Global Health at Weill Cornell and Cornell University

The main hubs for Global Health activities at Weill Cornell Medical College are the Center for Global Health and the Office of Global Health Education. At Cornell University in Ithaca, undergraduates interested in global health can major in Global and Public Health Sciences through the College of Human Ecology. The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University also offers programming and support for international research, teaching and outreach.

Center for Global Health

The Center for Global Health serves Weill Cornell Medical College and Cornell University in fostering the goals of our current NIH Global Health Network. The Center stands on the pillars of our major international programs in Brazil, Haiti, Tanzania, and India. The Center is based in the Department of Medicine and welcomes the participation of faculty from both Ithaca and NY who have like-interests in addressing issues of global health inequality.

We define Global Health as research, service, and training that address health problems that transcend national boundaries, that disproportionately affect the resource poor, and that are best addressed by multidisciplinary solutions. The mission of the Center for Global Health is to collaborate with international partners to improve the health of people in resource-poor countries through research, training, and service. The Center has 10 core faculty members and more than 30 collaborating faculty. The Center’s faculty biographies can be found at “Who We Are.” 

The objectives of the Center are four-fold:

1. The Center’s faculty, fellows, and students conduct research to address major health problems afflicting people in resource-poor countries. Investigators determine the magnitude and root causes of health problems and then design, test, and implement life-saving interventions. Over the next five years, the Center will expand research and training in maternal-child health and cardiovascular disease. We will also extend the breadth and depth of our on-going HIV/AIDS, TB, and infectious disease research. These are areas of strength at WCMC and internationally recognized priorities.

2. The Center provides classroom, laboratory, and field training to students and postdoctoral fellows from Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell University, and international partners. Weill Cornell Medicine faculty members who are based overseas coordinate the teaching and training of international and WCM students, interns, and residents at international sites. The Center also supports international scholars who study at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York while continuing research projects in their home countries. More information can be found at our “Education” page.

3. All of our international partners provide health care to the poor in their countries. For example, Weill Bugando physicians staff the 800-bed referral hospital for Western Tanzania, which serves a population of 15 million people. Weill Cornell Medicine physicians provide clinical training and bedside teaching, in addition to responding to natural disasters and public health emergencies such as earthquakes, hurricanes, cholera epidemics, and anthrax outbreaks. Service programs are described in our “News and Events.”

4. The Center is also strongly committed to increasing the ranks of early-career faculty engaged in global health research and to supporting initiatives designed to remove the barriers that women may face in global health leadership. More information can be found at “Women’s Research.”


Office of Global Health Education

The Office of Global Health Education at Weill Cornell Medical College coordinates global health electives for Weill Cornell medical students. The office also coordinates visiting international medical students who are interested in clinical electives at Weill Cornell in New York City.

Global and Public Health Sciences Major

The Global and Public Health Sciences Major at Cornell University is intended for students who are interested in the health problems of communities and the actions that will protect or improve the lives of large numbers of individuals. The major is offered through the College of Human Ecology or the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies

The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University organizes, stimulates, and supports research, teaching, and outreach programs and activities to enhance graduate and undergraduate education, and to prepare Cornellians to contribute in the international sphere. 

Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Global Health 402 East 67th Street, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10065 Phone: (646) 962-8140 Fax: (646) 962-0285