Global Public Health Needs
World-Wide Governance

October 23, 2006

By Barry Jagoda

Public health authority, Dr. Thomas Novotny, will speak on the need for global health governance in a talk at the University of California , San Diego on Oct. 26 at 4 p.m.  Entitled, "Global Governance for Public Health: How Can This Work in the 21st Century?," the lecture is part of a series on Global Security and the Rule of Law sponsored by the UCSD Institute for International, Comparative and Area Studies and the California Western School of Law.  The presentation, free and open to the public, will take place in the Weaver Center at the Institute of the Americas on the UCSD campus.

Novotny, professor at the UC San Francisco School of Medicine, is responsible for curriculum development in global health and for developing a new Ph.D. and Masters program in Global Health Sciences at UCSF.   He was previously an Assistant Surgeon General in the United States Public Health Service, serving as liaison to the World Bank, and was Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Refugee Health.

In his UCSD lecture, Novotny will make the case that, while health is the responsibility of the sovereign state, global health governance is essential to solving the health challenges that impugn sovereignty. In addition, he says, health is a collective security issue for the United Nations and for the United States which needs to better use global health engagement for nation building, sustaining peace and global commerce, and improving its diplomatic image. Thus, global health diplomacy is an expanding field for research, pedagogy, and service that can be supported in academia and government.


Media contact: Barry Jagoda, (858) 534-8567

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