. We also would like to thank every student who attended and participated in our critical conversation this quarter.

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Summer Experiential Practicum Opportunity in Costa Rica with Interamerican Center for Global Health (CISG)

Are you looking for a summer global health field experience?

The Interamerican Center for Global Health in Costa Rica (CISG) offers specialized  practicum opportunities for students interested in global health. Students will be placed in a practicum site that aligns with their personal interests. Students may choose from the following practicum sites

*Intermediate Spanish Speaking Level Required

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Global Health Faculty Spotlight: Professor Timothy Mackey

“…If you really want a job in global health policy, it’s really about getting actual global health experience through practicums, advanced trainings, or doing work on the ground. “

Professor Timothy Mackey, Ph.D is the instructor of the new Fall 2017 course offered by the UC San Diego (UCSD) Global Health Program, GLBH 160. Global Health Policy.  In this interview he shares his insights and background to enlighten us on this booming area in the field, which has been an area of increased interest by the student population at UCSD.

Interviewed by Anh Vo and Julius Solbes-Moran

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Meet your new Global Health Student Representatives for 2017-2018!

The Undergraduate Student Advisory Committee aka “Global Health Reps” are charged to advise the Global Health Program on issues related to undergraduate education, including but not limited to courses, curriculum, instruction, student involvement opportunities, research opportunities and student programs.

This school year, the Global Health Program is excited to welcome 2 new representatives to our Student Advisory Committee that will bring in new ideas, hard work and energy as they provide themselves as resources and connections to support our global health student population at UC San Diego! Feel free to reach out to them with questions about the program.

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