The Global Health Programme (GHP) was founded in spring 2008 as an integral part of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Being one of the first institutions dedicated to international relations and development, GHP has been serving as the leading global organisation in the nexus of health and other sectors, such as foreign policy, trade and development. GHP has built partnerships with a wide-range of various actors at international, regional and national levels, both for research and capacity building activities. In 2015, GHP was recognised as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Health Governance and Global Health Diplomacy. In 2016, the Global Health Programme transitioned into the Global Health Centre in order to expand its activities, especially in research areas.
The strategic location of the Programme in Geneva – the ‘global health capital of the world’ – and in Switzerland, including the support of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, has been instrumental for positioning the Global Health Centre globally.