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Global Health Curriculum


The Global Health Curriculum (GHC) was first piloted in the 2009-2010 academic year and spans the four years of medical school. The curriculum includes course modules, a preceptorship program, mentorship, and opportunities for an applied experience abroad. Students may participate in as many parts of the curriculum as they like. This curriculum is now a highly regarded and a popular elective program for Weill Cornell medical students.  Students who show meaningful engagement and commitment to the global health curriculum, activities, and international electives longitudinally throughout their training will have this distinction highlighted in their Dean's Letter.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

MS1 Summer Experience Abroad: 

Applied experiences may be taken during the summer after 1st year.

Fourth Year International Electives:

Students complete an international elective abroad from six to eight weeks in duration.

Taking a Year Off: Global Health Research:

Interested students take a year off between MS3 and MS4 to study and live abroad. This gap year could be funded by the Fulbright/Fogarty program, Doris Duke program, and The Office of Global Health Education.             

Global Health AOC Scholarly Project:

This program is designed to prepare WCMC students to be future leaders in global health through a longitudinal elective program featuring didactic course work, experiential learning, and a mentored pathway for engaging with resource-poor communities.


Introduction to Global Health - Fall of MS1 

Diverse set of lectures and case studies. Topics include global burden of disease, HIV, behavior change, non-communicable diseases, child health, and advocacy.

Global Health Preceptorship:

Within the MS1 course, a global health preceptorship program pairs the student with a physician who provides care to the uninsured, underserved, homeless, immigrant population. The focus is on health inequity in the US.

On-Campus Engagement Opportunities

Global Health Grand Rounds

A virtual lecture series in which renowned leaders speak on cutting edge global health issues.

Global Health Career Seminars

Informal sessions over dinner with a physician who has incorporated global health in his/her career.

Journal Club:
The Global Health Journal Club is student and faculty led session designed to offer students an opportunity to discuss global health topics, including neglected tropical diseases, Global Mental Health, Climate Change, Gun Violence, Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Low Cost Technology Development, and Maternal and Child Health. 

Global Health Collective:
The Global Health Collective is the WCMC student-run global health interest group. Student-elected leaders liaise with the Office of International Medical Student Education to help guide curricular planning.  If you are interested in getting involved contact Savita Birbal, Curriculum Coordinator at

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