The last several years have seen major transformations in global public health, requiring major expansion and reconstruction of the international public health work force. Many emerging health problems require timely and sustained research efforts and require application of the best scientific knowledge and focused training and continuing education for the global public health work force.
The UCLA Global Health Training Program was established in 2005 as a joint NIH-UCLA initiative aimed at expanding capacity for global health research, education and service in order to reduce health disparities worldwide. The approach is multidisciplinary integrating social, behavioral, cultural, epidemiologic, biologic, economic and political aspects of health.
In 2008, The UCLA Global Health Training Program became recognized as part of the larger UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health.
The UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health is led by Dr. Gail Harrison. Dr. Steve Wallace serves as the Associate Director for Immigrant Health, and Dr. Haroutune Armenian serves as the Associate Director for Global Health. The Center includes faculty from all of the departments in the School of Public Health as well as the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing and the California Center for Population Research, all of whom have research or teaching interests in global health.
While students have an opportunity to earn a certificate in global health, this is not a degree granting program.