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10 Aug 2021

The Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University (MDCU) utilizes its medical and research excellence to fill gaps and build bridges for health equity with the soft launch of the School of Global Health, MDCU

The newly anticipated launch of the Graduate School of Global Health (SGH) has been well received in the global health education, health economics and public health communities.  Under the leadership of Professor Suttipong Wacharasindhu, M.D., Dean of Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, the integrated program focuses greatly on the multitude of medical and research expertise from MDCU. With over 70 years in the making, the SGH brings forth the regional and global know-how, competencies, and advancements to offer medical, health care and related industry professionals a uniquely MDCU approach to minimizing the health disparity in Thailand and the world.

Professor Suttipong Wacharasindhu, M.D., Dean of Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, said “Thailand is fully capable to join the ranks of the global leaders in public health. Our proven results for nearly 80 years has given us the will to care for our patients, dare to innovate and constantly push our limits, and share this insight with the rest of the global health community. The SGH will collectively bring forth many disciplines and breakthroughs in HIV, rabies, tropical diseases, family planning and sexual reproductive health for women and adolescents. We are also leaders in the field of medical research and innovation in cancer, genomics and rare genetic diseases. The COVID-19 pandemic has also given our institution many chances to utilize our expertise as we were the first to identify the first case of COVID-19 outside of China in 2019. It is clear that our dedicated team of medical and scientific researchers have paved the way for the SGH to provide the world with a 360° perspective in today’s challenging medical landscape.”

The soft launch on August 9, 2021, held virtually at MDCU, invited global health experts from around the world to join the event which included keynote speaker, Dr. Dennis Carroll, Ph.D., Chair of the Leadership Board for the Global Virome Project. His speech entitled, “Preventing the Next Pandemic: The Power of Global Health Security and Collaboration” emphasized the need to come together in order to “create more global strategies, policies, and regulatory frameworks that deal directly with the multisectorial aspects of disease emergence and improve our collective ability to prevent, rapidly detect and respond to threats,” remarked Dr. Dennis Carroll, Ph.D.

As one of MDCU’s most reputable clinical researchers and the founder of the Chula Vaccine Research Center, Professor Kiat Ruxrungtham, M.D., has also come to the forefront to take on a greater role as the Director of the School of Global Health, MDCU. He offers over 50 years of experience to enhance the learning environment for both domestic and international students. The SGH is set for a dynamic multidisciplinary learning approach for a myriad of global health care professionals who wish to become future leaders and catalysts of change in their respective home countries. The aims of the SGH are to reduce health inequity and bridge gaps within the public health systems around the world.

“The time is right to share the expertise that MDCU possesses in order to help overcome the current health care challenges that the global arena is facing. The past medical and research initiatives have come full circle in many fields including infectious diseases and non-communicable disease, therefore, the SGH will help teach future generations how to make lasting impacts to reduce health inequity and to promote accessible health care for all mankind,” Professor Suttipong Wacharasindhu, M.D., concluded.


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