The Global Health Institute (GHI) was formally established on September 18, 2016. At present, GHI has four research centers, including Center for Systems Science and Health Big Data Research, Center for Prevention and Control of Chronic Diseases, Center for Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases, and Center for Endemic Disease Research, and will develop more centers in the future. Xi’an Jiaotong University established the GHI aimed to help achieve China’s key national development strategies, including China’s National Innovation-driven Development Strategy, “Belt & Road Initiatives”, National Health & Wellness Congress and “Healthy China 2030”. GHI will be part of the efforts in the establishment of the iHarbour-Wisdom Uni-Town and the development of Xi 'an Jiaotong University becoming a world-class university. GHI benefits from the various strengths of XJTU, including such as public health, clinical and basic medicine, pharmacy, mathematics, statistics, bioinformatics, management, humanities, and engineering.
GHI aims to address the major challenges in the global health field, create an international leading global health education scientific research platform, carry out major public health research across the region and across countries, provide scientific basis for global health problem solutions including developing related policies, train health professionals, serve local and national development, and provide strong support for achieving national health development strategies and promoting global health. At present, the research of research teams in GHI is funded by domestic and international grants such as those from the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the US Boston-based China Medical Board (CMB), the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, the Chinese National Health Commission, the Chinese National Natural Science Foundation, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC).
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