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 Institute for Population 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 Institute for Population 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 Institute for Population 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

Certificate in Clinical Nutrition

Clinical nutrition has emerged as an important discipline in modern medicine. Healthcare professionals are increasingly using nutrition strategies to prevent disease, manage illness and promote health. Research has shown that diet and eating habits play a major role in the development of certain chronic diseases like heart disease, obesity, cancer, and diabetes. Making changes to diet can help prevent and treat these conditions. For example, lowering intake of certain fats and cholesterol, and adding whole grains to your diet can help prevent atherosclerosis, heart disease and stroke. Eating fewer calories helps manage weight. Cutting down on simple sugars can help prevent diabetes, and diets high in fiber can help in multiple ways.

The Institute for Population Health (IPH) offered a Certificate in Clinical Nutrition in April 2016. The course provided health practitioners with an understanding of how nutrition affects physiological and biochemical systems in the human body. The course also provided relevant clinical information and skills to the participants.

The total duration of the course was 50 hours. The onsite unit (32 hours) comprised of lectures and interactive discussions by WCM-Q faculty and other international experts from the field. The Self- Study Unit (18 hours) located on a cloud-based learning management system called Canvas, consisted of modules complementary to the onsite lectures.

The inaugural course was very popular and was full within the first week of opening registrations. The course was well appreciated, evident from the feedback received during the course wrap up session on the final day as well as in the online course evaluation that followed. Based on the overwhelming response to this short-term certificate course, IPH plans to offer other certificate courses to cater to the needs of healthcare practitioners in the region.

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The learning objectives of the course are listed below:

  1. Discuss basic and clinically relevant topics that will enhance health practitioner’s knowledge and skills in the field of nutrition.
  2. Outline the evidence in terms of benefits, limitations and risks of commonly used nutrition and herbal supplements and other dietary approaches such as elimination diets and vegetarianism.
  3. Devise and plan healthy nutrition regimens/choices tailored to individual needs including children, pregnant and lactating women and the elderly.
  4. Demonstrate the usefulness of healthy nutrition practices in specific clinical situations and conditions.
  5. Describe the role of nutrition in the causation and management of chronic conditions such as obesity, cancer and diabetes.