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Global Health on Fertile Ground at Cornell


The Stage Is Set

Rebecca Stoltzfus

Rebecca Stoltzfus, Nutritional Sciences

A groundswell of interest and activities in global health encompasses students on the Ithaca and Manhattan campuses of Cornell. Students in Ithaca have formed organizations so that they can network on global health issues, organize service projects, and create student-run courses. One student organization, Cornell Health International, educates students in international issues and provides international service opportunities.

Cover Africa, another student organization dedicated to malaria intervention in Africa, offers a student-led course developed this year on malaria to prepare students for implementing a service project in Ghana over the January term. At Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC), student leaders create major initiatives on global health curriculum and on social action for the availability of pharmaceuticals in low-income countries. Students on both campuses continually call for more support for international internship opportunities in health.

At the same time, we have strong leadership at the university for Cornell to “use its enormous and varied resources and talents to positively impact the world outside our gates.” President David J. Skorton stated in August 2007 at the new student convocation:

“We have a long history of working internationally, with partners from around the globe, on problems and challenges ranging from agricultural productivity to global health, and we are building new partnerships, with universities at their center, to address issues such as global inequalities, sustainability, and world health.”


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