Health and Disease : A Global Perspective

This 2 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.

Global Health Education and Research Program

The Division of Global and Public Health will select up to three Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar students to help them gain educational and research experience for 8 weeks at Weill Bugando School of Medicine 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 Medicine-Qatar are eligible to apply for the program.


Global Health Internship Program

To strengthen and augment WCM-Q's, relationship with the local and international community, the Division 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 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

Population Health and Primary Care Perspectives Elective

The Division 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

Global and Public Health and Academic Health System Symposium 2015:
Integrative Medicine: A Refreshing Approach to Optimum Health.

The Division of Global and Public Health and Academic Health System hosted a collaborative symposium on March 18, 2015 entitled: Integrative Medicine: A Refreshing Approach to Optimum Health. The symposium emphasized on building therapeutic doctor-patient relationships and the use of evidence-based conventional and unconventional therapies. The symposium was well attended by physicians, nurses, medical staff, medical/non–medical faculty and students from educational and healthcare institutions across Qatar.

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The learning objectives of the symposium are listed below:

  • Describe the next wave of public health (The Fifth Wave) and consider what is postulated as its core focus.
  • Define the Three Horizon’s Model and how might it be used in your work.
  • Identify key factors in optimizing human encounter and wellness enhancement.
  • Describe the integrative medicine approach to treatment of pain.
  • Review the current evidence and proposed mechanisms for the use of mind-body therapies for pain management.
  • Assess the current evidence for the use of acupuncture for pain management.
  • Discuss the relationship between integrative medicine and patient survival.
  • Assess the contribution of integrative medicine to solving diagnostic problems.
  • Evaluate the role of integrative medicine in reducing the burden of common illnesses.
  • Outline a suitable strategy for integrating complementary medicine in conventional healthcare.