Overview

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This unique institute on the Cornell University campus brings together experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), Cochrane, Cornell University, and the Micronutrient Initiative to train participants in the development of systematic reviews of nutrition interventions in populations.

Systematic reviews following the Cochrane methodology are used to ensure that WHO recommendations are based on sound evidence. Participants will learn to apply the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) tool to assess the overall quality of evidence.

Who should attend

The institute is intended for nutrition scientists and practitioners with interest in the application of scientific evidence in policy making. Candidates must have a university degree in health or social sciences with interest in nutrition interventions for public health and be willing to be registered as authors in a Cochrane Group.

Applications from women and from nationals of low- and middle-income countries are particularly encouraged.

Program benefits

In this program, you will:

  • update and develop your technical skills and knowledge in systematic reviews of nutrition and nutrition-sensitive interventions;
  • build understanding of the process for global policy making, nutrition, and evidence assessment and its challenges;
  • complete hands-on training in the development of Cochrane systematic reviews on a topic of immediate global health relevance in nutrition and public health; and
  • develop confidence with the review methods and foster development of professional networks with fellow participants and faculty

In the news

Summer course trains experts in WHO policies, Institute launched in 2014

The following article from the Cornell Chronicle, published July 8, 2014, describes our experiences in the first year of the Institute. The 2016 Summer Institute is our 3rd Institute: visit the website again soon to see a description of the impact of the Institute in terms of publications.

More than 30 nutrition experts from around the globe gathered at Cornell July 7-18, 783_752014, for hands-on training in World Health Organization (WHO) procedures to retrieve, summarize and assess reliable, current evidence to inform WHO’s recommendations for nutrition and public health policy.

Read the full article