About the Project

The Pacific Rim Global Health Framework consortium brings together institutions in the U.S., India, China, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Thailand to promote the study of global health and to collaborate on the development of state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary, scientific training that will lead to the reduction of chronic, non-communicable diseases. Emphasis in the PRGHF is on the prevention of tobacco use, alcohol abuse, sedentary behavior, and obesity–all of which have been impacted by lifestyle changes in response to cultural and societal transitions fueled by economic growth, technological advances, and western influences. Meeting the challenge of this global phenomenon necessitates the development and implementation of innovative training programs that address the underlying behavioral, physiological, and environmental mechanisms responsible for the spread of these diseases.

Investigators at Claremont Graduate University

Paula Palmer
Paula Palmer, PhD
Principal Investigator
Email address: paula.palmer@cgu.edu

Andy Johnson
C. Anderson Johnson, PhD
Email address: andy.johnson@cgu.edu

James Pike
James Pike
Multimedia & Technology Specialist
Email address: edit@cutandspliced.com

Investigators at Partner Institutions

Indika Karunthilake, MD
Email address: karunathilake@hotmail.com

Lawrence A. Palinkas, PhD
Email address: palinkas@usc.edu

Partner Institutions


In partnership with the School of Community and Global Health at Claremont Graduate University, the Pacific Rim Global Health Framework currently offers multidisciplinary training for master and doctoral students as well as postdoctoral fellows. Students at all levels of training and from all nations are afforded numerous opportunities for involvement in ongoing research.

Ongoing Activities

This project will utilize the latest information technology to develop a virtual global health classroom that will serve as the base for both synchronous and asynchronous distance learning activities. In addition, this project will expand the development of global health training and certificate programs for undergraduate and graduate students and professionals.


In partnership with the School of Community and Global Health at Claremont Graduate University, the Pacific Rim Global Health Framework produces multimedia case studies, educational videos, and recordings of scientific presentations on key public health issues.


Funding for Pacific Rim Global Health Framework was provided by Award Number R25TW007751 from the Fogarty International Center. The content displayed is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the Fogarty International Center or the National Institutes of Health.