Global Health Organization

The Global Health Organization at Columbia University Irving Medical Center is a free organization for students that aims to promote interdisciplinary collaboration in the field of global (international) health through extracurricular, academic, and community-oriented activities. Our organization includes members from the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, College of Dental Medicine, School of Nursing, and Mailman School of Public Health. Throughout the year, we host events to broaden awareness of global health issues, career opportunities, and international experiences for health sciences students.

For more information about our upcoming events, email

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Global Health Organization Events

The following events were previously hosted by the Global Health Organization. 

Residency Panel: Medical students networked with residents and received advice on how to go about working in international health settings. This event was designed to demonstrate the wide breadth of specialties applicable to international health.

Hunger Banquet: Attendees were split in different income groups (high, middle, and low) and were served a proportional quality and quantity of food relative to their income level. A faculty member in nutrition spoke about the challenges and opportunities in addressing undernutrition and food availability problems on a global level.

World AIDS Day: A panel of experts in the field of international HIV/AIDS spoke about the history of the epidemic, recent developments in the field, and the potential for the creation of vaccinations and other treatment and prevention options.

International Summer Experiences Panel: First-year medical students gained advice from second-year medical students on how they went about planning, funding, and executing their international summer experiences.

CUIMC Student and Faculty Meet-and-Greet Event: Over 175 students and faculty members from all schools at the medical center dined together and engaged in discussion of international health efforts on campus.

We have also collaborated with various other student groups at the medical center to put on myriad events, such as film screenings, guest speakers, topical group discussions, and training sessions.