The Center for International Health (newly reorganized as the Center for Global Health and Diseases) was established in 1987 as a coordinating structure to help link the numerous international health resources of the University, its affiliated institutions, and the Northern Ohio community in a multidisciplinary program of research, training and clinical application related to global health.
International Health research has been a strength of Case for the last thirty years, involving the participation of scientists who helped define this field of academics as it emerged in the last three decades. Case faculty who contributed notably to this new discipline include:
Universities Allied for Essential Medicines recently ranked Case Western Reserve University as #1 in Global Health Research University in the United States.
This is accomplished by bringing together experts from the Case community that specialize in infectious diseases, epidemiology, anthropology, tropical diseases, neglected tropical diseases (dengue, dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease), lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis (river blindness), rabies, schistosomiasis, and various helminthiases), nursing, pediatrics, etc., and by uniting the Case faculty in programs of collaborative research and education, student and faculty international exchanges, and community enrichment to promote health in the world and enrich the international community.
The Center focuses on three main objectives that have been present throughout its history:
Linkages - to develop a critical mass of creative investigators with multidisciplinary capabilities and provide them with appropriate resources and environment for basic, clinical and epidemiological research, in order to develop linkages within and beyond the University community.
Education and training - to establish an education and training program to insure the continuing replenishment of the pool of intellectual talent in this country and to enhance the scientific proficiency of scientists from developing countries via an educational program based at the University, reaching a wide audience.
Research and application - to develop a collaborative interdisciplinary application program in international health overseas in order to bring together diverse disciplines, adaptation and adoption of practices and the application of technology to the under served populations of the world.