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Short Course: Introduction to Innovation & Access to Medicines in Global Health

International Geneva Global Health Platform
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In-person only: Geneva Graduate Institute, Maison de la paix

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Course Description

This course offers a concise, high-level, in-person introduction to the complex topic of innovation and access to medicines. The course is designed for global health professionals interested in developing their knowledge of both technical and political aspects of the subject. The course also offers participants opportunities to meet others working on related topics. It is offered by the International Geneva Global Health Platform at the Global Health Centre, in partnership with Unitaid. It is a pilot course for 2023, and is being offered free of charge.


Questions the course will address:

  • Historical origins: What are the origins of the current system?
  • Actors: Who are the main actors shaping innovation and access to medicines? What is the relevant global health architecture? 
  • Key concepts: What can be meant by “innovation” and “access” to medicines? What are different understandings of these key terms? 
  • Barriers and interventions: What prevents people from benefiting from new medicines? What interventions can address the need for innovation, availability, quality, affordability, supply and delivery, demand, and adoption at scale?
  • Current topics: What are the main issues on the current political agenda?

The course will be taught by faculty from the Geneva Graduate Institute and other leading subject matter experts. 


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Course Details

  • The course will take place on 16-17 November 2023, 9:00-13:00 CET (total of 8 hours) and in person on the campus of the Geneva Graduate Institute.
  • Participants are expected to attend both days of the course in order to receive a Certificate of Course Completion issued by the Global Health Centre.
  • A maximum of 25 participants can attend to preserve the interactive nature of the course.
  • The course will be conducted in English.
  • There is no course fee, but participants traveling from outside Geneva must cover their own travel and accommodation costs.
  • Deadline to Apply: Monday 9 October 2023 (midnight CEST). 
  • Applicants will be notified of the result of the selection process on a rolling basis, and at the latest by 18 October 2023. 

To Apply, complete this application form


Application requirements:

  • A short statement of motivation: Explain your motivation for participating in this course, and how you expect the course to contribute to your work: Maximum 300 words
  • Information on your recent professional and/or educational experiences
  • The name and contact information for one professional reference

Applications will be selected based on the following criteria

  • Strength of the statement of motivation;
  • At least one relevant work experience with work responsibilities pertaining to Global Health and/or participation in policy-making negotiations;
  • Ability to participate in the course fully and in person;
  • Regional, organisational and gender diversity.


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The International Geneva Global Health Platform at the Global Health Centre, in partnership with Unitaid.

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