Weill Cornell’s Office of Global Health Education and the University of Sydney formally established a student exchange program in 2005. Under this program, 1-2 Weill Cornell students spend up to 8 weeks in Sydney. WCMC students are placed in a clinical elective of choice (medicine, surgery, dermatology, anesthesia, etc) at one of the teaching hospitals in Sydney as well as spend one week at the hospital in Broken Hill in the Outback. The urban/rural focus enables our students to appreciate how health care is delivered in different settings. Up to 5 University of Sydney student spend up to 8 weeks at WCMC and are placed in a clinical elective of their choice. This cross-cultural experience is the hallmark of this exchange program.
In addition to the vibrant student exchange program, faculty members at each medical college have initiated collaborative research projects. Dr Madelon Finkel, Weill Cornell Professor of Clinical Public Health and Director of the Office of Global Health Education, and Dr Lyndal Trevena, Associate Dean (International) and Director of the Office for Global Health at the University of Sydney, are collaborating on a cervical cancer screening project with colleagues in rural India, for example.
For those Weill Cornell students who are interested in earning a MPH degree, the University of Sydney School of Public Health offers a one-year degree program. Students can earn either a Master of Public Health or a Masters of International Public Health. The former Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, the forerunner to the School of Public Health, was the oldest and largest department of public health in Australia. It was originally established in 1930 as the Commonwealth School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and was incorporated into the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney in 1987. Today the School of Public Health is a vibrant organic network of individuals, research groups and centers that offers a wide range of educational and research opportunities for students. The School of Public Health comprises a network of individuals, research groups and centers that offer a wide range of educational and research opportunities in a variety of public health associated areas of study.