Global Health at Weill Cornell and Cornell University
Global health research is being conducted at the basic and clinical levels at Weill Cornell, and collaborators from several departments are pursuing a number of translational research projects. The Department of Medicine, the Center for Global Health within the Department of Medicine, as well as the Departments of Microbiology, and Public Health, are leading the effort in this interdisciplinary translational research.
- To provide global health training, in the classroom, laboratory, and field, for Cornell students at all levels: undergraduates on the lthaca Campus, medical students at WCMC, and graduate students and post-doctoral fellows on both campuses
- To provide reciprocal training programs at Cornell for colleagues at all levels from our network of international collaborating institutions
- To coordinate ongoing collaborations and to develop new programs among Cornell researchers to solve existing and emerging problems in global health
For undergraduate Cornell students, this curriculum has culminated in a new interdisciplinary Global Health Minor, open to students with any major in any college. Currently, there are 74 students from 17 majors enrolled in the Global Health Minor. This academic year, 48 students will graduate with a Minor in Global Health, six times the number of students that graduated from the program in 2009. A critical component of Cornell’s Global Health Minor is field experience in which students live and work abroad in a resource-poor setting for a minimum of eight-weeks. The purpose of the field experience requirement is to challenge students to apply their classroom learning to a field setting and to deepen their understanding of the health problems that disproportionately affect the resource-poor. This past summer, 47 students completed their field experiences in 13 different countries across the globe, including India, Zambia, and Nicaragua. Twelve of these students took advantage of the new Global Health Summer Session Program in Moshi, Tanzania taught by Dr. Rebecca Stoltzfus. The Global Health Program offers financial support for students traveling abroad in the form of Global Health Travel Grants ranging from $150-1,000. Click here to visit Cornell University's Global Health Website: http://www.human.cornell.edu/dns/globalhealth/about/index.cfm
The Office of Global Health Education coordinates global health electives for Weill Cornell medical students and visiting international medical students who are interested in studying global health and participating in global health clinical, research, and service electives. The OGHE was established by the Dean and is a division of the Office of Affiliations.
Weill Cornell students have the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive, four-year elective Global Health Curriculum, preparing them with the knowledge and skills to engage with resource-poor communities in the United States and abroad. In addition to the coursework offered, the curriculum includes a Global Health Preceptorship with under-served populations in NYC, two applied experiences and monthly Global Health Grand Rounds and Career Seminars in Global Health. The program was initiated and designed by students who desired an academic background to contextualize and expand upon their global health experiences at WCMC. With the support and guidance of faculty from the Office of Global Health Education, Center for Global Health, and Global Emergency Medicine program, it has developed into a highly popular elective program for Weill Cornell medical students. Full details about the program are available at the link above.
The International Committee is a multi-disciplinary faculty committee appointed by the Dean to review and approve all Weill Cornell medical student proposals in preparation to complete a Global Health - International Elective. The Committee, which meets monthly, is responsible for conferring academic credit and distributing medical college funding to students whose proposals were approved.
Multidisciplinary professional and graduate programs as well as an undergraduate minor in Global Health are being developed by Weill Cornell and Cornell University's Colleges of Human Ecology, Arts and Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, and Agriculture and Life Sciences. These programs are based in the Center for Global Health at WCMC and the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University.
At Cornell University, The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies catalyses and supports research, teaching, and outreach to advance international studies at Cornell University. The center is one of the largest university international studies centers in the United States. Key global health-related programs at the Einaudi Center include the Global Health Program, Cornell Food and Nutrition Policy Program, and the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development.
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