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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. A Certificate in Global Health is awarded to students who demonstrate exemplary engagement in the Global Health Curriculum.

Certificate in Global Health

The purpose of the Certificate in Global Health is to recognize students who have dedicated significant hours to the field of global health through meaningful engagement with the global health program curriculum throughout medical school. This certificate is awarded upon graduation to any student who has met the requirements.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

MS1/MS2 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 four 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 - Spring 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.

Foundations in Global Service (FIGS) - Spring of MS1

Interactive course exploring practical and ethical considerations for working/studying abroad.

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 lecture series in which renowned leaders speak on cutting edge global health issues.
A reception or dinner with the speaker and students in the Global Health Curriculum is held.

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 a student initiative designed to offer students an opportunity to discuss global health topics, including 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 a student organization that supports the Global Health Curriculum with its combination of supplementary elective courses, fieldwork, and experiential learning. It also gathers students together to discuss current global health events, participate in journal clubs, and organize citywide conferences. If you are interested in getting involved contact us at

Global Health Teaching Associate

The Global Health Teaching Associate provides administrative support for all activities related to developing and implementing the Global Health Curriculum at Weill Cornell Medicine. The GHTA works closely with faculty and students to develop policies and goals related to the program and to ensure that the program meets student-voiced needs and concerns. The GHTA also acts as a resource to medical students interested in global health. 

For any questions regarding the Global Health Curriculum, please contact

Previous Global Health Teaching Associates: 

Priyanka Patel (2019-2020)

Katharine-Grace Norris (2018-2019)

Caitlin Noonan (2017-2018)

Sejal Shah (2015-2017)

Sarah Phillips (2014-2015)

Neal Emery (2013-2014)

Nina Woolley Ragunanthan (2012-2013)

Carrie Bronsther (2011-2013)

Amita Kulkarni (2011-2013)

Elizabeth Francis (2010-2013)

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