A primary function of the Global Health Centre is to provide training and capacity building in global health diplomacy. Launched in 2007, the Global Health Centre has developed extensive experience in delivering training and education in global health diplomacy and governance, in Geneva and elsewhere, for health and international professionals from government ministries, international and non-governmental organisations, academia and the business sector at the global, regional and country level. To date, the GHC has provided capacity building for more than 1200 individuals in various multicultural contexts. Its training delivery modes include face-to-face, online and blended learning.

The Global Health Centre remains unique in being located within an academic insitution of higher education in international relations. It combines outstanding expertise, experience and methodologies that allow the delivery of a comprehensive and relevant learning package.

Training at the GHC

Executive Education at the GHC


Executive education in global health diplomacy aims to bring together diplomatic and health professionals to understand their common interests in health as a foreign policy issue.

The participants in global health diplomacy capacity building engage in a multidisciplinary learning process where they:

  • practice strategic thinking about the interface of global health and diplomacy
  • understand instruments and mechanisms for global health
  • learn about negotiating strategies from the multinational perspective;
  • enhance negotiation skills through role play
  • engage in cross-cutting themes in global health diplomacy.

The targeted audience includes decision makers and representatives from governments, international organisations, global health initiatives and other stakeholders in global governance for health, such as civil society, foundations, private sector, platforms and alliances.
The executive courses on global health diplomacy are usually implemented in form of a five-day course providing a basic introduction to GHD, its dynamics and major negotiations. The GHC also implements specialised courses offering more in-depth knowledge and learning opportunity on an identified topic.

Global Health Diplomacy in Geneva


The Global Health Centre offers executive courses on Global Health Diplomacy and Governance for:

  • Health attachés
  • Health and international relations professionals in diplomatic missions, departments of international health, ministries of foreign affairs and development cooperation
  • Staff in international and regional organisations
  • NGOs, philanthropy, universities, and the private sector

Global Health Diplomacy Worldwide


The Global Health Diplomacy worldwide training has been built on a long-term partnership approach.

Partner institutions are invited to attend the flagship course held each year in Geneva. As a result of this partnership and the involvement of both faculty and participants from partner institutions, Brazil, Kenya and Thailand have begun to develop their own courses. China, Indonesia, Sénégal, and WHO Regional Offices (for Europe and for the Eastern Mediterranean Region) have requested the Global Health Centre to collaboratively work with them to implement executive courses on Global Health Diplomacy.

These courses follow a tripartite partnership model in which the faculty is composed of members of the host country or region, the GHC, and a third country relevant to the region. This overall approach ensures both ownership as well as high relevance and impact. Cooperation also exists with partners in the USA and Canada.


Upcoming Courses

Executive Course: September 2019

Health Diplomacy and Migration

This course will address the key challenges of contemporary large-scale population movements and its interplay with health. It will familiarise participants with core concepts on migration diplomacy and governance and will introduce case studies and selected thematic areas to foster the understanding of the complexities involved. Participants will acquire practical skills and applied knowledge of health diplomacy to better understand and respond to the challenges at the interface of migration and health.

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Executive Course: 28-30 October 2019

Drug Policy, Diplomacy and Public Health

The 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem set the tone for the drug policy reform debate, but as we approach the 2019 UNGASS many fear that this tone will be lost. In this 3-day course we will explore questions such as: What should the new direction post-2019 be for the future UN governance of international drug policy? How can different actors contribute to a global process in order to ensure that drug policies improve rather than harm the health and welfare of people? What should the role of civil society and user networks be in the international debate on drug policies?

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Executive Course: November 2019

Global Health Instruments

International health instruments play an important role as tools for shaping collective responses to global health challenges. They have been under constant development and renewal for decades to address the increasing complexity of determinants and drivers of health. Further, they are closely linked to health diplomacy and governance, two other pillars of global health – as both object and outcome of multilateral and multisec­toral negotiations for health and as tools for delivering and governing health.

