Global health focuses on health issues that concern many countries, ranging from domestic health disparities to cross-border issues. Global health embraces the full breadth of important health threats, from infectious diseases and maternal and child health, through to non-communicable diseases and environmental and transnational determinants of disease. Many health threats are shaped by increasing global interconnectedness from rapid travel and communication, and economic interdependency.
Global health seeks to address health disparities through partnership, pooling of experience and knowledge, and collaborative efforts between groups and countries. Global health problems are often complex, requiring multi-disciplinary teams to work towards solutions and welcoming a range of perspectives and ideas.
Fostering partnership to help solve global health problems
New Zealand, or Aotearoa in Māori, is a small nation in the South Pacific that aspires to be a good global citizen. We work to incorporate indigenous understanding or mātauranga Māori into our relationships and partnerships with others. OGHI harnesses both technical and collaborative strengths across the Divisions, Schools, and Departments of the University of Otago to make them available to share with partners as we seek together to find solutions to complex global health problems.
In addition to the OGHI network of researchers across the University of Otago, we work with partners within New Zealand and abroad. These relationships underpin a range of collaborative research projects, and are often linked to postgraduate student opportunities and other development activities.
Global health research stories
Building partnerships, not silos
Professor Robin Gauld, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Commerce
Professor Iain Lamont, Principal Investigator
Pacific youth wellness
Associate Professor Mele Taumoepeau and Professor Tony Merriman, Co-Investigators
Big data for big problems
Virtual Health Information Network
Food for thought
Professor Lisa Houghton, Principal Investigator; Emerita Professor Rosalind Gibson, Advisory Group
Pain of ageing
Professor David Baxter, Principal Investigator
Professors John Crump and Philip Hill, Principal Investigators
Associate Professor Jenny Bryant-Tokalau, Principal Investigator
The poverty challenge
Etienne Nel, Associate Investigator