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June 26 - July 7, 2017 (2 weeks on site + 1 week preparation on remote)

Registration for this course is closed.

Course description

Global Health and Human Rights will define the theoretical foundations of human rights and their links to global health; introduce students to the existing human rights protection mechanisms; explore the organisation and functioning of health systems at the local and global levels; and address various public health issues where global health and human rights collide.

The course will also include visits to or teaching by professionals from WHO (World Health Organization), UN-OHCHR (United Nations Office of the High Commissionner for Human Rights), IOM (International Organization for Migration), ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross), among other organizations. 

Learning Objectives

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

  • Define the basic concepts of human rights and global health
  • Analyse and explain the links between global health and human rights
  • Identify the primary international human rights law instruments of importance to health  

By the end of the course, the participants should be familiar with:

  • The impact of globalization on the health of populations
  • Health and human rights challenges UN Agencies are confronted with
  • The application of public health tools to the surveillance of human rights implementation

By the end of the training module, the participants should be able to:

  • Integrate Global Health and Human Rights issues into professional practice
  • Promote human rights in the field of public and community health


The Summer School will be validated through attendance, participation, group work and presentations

After completion of the course, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva.

Credits: Equivalence of 6 ECTS (European Credits Transfer)

Programme and Orientation

The programme is organized in 2 different thematic weeks which include lectures and group work with a specific focus on a key priorities of global health and human rights.

UN agencies and top experts in health and human rights will be presenting different aspects of global health, of human rights and of policy issues

Please note: Changes to the draft program may be made at any time prior to the start of the course.

Tuition Fees

UNIGE students: 400 CHF

Others: 2,000 CHF

Faculty & Staff

Course Director:

Institute of Global Health
University of Geneva
Course Coordinator:
Institute of Global Health
University of Geneva

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