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Executive Course: 2-6 December 2019

Diplomatie et Santé

La santé fait aujourd’hui partie intégrante de la politique étrangère. De nouvelles compétences sont nécessaires pour négocier des accords internationaux et entretenir des relations avec un large éventail d’acteurs dans ce domaine.

Cette formation met l’accent sur les questions de santé globale qui transcendent les frontières nationales et sur la manière dont elles sont traitées par les acteurs nationaux et internationaux impliqués à différents niveaux de gouvernance. Ces enjeux de santé globale sont au cœur des préoccupations sanitaires, sécuritaires et politiques de l’Afrique et du monde francophone.

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Executive Course

Health Diplomacy and Humanitarian Space

Effective humanitarian health responses in disasters, conflict, and health crisis situations require diplomatic skills and an applied knowledge of the interplay of different response systems, its actors, and principles. Health interventions in humanitarian settings involve engaging in multiple levels and fora of diplomacy. This course is designed to help develop your competencies by deepening your understanding of core concepts, trends, and challenges of health diplomacy in humanitarian settings.

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Executive Course

Engaging in Multi-Stakeholder Diplomacy for Health

Multi-stakeholder diplomacy is evolving rapidly, not only as a key cross-cutting strategic component in international relations, but also by the magnitude of actors involved in global health. A range of stakeholders from governments, civil society organisations and the private sector play influential roles at varying stages and levels of global health diplomacy. Pressing health issues can only be addressed and solved collectively with all actors being involved. This complexity requires on the one hand, a thorough analysis and assessment of the interests and needs of each stakeholder, and on the other hand, political leadership and negotiation skills to navigate effectively diverse environments.

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Executive Course

Online: NCD Diplomacy in a Globalised World

This course will highlight the importance of a multi-actor, multi-level and multi-sector approach, stressing the need for policy coherence at national level. It is therefore a timely follow-up from the WHO Global Conference on NCDs in Montevideo held in October 2017 launched at a time when the intergovernmental preparatory process of the UN High-Level Meeting (HLM) on NCDs to be held in September 2018 has started. This third HLM Meeting on NCDs is an important milestone in the fight against the epidemics and is an equally important example for global health diplomacy.

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Executive Course

Trade, Intellectual Property & Health Diplomacy

Twenty years after the creation of the World Trade Organization,  the debate about the role of intellectual property in pharmaceutical innovation has evolved and progress has been made, for example, through increased use of licensing agreements and patent pooling, as well as through the use of the remaining political flexibilities to adapt national intellectual property systems to individual country needs. But the launch of new, high-priced treatments for hepatitis C, cancer and orphan diseases has also fuelled the debate about what constitutes a fair price. New issues have emerged, such as the lack of investment in the development of new antibiotics and treatments for pathogens with pandemic potential.

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Executive Course

Global Health Diplomacy

Diplomacy is undergoing profound changes in the 21st century – and global health is one of the areas where this is most apparent. The negotiation processes that shape and manage the global policy environment for health are increasingly conducted not only between public health experts representing health ministries of nation states but include many other major players at the national level and in the global arena. The course focuses on health diplomacy as it relates to health issues that transcend national boundaries as well as how they are being addressed by different groups and at different levels of governance.

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GHC Alumni


More than 1200 people worldwide have attended training courses run by the GHC. These alumni are able to join the GHC Alumni Network to access course material and the alumni contact list.

If you are an alumni, contact us to join the Alumni Network, get involved and keep us updated!

The network aims to:

  • facilitate communication and networking among participants through e-mail lists
  • build appropriate partnerships for the implementation of further activities
  • create a career network in GHD


An Interview with Maria Teresa Bejarano Marin, Senior Project Manager at ReAct, Uppsala University
Rajiv Tandon of India shares his experiences at the GHP
A chat with Ikenna Nwegbe, Technical Assistant to the Honorable Miniser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Marie Chantal Messier from Canada talks about Global Health Diplomacy and her GHP course