Global Health Diplomacy

Negotiating health in an interdependent world

Applications for 2019 now open!

Course Dates
From 17 to 21 Jun. 2019
Apply by 26 May 2019

CHF 2'800

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

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As health moves beyond its purely technical realm to become an ever more critical element in foreign policy, security policy and trade agreements, new skills are needed to navigate the political landscape, to maintain relations with a wide range of diverse stakeholders, and to negotiate health concerns amidst different interests. This course focuses on health diplomacy as it relates to current health issues that transcend national boundaries and that must be addressed at different levels of governance.

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 in global health, global health diplomacy and governance for health within a changing political environment

  • Gain insights into current global health policy challenges at various levels

  • Analyse and reflect upon case studies and diplomatic processes in order to improve negotiation skills

  • Link and expand your own professional background with theoretical knowledge and the experiences of peers

programme highlights


The course explores a wide range of issues for global health diplomacy with a new thematic emphasis each year. It includes a high-level introduction to health and foreign policy and is followed by sessions on:

  • The actors, stakeholders and interest groups involved in global health governance and diplomacy

  • Key methods, processes, venues and governance mechanisms to address current global health challenges

  • The dynamics of global health negotiations

  • Cross-cutting issues and their interface with health

  • Coordination for global health at the national and regional levels and new approaches to policy coherence

duration & location


The Executive Course on Global Health Diplomacy runs every June in Geneva, at the Graduate Institute’s Villa Barton Campus.  It is a 5-day full time course and sessions normally run from 9:00 to 18:00. The course includes one evening session, generally on Wednesday.



Tuition for attending the full programme is CHF 2,800. 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 4 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System). This course can also be recognised as the basic mandatory module for the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Global Health Diplomacy.



Up to 30 participants are admitted to the course each year.



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 course.

speakers for the 2018 edition included


  • Laetitia Bigger - Director, Vaccines Policy, International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations

  • Susan Brown - Director of Public Policy, Gavi The Vaccine Alliance

  • Tea Collins - Adviser, The WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs, Office of the Assistant Director General, Non-communicable Diseases and Mental Health, World Health Organization

  • Katherine Deland - Founder, Deland Associates; Senior Fellow, Global Health Centre, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

  • Furio Honsell - Former Mayor Udine, Italy, Councilor in the Regional Assembly of Friuli Venezia Giulia Region

  • Marie-Paule Kieny - Director of Research at Inserm (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale)

  • Lindiwe Makubalo - Health Expert, South African Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office and other International Organisations in Geneva

  • María Neira - Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organization

  • Canice Nolan - Minister Counselor, Health and Food Safety, EU Delegation to the United Nations in Geneva

  • Carole Presern - Head of the Office of Board Affairs, Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

  • Sumit Seth - First Secretary and Head of Chancery, Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva

  • Santino Severoni - Coordinator of Public Health and Migration, Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being, World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe

  • Dudley Tarlton - Programme Specialist, Policy and Programme Support, United Nations Development Programme

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