This 1 credit course offered in the fall semester, provides foundation and pre-medical students with basic knowledge and information necessary to understand basic concepts related to health and disease, disease causation and prevention, global and public health, health problems of developing and developed countries, health care delivery and its challenges, international health agencies and research in medicine and public health. The course builds upon concepts and issues in natural science courses taught during high school education and personal experiences of the students.
The Department of Global and Public Health will award scholarship to two Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar students to help them gain educational and research experience for 6-8 weeks at WCMC-Bugando Hospital in Mwanza, Tanzania during their summer break (at the end of first year of medical school).Only first year medical students enrolled at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar are eligible to apply for the scholarship.
To strengthen and augment WCMC-Q’s relationship with the local and international community, the Department of Global and Public Health offers an innovative Internship Program for undergraduate students. Talented high school students who have exhibited a strong interest in health care are also considered. The proposed program introduces students to the basic core concepts of global and public health with a view to optimize their awareness and knowledge in these areas. The program is open to students from around the world. More information regarding the internship program can be found here
The Department of Global and Public Health offers a four-week global health elective course for senior medical students. In this elective students are introduced to various global health topics with a special focus on population health and primary health care. This information is provided in the context of global health. The elective provides information and experience related to public health practice and policy, primary care and public health research. Discussion on health care delivery systems and specific programs from countries in the Middle East and other nations from around the world will be used to complement the information provided in the course. Field/ hospital visit opportunities in Qatar will also be made available. The experience provided will be commensurate with the student’s qualification and background. More detailed information regarding the elective offering can be found here
The Department successfully hosted a CME symposium held on November 30, 2011. The symposium was well attended and provided a platform for discussions and exchange of information on health care and its priorities with a view to improve the overall health care in the State of Qatar and other nations in the Middle East.
Learning objectives of the symposium are listed below:
- Summarize Qatar’s National Health Strategy and its implementation,
- Discuss how the recently announced Academic Health System initiative can contribute in improving the quality of health care in the State of Qatar,
- Outline how optimum health care can be achieved in Qatar,
- List recent biotechnological approaches in the treatment of chronic diseases,
- Assess time trends of motor vehicle injuries in the State of Qatar,
- Outline how health care can be improved through education,
- Review the facts and widely held myths about ECFFMG and entry in US Graduate Medical Education training programs, and
- Discuss how the pediatric residency at Hamad General Hospital is nurturing an environment conducive to optimal education.
Videos of the symposium sessions can be accessed here