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 to more than 1600 individuals – mostly senior-level professionals – from more than 100 countries, with a gender balance of 54% of female participants and 46% of male.

The Global Health Centre remains unique in being located within an academic institution 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 activities are designed to meet the needs of specific audiences and to reflect the ongoing debates and discussions in global health diplomacy.

Since 2017, the Global Health Centre allows participants to combine several Geneva-based executive courses in order to obtain a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Global Health Diplomacy.


Training at the GHC (flyer)

Executive Courses at the GHC

The GHC’s executive courses aim to bring together diplomatic and health professionals to understand their common interests in health as a foreign policy issue. Participants engage in a multidisciplinary learning process where they:

  • practice strategic thinking about the interface of global health;
  • 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 executive courses are usually implemented in the format of one or two yearly  five-day flagship courses providing a basic introduction to Global Health, its dynamics and major negotiations, as well as several specialised courses offering more in-depth knowledge and learning opportunity on an identified topic. The topics covered in courses typically include drug policy and public health, global health instruments, and human rights.

GHC Training Graphs


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Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Global Health

The CAS in Global Health provides the opportunity to learn about current global health issues from renowned experts and diplomats, to reflect upon the interface of global politics and domestic policies, and to navigate complex governance systems to attain better health outcomes.

Successful participants will receive an Executive Certificate (Certificate of Advanced Studies) in Global Health Diplomacy from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (15 ECTS). This certificate can be combined with other modules and programmes leading to an Executive Master.

CAS in Global Health

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.


GHC Alumni Network

The network aims to facilitate communication among participants through e-mail lists, build partnerships for the implementation of further activities and create a career network in GHD.


Dhamari Naidoo, Technical Officer at WHO, shares her experience
A conversation with Tetyana Bilyk, Senior External Relations Manager at DNDi
Dino Sepulveda, Head of the Department of Health in Chile, shares his experience
A chat with Njideka Nto, Medical Director at Mediclinic Arabian Ranches
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
GHC Executive Course
I’ve touched upon the sensitive issue of access to medicine in the field of my work, and with the knowledge acquired during the course, I will be better equipped for further discussions at the WTO.
Marine Willemetz, delegate to agriculture TRIPS, permanent mission of Switzerland to WTO and EFTA
Executive Course on Trade Intellectual Property and Health Diplomacy, 2018

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