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Global Health at Weill Cornell Medical College
Weill Cornell Medical College has recently launched a Center for Global Health based in the Department of Medicine. The Center stands on the pillars of the WCMC's major international programs in Haiti, Brazil, and Tanzania, and welcomes the participation of students and faculty from both Ithaca and NY who are dedicated to addressing issues of global health inequality.
Cornell Abroad invites you to spend a semester or an academic year of study abroad worldwide - in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, or Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) - as an integral part of your Cornell undergraduate degree.
Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies
The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies catalyses and supports research, teaching and outreach activities that advance international studies at Cornell, in order to contribute to our knowledge of the world.
Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture, and Development (CIIFAD)
CIIFAD, with partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America, initiates and supports innovative programs that contribute to improved prospects for global food security, sustainable rural development and environmental conservation around the world.
Institute for African Development
The Institute for African Development (IAD) is focused on Cornell University’s interests, research, and outreach in the study of Africa. It also seeks to expand the depth and quality of the teaching on Africa within the University community, and to build a faculty and student constituency that is knowledgeable about issues of African development. The IAD is an area program under the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.
Peace Corps at Cornell University
There is a campus Peace Corps coordinator available for students and community members around the Ithaca area. Anyone who has questions about Peace Corps, the application process, volunteer life, available programs, including the Master's International Program, etc. are encouraged to contact the campus recruiter.
Promoting a university culture built on the concept that global is who we are, how we think, what we do.
Cornell University Public Service Center
The Cornell Public Service Center is committed to expand service-learning opportunities on campus. Service-learning is an experiential education approach that links academic learning with meaningful community service activities, personal growth, and social awareness and responsibility.
Sponsored by the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University, Cornell NutritionWorks uses distance technology to provide an affordable, convenient way for you to meet your professional and developmental needs.
Cornell Global Health Student Council
The Cornell global Health Student Council (GHSC) primarily seeks to provide the Cornell community with a centralized location for Cornell students to gain information on global health issues and organizations, to provide training for organizations and/or students planning to go on international trips, to increase communication and partnership and to improve fundraising efforts on campus between global health-related organizations.
Center for Community Engaged Learning & Research
The Center for Community Engaged Learning & Research (CELR) seeks to build off Cornell's accomplishments in the area of engagement, and endeavours to play a key leadership role in helping the university shape and realize its visions for the 21st century engaged student, scholar and institute of higher education.
The Fulbright Program of the US Department of State is administered on the Cornell campus by the Mario Einaudi Center's Fulbright Adviser. These grants for study or research abroad are awarded on a nationally competitive basis to US citizens who are graduate students or will have earned the bachelor's degree prior to September of the year for which the grant is being awarded. Over 150 countries worldwide participate in the Fulbright Program.
AguaClara is a project in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University that is improving drinking water quality through innovative research, knowledge transfer, open source engineering and design of sustainable, replicable water treatment systems.
AIESEC is the world's largest student-based organization, spanning over 100 countries and over 800 universities. We are dedicated to building international understanding by providing young people with the tools and opportunities to become globally-minded, responsible leaders and connecting them to organizations worldwide for international internship experiences.
MEDLIFE is a non-profit organization which hosts 70 college and university chapters around the world. MEDLIFE Mobile Clinics bring primary care medical services to individuals and families who otherwise lack access to quality health care. Since January 2010, MEDLIFE Mobile Clinics have visited 40,000 patients in Ecuador, Peru, and Panama. Cornell’s MEDLIFE student chapter attends mobile clinics in Peru and Ecuador over winter, spring, and summer breaks. The chapter also educates its members about issues in global health, in addition to hosting fundraisers and community service events on campus.
B-Aware is the founding chapter of the national organization Team HBV Collegiate Chapters, affiliated with the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University. We aim to raise awareness about the hepatitis B virus (HBV), a completely preventable disease that still causes 80% of all primary liver cancer cases worldwide and leaves 350 million people chronically infected with HBV. Furthermore, due to a lack of symptoms, many do not know they are infected with HBV, with 1 in 10 Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders chronically infected for life. B-Aware aims to organize engaging events to educate people about HBV, help raise money for HBV vaccinations in China, and come up with different ways to do outreach for our cause.
The Cornell chapter of Bridges to Community is a service-learning organization on campus. Every spring break we travel to a village in Nicaragua where we work with the local community to construct houses for deserving families. There is also have a class that goes along with the trip in which students explore issues relating to service-learning as well as Nicaraguan culture and history.
The Cornell International Affairs Review endeavors to provide the Cornell community with a medium to engage others in discourse on the most current transnational and international issues. It seeks to accomplish this with the establishment of a three-pillared strategy: To Inspire an interest in issues beyond one’s local sphere in undergraduate society by hosting and attending lectures by academics and professionals and of events hosted by the University to supplement one’s education in international relations; To Engage students in the current debate through the establishment of a collaboration-based, biannual journal; and To Provide opportunities for students to become proactive in changing their social and political environments.
Global Health Student Council (GHSC) seeks to provide the Cornell community with a centralized location for Cornell students to gain information on global health issues and organizations, to provide training for organizations and/or students planning to go on international trips, to increase communication and partnership, and to improve fundraising efforts on campus between global health-related organizations.
