City Health Diplomacy

Negotiating health in an increasingly urban world

Applications for 2019 now open!

Course Dates
From 27 to 29 May 2019
Apply by 6 May 2019

CHF 1'800

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Sophie Hahn
, Project Officer
+41 (0)22 908 45 62 |

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By 2030, one in three people on the planet is projected to be living in an urban area.  The global trend of rapid urbanisation provides a unique opportunity for cities to take on a preeminent role in the provision and coordination of health services for its inhabitants. Through engaging and building alliances with different levels of actors and partners, city diplomacy for health constitutes a promising new tactic in the quest for improving the overall health and wellbeing of urban populations across the globe.

who is this programme for?


  • Health and international relations professionals in departments of international health, ministries of health, foreign affairs, and development cooperation, including diplomats with a portfolio impacting on health

  • Representatives from international, regional and non-governmental organisations

  • Professionals in the private sector, philanthropic organisations, and academia

programme objectives


  • Understand the key concepts of global health, global health diplomacy, and city diplomacy for health

  • Improve efficiency in navigating complex multi-level and multi-stakeholder environments

  • Analyse and reflect upon case studies and diplomatic processes in view to improve negotiations skills

  • Build a network of trained health diplomats and foster peer learning

programme overview


This brand-new course will seek to explore the emerging role of cities as global actors and drivers of change.  This course will:

  • Explore the challenges, complexity and opportunities of city diplomacy for health as well as its coordination in the 21st century

  • Discuss how health can be promoted and prioritised in city-level planning and policies

  • Provide examples of how cities have approached multi-stakeholder and multi-level negotiations in health, in particular how conflicts of interest are managed

  • Learn from the experiences of mayors and local authorities engaged in diplomacy for health for both city-specific and global issues

  • Reflect on the role of global health actors in supporting city health diplomacy processes

The course is highly participatory, drawing on the national and international professional experiences of participants through a multi-disciplinary learning process. It includes lectures by internationally-renowned experts and negotiators, case studies, and skill-building negotiation exercises.

duration & Location


This first edition of the Executive Course on City Health Diplomacy will take place 27-29 May 2019 at the Graduate Institute’s Villa Barton Campus.  It is a 3-day full time course and sessions normally run from 09:00 to 18:00. The course includes one evening session, to take place on Tuesday until approximately 21:00.



Tuition for attending the full programme is CHF 1,800. The tuition fee includes teaching costs, course material and the use of Graduate Institute facilities. It does not include travel and accommodation expenses nor travel, health or personal insurances. Participants are advised to contract their own insurance as the Global Health Centre and the Graduate Institute decline all responsibilities concerning medical expenses incurred during the stay in Switzerland.



Participants who complete the course will receive a certificate of attendance from the Graduate Institute. Participants have the possibility to complement the course with a research paper and earn 3 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System). This course can also be recognised as an elective course from Module 2 of the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Global Health Diplomacy.



Up to 30 participants will be admitted to the course.



Participants are responsible for their own accommodation during the course. Assistance with making hotel arrangements can be provided if requested. Further information is sent to participants upon acceptance to the course. 

pre-course information


Accepted participants will be provided access to a protected Moodle page with more detailed information prior to the start of the course.

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