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The health and economic impacts of a Global Health Institute

Narrator:       This is Science Today. The University of California is poised to launch a Global Health Institute, which will be a multi-campus program for global health education, research and partnerships. Anil Deolaliker of the University of California, Riverside will co-direct one of the centers along with the UC Davis campus.

Deolaliker:     This is coming absolutely at the right time. As a result of globalization, you can actually have the spread of diseases and pandemics in seconds rather than in the years that it used to take in the past. And so you have to look at the recent example of H1N1. You know, people saw the first manifestation of the H1Ni virus in Mexico and before you knew it, we had cases in North America, there were cases in Europe. Within a week, it had spread to Asia and Latin America.

Narrator:       Deolaliker says there's an economic impact of global health activities, too.

Deolaliker:     We found that it generates something like $50 billion of business activity and it supports something like 350,000 high quality jobs in California, so it's a huge impact.

Narrator:       For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.