Cornell University, Division of Nutritional Sciences

Position ID:Cornell-DNS-SI2024 [#26852]
Position Title: WHO/Cochrane/Cornell Summer Institute
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States Minor Outlying Islands [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Nutrition
Appl Deadline:none
Position Description:    

WHO/Cochrane/Cornell University Summer Institute
2024, Cornell University, Ithaca campus


This unique Institute offers a combination of online and in-person learning. In 2024, the Institute format includes two weeks of online interactions, mostly self-directed work, that can be tailored by each person to fit their schedule. The online preparation brings all participants to a common starting point, which prepares us to maximize training during the in-person week on the Cornell University Ithaca campus. The Institute brings together experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), Cochrane, and Cornell University to train participants in the development of systematic reviews of nutrition interventions in populations.  We have excellent outcomes, and Institute participants have contributed to producing reviews that inform global guidelines. 

In 2024, the Institute format includes two online weeks followed by an immersive in-person week on the Cornell University Ithaca campus. Over the Institute, participants will need to reserve consecutive days of with time available for the training. During the weeks of July 1-14 you will need about 2-4 hours/day for asynchronous online training; there will be two to three total hours of synchronous meetings or work sessions over this time. Finally, the immersive and in-person sessions will be held from July 29-August 2 at Cornell University’s Ithaca Campus in upstate New York. 

Further details are available on the Institute's website (

Systematic reviews following the Cochrane methodology are used to ensure that WHO recommendations are based on sound evidence. Participants will learn Cochrane methods including how 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 an interest in the application of scientific evidence in policymaking. Candidates must have a university degree in health or social sciences with an interest in nutrition interventions for public health and be willing to be co-authors on a Cochrane review.

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

Program benefits

In this program, you will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • develop and update your technical skills and knowledge in systematic reviews of nutrition and nutrition-sensitive interventions;
  • build an understanding of the process for global policymaking in 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; 
  • develop confidence with the review methods and foster the development of professional networks with fellow participants and faculty.
If you are interested in attending the program, please apply using this portal and submit the following materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae (upload, see below)
  • Complete the survey using the following external link to access the survey:
  • Two letters of reference that specifically address your research and technical skills and your readiness for the Institute (upload, see below)
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Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:

Further Info:
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Cornell University
Division of Nutritional Sciences
Savage Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853