Health Diplomacy and Migration

Addressing the complexity of migration from a health perspective

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Course Dates
From 30 Sep. to 2 Oct. 2019
Apply by 19 Aug. 2019

CHF 1'800

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Sophie Hahn
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Many different forms of migration exist and human mobility shapes global health, impacting on domestic and foreign policies of sending, transition and receiving countries. The health of migrants is influenced by these different policies and legal frameworks but also by the practices surrounding migration. Yet, the act of migration alone does not cause any disease. Rather, the socioeconomic, political, cultural and environmental conditions connected to the act of migration can impact on health and the vulnerability to disease. National health systems are often put under pressure to respond to large-scale movements and diplomacy comes into play to find cross-border, collective solutions. Health can serve as an entry point for these diplomatic actions and new governance mechanisms need to be negotiated to respond appropriately to migration crises.

who is this programme for?


  • Migration professionals with a particular interest or focus on health

  • Health and international relations professionals in departments of international health, ministries of foreign affairs and development cooperation

  • Health attachés and diplomats with a portfolio linked to health or migration

  • Representatives from international, regional and non-governmental organisations

  • Professionals in philanthropic organisations, the private sector and academia

programme objectives


  • Understand key migration concepts and trends in their intersections with health diplomacy and governance

  • Gain insights into existing mechanisms and policies linked to health and migration and the impact of the changing political context related to these policies

  • Enhance participants’ negotiation skills through a differentiated analysis of actors and their interests, as well as by immersing into a migration-related simulation

  • 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. The course will:

  • Assess the impact of migration on health and the achievement of the SDGs

  • Introduce and analyse the legal instruments and governance mechanisms used at the interface of health and migration, among others, the Global Compact on Migration and Human Rights

  • Explore the challenges involved in providing and ensuring access to health services to all migrants

  • Reflect on migration and health in conflict settings and its impact on the neighboring countries

  • Experience and learn negotiation skills through a migration-related negotiation scenario, including the challenges to reconcile different political perspectives

duration & location


The Executive Course on Health Diplomacy and Migration is a 3-day full time course held at the Graduate Institute’s Villa Barton Campus.  Sessions normally run from 09:00 to 18:00. Participants will take part to an evening negotiation simulation exercise.

The course will take place at the Graduate Institute, Villa Barton, Rue de Lausanne 132, Geneva.



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 (European Credit Transfer System). This course can also be recognised as one of the optional courses for Module 2 of the Graduate Institute’s Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Global Health Diplomacy.



Up to 20 participants are 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.

speaker for the 2017 edition included


  • Dr. Manuel Carballo - Executive Director, International Centre for Migration, Health and Development

  • Dr. Lasha Goguadze - Senior Health Officer, Health Department, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

  • Dr. Edward Kelley - Director, Department of Service Delivery and Safety, World Health Organization

  • Ms. Michele LeVoy - Director, Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants

  • Mr. Julio César Mercado - Minister, Permanent Mission of the Argentine Republic to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva

  • Dr. Davide Mosca - Director, Migration Health Division, International Organization for Migration

  • Dr. Pia Oberoi - Advisor, Migration and Human Rights, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

  • Mr. George William Okoth-Obbo - Assistant High Commissioner for Operations, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

  • Ms. Aurélie Ponthieu - Humanitarian Specialist; Team Lader, Forced Migration Unit, Médecins sans Frontières Brussels

  • Ms. Tiziana Quarta-Bonzon - Global Lead, Migration and Displacement, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

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

  • Ms. Jacqueline Weekers - Senior Migration Health Policy Advisor, Migration Health Division, International Organization for Migration

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