Global Medical Brigades (GMB), Cornell University is a secular, international, and socially-conscience network of university clubs and volunteer organizations whose mission is to provide medical relief and health education for under-served communities across the globe. The goal is to provide a holistic model for sustainable health care, treat patients to the highest ethical standards, and visit relevant community projects. The current focus is on Honduras, a country in Central America, where the organization will work in collaboration with the private, non-profit organization Sociedad Amigos de los Ninos, founded by Sister Maria Rosa Leggol, a recent nominee of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Heifer International’s (Cornell Chapter) mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. By giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, we empower them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope. With gifts of livestock and training, we help families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways. We refer to the animals as “living loans” because in exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of its animal’s offspring to another family in need. It’s called Passing on the Gift – a cornerstone of our mission that creates an ever-expanding network of hope and peace.
The purpose of H.E.L.P. for Children is to actively engage globally conscious students of all different disciplines and backgrounds to create an international platform on issues concerning vulnerable children. Vulnerable children are at risk to poor resources, abuse, violence, poverty, malnutrition, less education, and are deprived of a support system or a line of protection. H.E.L.P. for Children leads to help for a future and starts strengthening and maintaining our globe from the bottom up.
Cornell Student Society for Public Health is an organization created to discuss and promote awareness about healthcare infrastructure issues and epidemiological trends that are affecting developing countries around the world. The organization will work to address the health threats of different communities worldwide, paying special attention to the social context of disease. We hope to empower students by gaining insight on how to obtain a degree in public health that can be applied to careers in the "real world." Moreover, we will provide undergraduates with opportunities to learn more about public health and epidemiology through national and international collaborations. Our club will promote healthcare intervention projects in the United States and abroad. This will help bring awareness to individuals affected with infectious diseases. Our club will also provide workshops on public health careers, and act as a resource for international internships. We will work with local Cornell and Ithaca community members to organize events and encourage education about the public health.
Nourish International works to fundraise, design, and implement projects aimed at eradicating poverty, global health solutions, and anything else you can think of! We collaborate with NGOs around the world and travel during summers to work on the projects that we design. Our organization fundraises throughout the year in order to send a group of students abroad over the summer to work on a sustainability project. For example, in previous years we have built gardens in El Salvador and built a health clinic in Peru.
Operation D.E.E.P. believes education is the best way to empower a community. Working at both Cornell and directly in rural communities, we seek to expand the educational opportunities of students in rural China.
GlobeMed is a student-run nonprofit that creates long-term partnerships between university chapters and grassroots health organizations in developing countries to strengthen the movement for global health and social justice. Founded in the fall of 2010, GlobeMed at Cornell University partners with a community-based organization in La Libertad, Ecuador called Centro de Promoción y Atención Integral para Adolescentes (CEPAIPA). Our chapter has about 30 active staff members and is managed by an executive board. We, the chapter members, work together with CEPAIPA to implement long-term initiatives to better the health of adolescents in La Libertad’s community. Throughout the year GlobeMed at Cornell hosts educational events on campus, raises funds for our projects with CEPAIPA, works on-site in Ecuador through organized internships during winter or summer breaks, learns to think critically about global health, and trains passionate leaders committed to realizing a world with equity in health.
The Renacer Campus Initiative partners with Renacer, a nonprofit startup in Guatemala founded by a Cornell alumna, to bring opportunities for students interested in maternal health issues to engage in public service activities both on Cornell's campus and on service trips to Guatemala. Renacer is a non-profit organization operating in Guatemala that works with indigenous Mayan populations to reduce maternal mortality and improve reproductive health care services available to pregnant and expecting mothers. Currently, maternal mortality rates among indigenous Mayan women in Guatemala is as high as 446 deaths per 100,000 live births, which is over 20 times higher than the ratio for women in the U.S. Renacer aims to reduce the rate of preventable deaths in rural Mayan villages, where access to care is practically non-existent, through increased access to services, education, and outreach initiatives.
Mountains for Moms is an organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for OperationOF, a 501(c) 3 non-profit dedicated to eradicating obstetric fistula. Mountains for Moms will summit Mt. Kilimanjaro in January of 2014 to headline our awareness campaign for the thousands of women suffering from obstetric fistula. In addition, we co-sponsor on- and off-campus events to raise money and awareness. M4M is always looking for dedicated and adventurous students who would like to join us in our mission.
Cornell Health International (CHI) is a student-run organization at Cornell that works to raise awareness of global health issues by providing members opportunities to develop student-led service projects. We aim to educate undergraduates about pressing health issues in developing countries through free exchange of ideas within the framework of weekly presentations, round table discussions, and publication reviews. We strive to initiate opportunities for undergraduates to participate in challenging global health service projects with help from peers and mentors. We foster academic, scientific, and cultural awareness by engaging in dynamic on-campus and international events.
We offer several opportunities for students to receive funding to finance their global health experiences.
Access the funding document here to browse external and internal funding sources.
*Disclaimer: Keep in mind that external funding opportunities are available throughout the University and beyond, however each student is solely responsible for finding them.
We do offer limited funding through travel awards granted by the Cornell Global Health Program, especially for those pursuing the Cornell Global Health Programs. These awards are distributed as needs-based awards, if you believe you may be eligible feel free to contact anyone on the Global Health team.
Global and Public Health Fellow: Mia Haller firstname.lastname@example.org
Director: Jeanne Moseley email@example.com