Weill Cornell Medical College's Department of Public Health — chaired by Dr. Alvin I. Mushlin — is an extensive, multidisciplinary network of physicians and scientists whose research and practice influences almost every aspect of modern medicine.
To better acquaint the Medical College community with the work of the Public Health Department, Dr. Mushlin and his staff and faculty have launched a new Web site — www.med.cornell.edu/publichealth — that details its accomplishments, success and ongoing endeavors.
"Our faculty is tackling some of the top issues in public health, from disease prevention to the rising cost and variable quality of health care to important problems including drug addiction, HIV/AIDS, and bioterrorism — and our work reflects the growing need for attention to these matters," Dr. Mushlin says.
A critical function of the site is to keep the work of the department at the forefront, alerting potential collaborators and even students to current and future public health projects.
Recent news items include the announcement of a planned collaboration with Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, and an address at the Seventh World Congress of Brain Injury of the International Brain Injury Association in Lisbon, Portugal, by Dr. Joseph Fins, chief of the Division of Medical Ethics and professor of medicine, public health, and medicine in psychiatry.
"We put a lot of effort into the site because we feel people have more of a reason to understand what it is that the Public Health Department does," Dr. Mushlin said.
In addition to announcing projects and collaborations, the site offers a detailed list of faculty members, complete with career bios and recognitions. There is also an archive portion that serves as access to past department annual reports and news releases.
"This is not just a cosmetic redesign," Dr. Mushlin said. "There is much more content and that will be consistently updated."