The Global Health Research, Education and Translation (GHREAT) Program at UC Irvine was established by the Program in Public Health following the successful NIH Fogarty International Center for Advanced Studies in the Health Sciences for a Global Health Framework Program (5 R25 TW008125-02). UC Irvine GHREAT is committed to promoting global health awareness and developing a comprehensive global health research, education, and training program. Since the establishment of GHREAT, demand from undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members to conduct global health research at UC Irvine and in foreign countries have grown rapidly. Affiliated faculty and students have received support from major organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, UC Global Health Institute, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UC Irvine, Merck pharmaceuticals, and USAID. Recent work includes creation of a compendium of videos as a tool to illustrate the effect of our global health research activities on the human beings afflicted with disease and infirmity in developing countries including Peru, Thailand, China, and Myanmar.
GHREAT activities include the global health journal club, the global health seminar series on UC Irvine’s OpenCourseware (http://ocw.uci.edu/lectures), the global health certificate program, the global health peer mentor program, and collaborations with the UC Global Health Institute, all which are listed on the GHREAT website (http://ghreat.uci.edu). Our quarterly newsletter highlights faculty and student-led global health projects and includes articles in which students analyze global health issues of interest. Participation in UC Global Health Day has allowed the GHREAT faculty and student team to share the achievements of the Program with other members of the UC community and to establish connections for future collaborative efforts. More than 30 faculty members from various schools, departments and academic disciplines at UC Irvine participate in GHREAT programs.