Weill Cornell Program in Global Health


The WCMC Global Health Curriculum seeks to expose medical students to the interdisciplinary field of global health, providing them with meaningful opportunities and the knowledge necessary to engage with resource-poor communities, in the United States and abroad. Through a longitudinal program featuring didactic coursework, experiential learning, and mentorship, students will be able to make informed decisions about how they hope to address global health equity in their future careers.


The Curriculum:

  • Supports a growing community of students and faculty that engage in global health discourse, research, and service

  • Attracts and trains future leaders in global health research and service

  • Brings global health luminaries to campus to provide unique networking and discussion opportunities to both students and faculty

  • Furthers WCMC’s reputation as a world-class institution for global health research and medicine
Components of the Curriculum

Over 100 hours of training seminars and didactics over 4 years

  • Three Courses
    • Introduction to Global Health (MS1)
    • Foundations in Global Service – Preparation for International Experiences (MS1)
    • Clinical Skills for Resource-Poor Environments Elective (MS4)

  • Experiential Learning
    • One Global Health Preceptorship with underserved NYC populations (MS1)
    • Two Applied Experiences: research, clinical observation, or clinical service abroad or in a domestic underserved community (summer after MS1; MS4

  • Monthly public Global Health Grand Rounds lectures and Careers in Global Health Seminars

MS1 Highlights

An elective course, Introduction to Global Health, is offered to first years, starting at the end of August. Through a series of lectures delivered by global health experts, the course gives students a solid foundation in issues relevant to global and public health.

These lectures are supplemented by the Weill Cornell Global Health Grand Rounds series, which is a series of monthly lectures from global health leaders and pioneers from all over the world. These lectures are open to the public.

In addition to teaching didactics, the Weill Cornell global health curriculum imparts important skills relevant to global health. All students who are enrolled in the global health curriculum have the opportunity to work with a global health preceptor. A global health preceptor is a doctor who either works with a mostly immigrant patient base or who works in a community which is lacking in medical resources.

In the spring, another elective course is offered to the first year class- Foundations in Global Health. This course is meant for students who are working abroad in clinics and in research laboratories during the summer after their first year. The course gives first years the basic information that they will need to know while they are abroad. Some examples of lectures are "Ethics in Global Health and Service" and "Practicing in Resource Poor Areas."

Overall, the curriculum strives to give its students important skills and knowledge in the context of global health. One of the program’s greatest strengths is that it is very feedback oriented and it changes quickly to respond to the needs and desires of the students. Students have the opportunity to give feedback and volunteer for committees on curriculum reform. For more information visit the Weill Cornell global health website at: www.med.cornell.edu/globalhealth

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