At the dawn of the 21st century, the need for a global vision of health remains true. The last two decades of the 20th century experienced the devastation brought upon by emerging and re-emerging diseases. Diseases of pregnancy, childhood, diarrhea, malaria, tuberculosis and HIV continue to exact a heavy toll on men, women, and children throughout the world. Developing nations confront the increasing burden of chronic diseases including cancer and heart disease as they undergo demographic shifts, and preventable injuries are a major cause of morbidity and mortality. In today’s interdependent global economy, the need for cooperation between governments, international agencies, organizations, and institutions in alleviating global health problems has increased.The Sparkman Center has a history of successful collaboration with institutions abroad in implementing graduate-level educational and training programs in public health. We have collaborated with Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru, Chiang Mai University in Chiang Mai, Thailand, University of West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDRB) to implement public health programs. In addition, the Center has collaborated with the WHO and PAHO and sponsored numerous short-term training programs in these and various other developing countries.We would appreciate your feedback and questions. Do not hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Craig Wilson, MD
Director, UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health
UAB Professor of Pediatrics, Epidemiology, Medicine, and Microbiology