Global Health Diplomacy

Negotiating health in an interdependent world


Course Dates
June 2020

CHF 2'800

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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

Course Programme 2019

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 2019 edition included


  • Bruce Aylward - Senior Advisor to the Director General, World Health Organization
  • Vanessa Candeias - Head, Shaping the Future of Health and Healthcare, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum
  • Ibadat Dhillon - Technical Officer, Department of Health Workforce, World Health Organization
  • Carlos Dora - Former Coordinator, Global Work on Health Impacts of Sector Policies, World Health Organization; Visiting Professor Mailman School of Public Health Columbia University
  • André Doren - External Relations Senior Strategist, Global Polio Eradication Initiative, World Health Organization
  • Elaine Fletcher - Managing Editor, Health Policy Watch
  • Madeleine Heyward - Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva
  • Hans-Peter Jugel - Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Office of the United Nations and to the other International Organizations in Geneva
  • Tereza Kasaeva - Director, Global Tuberculosis (TB) Programme, World Health Organization
  • Nora Kronig Romero - Vice-Director General, Federal Office of Public Health; Head, International Affairs Division
  • Susana Martinez Schmickrath - Lead, Inter-Agency Collaboration, World Health Organization
  • Lucinda O'Hanlon - Advisor on Women’s Rights, Women's Rights and Gender Section, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Julio Pinto - Animal Health Officer, Animal Production and Health Division, Food and Agriculture Organization Liaison Office with the United Nations
  • Paola Salwan Daher - Senior Global Advocacy Advisor, Geneva Office of the Center for Reproductive Rights
  • Thomas Schwarz - Executive Secretary, Medicus Mundi International and Geneva Global Health Hub (MMI Mandate)
  • Gaudenz Silberschmidt - Director, Health and Multilateral Partnerships; External Relations cluster, World Health Organization
  • Steven Solomon - Principal Legal Officer for Governing Bodies, World Health Organization
  • Carlos Van der Laat - Migrants Health Assistance Programme Coordinator, International Organization for Migration

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