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UGA symposium to address global health care concerns common in the U.S., Croatia

Athens, Ga. – Injury prevention, occupational health, evidence-based medicine, reproduction and fertility and violence prevention are just a few of the common global health issues to be tackled by researchers, healthcare providers and policymakers from the U.S. and Croatia at the fifth annual Global Health Symposium to be held Nov. 7 at the University of Georgia.

The conference, titled “International Health Partnership Symposium 2012: University of Zagreb, Croatia and the University of Georgia,” will be hosted by the UGA College of Public Health’s Center for Global Health and will showcase UGA’s ongoing partnership in research and education with the University of Zagreb. The symposium is open to the public.

“The Center for Global Health and the College of Public Health are seeking to identify key partner universities around the world that will serve to enhance education, research and service both for UGA and the partner institution,” said Dr. Richard Schuster, professor of health policy and management and director of the Center for Global Health. “The University of Zagreb, in Croatia, is one of these key partner universities.”

The symposium will start at 9 a.m. in Wright Hall on UGA’s Health Sciences Campus with a welcome from Schuster and Carol Cotton, an associate professor in public health and a symposium sponsor, and will end at 4 p.m. Faculty from both universities will discuss a relevant topic in global health given from the perspective of both the U.S. and Croatia. A reception will follow the final sessions.

The relationship between the University of Zagreb and UGA has been beneficial to both institutions for many years, Schuster said, and has involved many disciplines in research and education. One such program is the Croatia Maymester Abroad, in which UGA students travel overseas to take classes in public health, historical preservation, international affairs or Slavic languages.

“We as nations share similar health problems,” Schuster said, “and working together to seek common solutions is valuable. The center is hopeful that continuing student and faculty exchanges and joint teaching and research between the two universities will foster further collaborations between the two nations.”

Funding for the symposium is provided by Cotton and Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence V. Phillips.

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UGA Center for Global Health
Formed in 2009, the UGA Center for Global Health leads efforts in the College of Public Health to study, teach and serve in the areas of global health. Its mission is to find the best practices in health care delivery wherever they are in the world and adapt them to improve public health practices not only in Georgia and the U.S. but also in underserved and developing nations. The Global Health Symposium is a center effort aimed at building momentum behind new programs in global health at UGA while addressing how culture and society, infectious disease, nutrition and the environment impact public health issues around the world. For more information on the center, see