Programme details and objectives
“Global health” refers to the trans-national distribution of diseases and their social, environmental, political and commercial determinants, the trans-national efforts to address them, and how they play out in the everyday lives of people. Geneva offers a unique, privileged entry-point into the global health system, which is currently anchored around the WHO, which is embedded within a complex ecosystem of public and private organisations, governed by a dense set of international norms, rules and laws.
This is also a pivotal moment in global health, as the pandemic has revealed global fault-lines and geopolitical re-configurations while constituting on-going political and technical challenges at a historically unprecedented scale. The existential threat of climate change, and the promise and threat of digital transformation, has raised the stakes for global health and will require a new generation of leaders, truly representative of our global diversity, able to address these challenges.
The specialisation offers core training in global health governance, political analysis, diplomacy and negotiation. Our “gateway” course will address key issues (including health equity, the right to health, and global health security), paying attention to the fault lines in the multiple dimensions and purposes of global health.
At the core of these issues is governance, and you will explore the relevance of its history, meaning and methods to understanding and addressing global health issues today. Our interdisciplinary approach draws on anthropology, sociology, economics, law, international relations and political science, international history and politics.