Narrator: This is Science Today. The University of California is poised to launch a Global Health Institute, a groundbreaking, multicampus program for global health education, research and partnerships.
Deolaliker: When established, this will be the first systemwide program in global health, educational program in any area. Global health has often been rated as one of the biggest challenges facing humanity today.
Narrator: Anil Deolaliker, associate dean of social sciences at the University of California, Riverside, is co-director of the One Health Center under the UC Global Health Institute. He says there are many different aspects of global health that they'll be tackling.
Deolaliker: Let me give you one or two examples. One is looking at how pandemics can spread from one country to another, especially in this era of globalization, it's very easy for pandemics to spread. Another area is the study of HIV/AIDS, which is really a global problem.
Narrator: The Institute plans to begin with a one-year master's degree that is expected to enroll students in 2011. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.