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Negotiating health in an interdependent world

As health moves beyond its purely technical realm to become an ever more critical element in foreign policy, security policy, and trade agreements, new skills are needed to negotiate global regimes, international agreements and treaties, and to maintain relations with a wide range of stakeholders. This course focuses on health diplomacy as it relates to health issues that transcend national boundaries and are global in nature. The course discusses the challenges facing health diplomacy and how they are being addressed by different groups and at different levels of governance.

This 8-week interactive course is jointly organised by the Global Health Programme (GHP) at the Graduate Institute Geneva and DiploFoundation. Course curriculum was developed by the GHP, led by Professor Ilona Kickbusch.

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ECTS credits: 4
Mode(s) of study: Certificate - Credit

Lecturers

Ms Michaela Told

Michaela Told is currently Executive Director of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. Prior to moving into academia, she has been working more than 10 years with t...

Dr Graham Lister

Graham Lister MSc, PhD, is a sociologist and economist with an international reputation for work on health policy and value for money. He has worked in 25 countries across Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia with WHO, DfID, DH, ...

Professor Mihály Kökény

Professor Mihály Kökény, M.D., PhD. (1950), former Hungarian Minister of Health, trained for medicine, cardiology, health care management and political sciences. He joined the staff of the Hungarian health ministry in 1979. ...

Course details

Negotiating health in an interdependent world

As health moves beyond its purely technical realm to become an ever more critical element in foreign policy, security policy, and trade agreements, new skills are needed to negotiate global regimes, international agreements and treaties, and to maintain relations with a wide range of stakeholders. This course focuses on health diplomacy as it relates to health issues that transcend national boundaries and are global in nature. The course discusses the challenges facing health diplomacy and how they are being addressed by different groups and at different levels of governance.

This 8-week interactive course is jointly organised by the Global Health Programme (GHP) at the Graduate Institute Geneva and DiploFoundation. Course curriculum was developed by the GHP, led by Professor Ilona Kickbusch.

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Present the field of global health diplomacy, its history, recent development and key challenges.
  • Identify and define key concepts in global health, global health diplomacy and global health governance.
  • Discuss key cross-cutting issues of global health in relation to foreign policy, trade, climate change, human rights and other related disciplines.
  • Analyse case studies and negotiation processes at the national, regional and global levels.
  • Review examples of national and global health strategies.

Course outline

The course includes the following modules:

Module 1: Introduction and Orientation to Online Learning
Module 2: Global Health Diplomacy, Evolution and History
Module 3: Health and Foreign Policy
Module 4: Actors, Stakeholders and Interests in Global Health
Module 5: Global Health Governance
Module 6: Key Lessons for Successful Global Health Negotiations
Module 7: Policy Coherence at National Level
Module 8: Conclusions and Wrap-up  

Option for obtaining ECTS credits from the Graduate Institute, Geneva

Applicants to this course may opt to fulfill additional requirements and pay a supplementry fee in order to obtain a Certificate of Credits from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies signed by the Director of the Global Health Programme and the Director of Executive Education at the Graduate Institute. The Certificate of Credits is equivalent to 4 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits. These credits may be transferable to another institution/programme of study, depending on the policy of that institution.

 

This course will be of interest to health attachés and health and international relations professionals in departments of international health, ministries of health, and foreign affairs and development cooperation. It may also be of interest to staff in international and regional organisations, NGOs, philanthropic organisations, universities and the private sector, and well as to post-graduate level students of international health or international relations.

This course is conducted entirely online over a period of eight weeks. It is highly participatory, drawing on the national and international professional experiences of participants through a multi-disciplinary learning process.

Each module includes a text providing substantive information on the weekly topic, reading materials, video clips/Internet links and other resource materials, serving as a basis for discussion. Participation will be encouraged through hypertext comments, short quizzes, and a weekly online discussion session (via a chat room) designed to allow participants to demonstrate their understanding, share experience and stimulate thinking. Participants will be asked to write a course assignment, consisting of a policy breifing paper, in order to complete the course successfully.

The course requires seven to ten hours of study time per week.

Participants who successfully complete all course activities will receive a course certificate issued by DiploFoundation and the Graduate Institute.

Additional requirements to obtain the Certificate of Credits

  • Full completion of all online course requirements (participation in weekly discussion via hypertext entries on weekly lecture texts, participation in weekly online discussion sessions, successful completion of weekly quizzes, and successful completion of the course assignment).
  • Co-chairing at least one online discussion session together with the designated tutor or guest expert.
  • Completion of a policy research paper of 5000 words on a topic related to the course content and chosen in mutual agreement with the Director of the Global Health Programme. The research paper should be submitted by one month after the end of the online course. The research paper will be evaluated by the Director of the Global Health Programme or an expert designated by the Director. In order to qualify for the Certificate of Credits, the paper must receive a grade of at least 4 on a marking scale ranging from 0 to 6 (equivalent of 60% on a marking scale ranging from 0% to 100%).

All course applicants must have regular access to the Internet (dial-up connection is sufficient, although broadband is preferable).

Applicants for certificate courses must have:

  • An undergraduate university degree; or at least two years of relevant work experience.
  • Sufficient ability in the English language to undertake postgraduate level studies (including reading academic texts, discussing complex concepts with other course participants, and preparing written texts).
  • Sufficient time for online study, which requires seven to ten hours per week.

 

The fee for this course is €950 per participant, due upon acceptance into the course.

The supplementary fee for participants who wish to obtain the Certificate of Credits is €250. If a participant does not complete the policy research paper by the given deadline, or does not obtain the necessary score on the research paper, he or she will receive the course certificate issued by DiploFoundation and the Graduate Institute. The supplementary fee cannot be refunded.

 

To apply, please fill out the online application form for this course. Late applications will be considered as long as places remain in the course.

Please upload a current CV and a motivation statement of maximum 300 words with your application. Your motivation statement should indicate:

  • your relevant professional and educational background, including your personal objectives and plans for the future;
  • reasons for your interest in this course;
  • why you feel you should be selected to participate in this course: how your participation will benefit you, your institution and/or your country.

These are required documents and your application will not be considered without them. Late applications will be considered only if places remain in the course. In case of enquiries, please contact us at admissions@diplomacy.edu.

The application form provides a space for you to indicate if you are interested in obtaining the Certificate of Credits.

Selection process

DiploFoundation and the Graduate Institute will select up to 25 qualified participants to attend this course. Preference will be given to applicants currently working in the health diplomacy field. Selected applicants will be notified after the application deadline.

Contact admissions

DiploFoundation (attn Tanja Nikolic)

Anutruf, Ground Floor
Hriereb Street
Msida, MSD 1675, Malta
Tel: +356 21 333 323; Fax: +356 21 315 574
admissions@diplomacy.edu

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