The Global Health Program encourages students to engage directly with the program, and to involve themselves in leadership positions, projects, and organizations that will allow them to continue to pursue studies in the field of global health beyond the classroom. There are numerous opportunities to take on a larger role within the Global Health Program, and students are encouraged to do so.

The Global Health Student Advisory Board (GHSAB) is a diverse team of dedicated and enthusiastic upperclassmen who represent the Global Health Program and assist with program development and projects like the Cornell Global Health Case Competition. GHSAB works to create spaces for students in the Global and Public Health Sciences Major and Global Health Minor to build community through campus events, the Cornell Global Health Case Competition, mentorship, and more. Students can apply to join the GHSAB before or after their experiential learning opportunity (ELO).

Reach out to Global and Public Health Fellow Mia Haller ( for further information.

The Cornell Global Health Program offers students who successfully participate in one of the Global Health Summer Programs the opportunity to serve as a student program assistant upon their return to Cornell's campus. These student program assistants provide programmatic and administrative support for the programs, and act as leaders for the next cohort of students participating in the program. Program assistants play an active role in peer facilitation, and are involved with the program through TA-ships to lead the Pre-Departure Seminars in the Spring semester for each Global Health Summer Program. They may also travel with the student cohort to assist with the abroad program.

Each program assistant works closely with the Global Health Program teaching team, receiving extensive mentorship throughout the academic year and building leadership skills. All student program assistants receive training in facilitation of critical reflection, leadership, group development, intercultural competency, and risk management through a series of training seminars. They then have the opportunity to apply their training on campus as teaching assistants, or to travel back to the field with the next cohort of students. This leadership role is an excellent opportunity for students to serve as peer mentors, and to guide students through their shared experiences abroad.

Q1: What is this event?

The Global and Public Health Experiential Learning Symposium is an event hosted by the Global Health Student Advisory Board and the Global Health Program to highlight the work of students who have returned from experiential learning opportunities. Any Cornell student who has done work related to Global or Public Health is invited to participate and present a poster highlighting their research, case-study, or service-learning project.

Q2: What do I need to do to participate?

Wait until the next symposium (typically held in November)! Feel free to check this page in order to get updated information.

Q3: What should my poster include?

The design is up to you, but your poster should include background information, the goal of your work, and an evaluation of impact or future plans. Feel free to include information about your methods, research, etc. Definitely include pictures and other visual elements to make it eye-catching!

Q4: How can I print my poster?

Mann Library has a poster printing center on the first floor at the Stone Computing Center. Check out this link for more information and guidelines about printing a poster, including the open hours of the printing center. If you need assistance to pay for printing, please email Mia Haller (

Q5: What should I wear to the event?

Please dress in business casual attire. As a presenter, you will be explaining your work to your fellow colleagues, Cornell faculty members, and other guests. We will also be inviting the Dean of Human Ecology, so dress to impress!

Q6: Who will be attending the event?

We are inviting students, faculty, and administrators to attend the event to learn about the work Cornell students have been doing in the fields of global and public health. Attendance and participation in the symposium is strongly encouraged for all students currently completing or interested in completing the Global Health minor.

Q7: Should I prepare a speech?

You do not need to prepare a formal oral presentation, but you should be prepared to answer questions and give a brief and informative overview of the work you did during your field experience.

The Global Health Case Competition offers students the unique opportunity to collaborate across multiple disciplines while addressing a real-world global health challenge in a competitive environment. This competition is designed to provide Cornell students from any academic major the opportunity to form teams and explore global health through a diverse array of perspectives. We hope to bring together students who may otherwise not collaborate on Cornell's campus, while simulating future workplace settings during the competition. Winners of the Cornell Global Health Case Competition will be given the opportunity to compete against students from all over the world at the International Emory Global Health Case Competition in the spring!

Who can participate?

Undergraduate and graduate students from any college are encouraged to apply. Participants have the option to sign up individually and be placed in a group at random, or form their own groups of three students. Groups must be comprised of students from a minimum of 2 different colleges/fields of study (e.g. public health, medicine, law, economics, engineering, etc.).

How to apply?

Applications for the Case Competition are available in the fall/winter. Please check back here or contact Mia Haller ( for more information.

"The Global Health Case Competition was both highly enjoyable and an invaluable learning experience for me! Working with students from various backgrounds and academic disciplines allowed me to see how very different perspectives can be brought together to solve a complex global health issue. The International Competition at Emory was similarly collaborative and provided me an excellent way to learn from leaders in the field as well as other students equally passionate about Global Health." - Sundus Ahmed '16, past participant in the Global Health Case Competition