Journal of Community Health

, Volume 43, Issue 3, pp 467–476 | Cite as

Best Practices in Global Health Practicums: Recommendations from the Association of Pacific Rim Universities

  • Mellissa WithersEmail author
  • Mu Li
  • Giselle Manalo
  • Senice So
  • Heather Wipfli
  • Hoon Eng Khoo
  • Joseph Tsung-Shu Wu
  • Hsien-Ho Lin
Original Paper


Global health education programs play a critical role in developing a competent workforce and leaders poised and able to address current and future global health challenges. Due to overwhelming student demand for education in this emerging field, numerous academic institutions around the world now offer degrees or concentrations specifically related to global health. This growth has also led a number of relevant academic groups, including the Consortium of Global Health Universities and the Association of Public Health Programs and Schools, to outline global health competencies to help guide schools in curriculum development [1, 3, 4, 8, 33]. A common theme of these lists of competencies is the recognition that global health expertise goes beyond public health training; it requires additional skills relevant to global health and development to make contextual change and population impact, including appreciation for different political and health systems, cultural...



We would like to acknowledge the participation of the following people in the APRU Global Health Program workshops on global health practicums: Anthony Abustan, Cora Anonuevo, DJ Calla, I-Yun Cheng, Yawen Cheng, Chunhuei Chi, Ming-Yen Chien, Martha Sinya Chipeta, Jaewook Choi, Sugy Choi, John Paul Caesar R. delos Trinos, André Edelhoff, Khoo Hoon Eng, Han Fu, Yulia Gaynullina, Ella Ni Hadi, Victor Hoe Chee Wai, Jenny Hsieh, Masao Ichikawa, Taka Iwanaga, Sun Ha Jee, Yonho Jee, Chwan-Chuen King, Eunna Koh, Mei-Sheng Ku, Raman Kumar, Agustin Kusumayati, Hsin-yi Lee, Olivia Lin, Ti-Hua Lin, Hazreen Abd Majid, Harry Minas, Jeremiah Mock, Juhwan Oh, Elias Onyoh, Erlinda Palaganas, Nenita Panaligan, Don Prisno, Kristine Qureshi, Mahfuzul Rahman Bhuiyan, Josefina Santos, Terry L. Schmidt, Yun-Ju Shih, Tin Tin Su, Wachyu Suliastias, Putu Sutisna, Paula Tavrow, Teeranee Techasrivichien, Indang Trihandini, Yukiko Wagatsuma, Da-Chou Vincent Wu, Endah Wuryaningsih, Kai-Jie Yang, Tracy Zhu.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mellissa Withers
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mu Li
    • 2
  • Giselle Manalo
    • 2
  • Senice So
    • 2
  • Heather Wipfli
    • 1
  • Hoon Eng Khoo
    • 3
  • Joseph Tsung-Shu Wu
    • 4
  • Hsien-Ho Lin
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute for Global HealthUniversity of Southern California Keck School of MedicineLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Sydney School of Public HealthUniversity of SydneyCamperdownAustralia
  3. 3.School of Public HealthYale-National University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  4. 4.School of Public HealthNational Taiwan UniversityTaipeiTaiwan

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