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WHO/Cochrane Collaboration/Cornell University Summer Institute for Systematic Reviews in Nutrition for Global Policy Making

July 7-18, 2014


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

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

For detailed information about this program, please visit the WHO website.

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. Financial aid is available for a limited number of participants.

Program benefits

In this program, you will:

  • update and develop your technical skills and knowledge in systematic reviews;
  • interact with experts in global policy making, nutrition, and evidence assessment; and
  • participate in the development of a systematic review on a topic of immediate global health relevance.

In the news

Summer course trains experts in WHO policies

Summer course trains experts in WHO policies

Cornell Chronicle, July 8, 2014

More than 30 nutrition experts from around the globe are gathering at Cornell July 7-18 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.


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