Overall Goals of The Institute

In the pursuit of its key goals, the Global Institute will work collaboratively throughout each of the schools of the University of Miami, in order to generate new knowledge and apply interdisciplinary solutions to some of the most challenging dilemmas of the millennium.

Goal Category I: Service To The Region and Beyond.

Overall Goal: To develop and deliver effective, equitable, and sustainable community-driven health and development solutions encompassing the social, economic, environmental, and political determinants of health and development, so as to demonstrate positive impact health and development in the region.

Strategy: The Global Institute will provide the 'health and development distribution system' through which the university can deploy its resources in service to the region and beyond. In particular, the establishment of a 'health and development' distribution network, with focus on our neighboring regions in the southeastern United States, and in Latin America and the Caribbean, will provide unparalleled opportunity to deploy our human, intellectual, and capital resources to the service of underserved communities. To this end, the Initiative will establish health and development 'hub and satellite' networks that will provide opportunities to apply education and research for the benefit of underserved communities throughout the region, and beyond. The Integrated Community Development Project represents the institute's first 'flagship' program that coordinates a number of existing programs in community health and development, integrates, and adds to those activities under the umbrella of an internationally recognized, and high-profile model of health and development delivery supported by the international community. Importantly, the Integrated Community Development Project provides substantial opportunity to engage all schools across the university in a multi-disciplinary effort to provide service to the region, and beyond.

Goal Category II: Academic Excellence

Overall Goal: To provide educational experiences in areas of global health and development to students of the University of Miami, and to deliver world-leading professional and executive education programs in the area of global health and development to assist the leadership and management of global health and development challenges of the millennium.

Strategy: The Global Institute will aim to contribute to academic excellence by generating new opportunities for learning, with a focus on 'hands-on' learning in the most challenging environments surrounding the University of Miami including the underserved areas in South Florida, the south-eastern states of the United States, and impoverished areas throughout Latin American and the Caribbean. This approach will enable students and faculty to be immersed in challenging environments and provide the opportunity to apply 'classroom learning' to present-day issues of community health and development. Further, in pursuing this mission area, the Global Institute will seek out public-private partnerships to develop linkages with academic institutions throughout the region.

Category III: New Knowledge

Overall Goal: Generate new knowledge to expand academic thinking, improve practice, inform policy decisions, and engage public and private constituents to positively contribute to global health and development challenges.

Strategy: The Global Institute will generate new knowledge by focusing on outcomes-based research in areas of global health and development. In this way, research undertaken through the institute will focus on measuring and analyzing the impact and outcomes of associated projects in order to continually improve the combination of multi-disciplinary interventions, systems, and processes applied to global health and development challenges. It is envisioned that this approach will form a substantial new body of global knowledge that will be sought after as the global community continues to mobilize resources in the pursuit of global health and development, including: poverty alleviation; global climate and ecosystems management; population dynamics; food and water resource development; disease management; disaster reduction and management; and new technology application, including biotechnologies, genetics (human, plant, and animal), alternative energy, information technology, drug and vaccine development and distribution.