Course Announcement

The Centre for Global Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH) is pleased to announce the launch of its Executive Course on Global Health Diplomacy. Now more than ever, professionals working in health and health-related fields are required to interact and negotiate across many sectors of society to tackle a range of important health issues. The COVID-19 pandemic is an illustration of the transnational nature of health and the need for coordinated action among global forces to achieve impact in the lives of people.

In collaboration with the Office of International Affairs for the Health Portfolio, and working with the Graduate Institute Geneva, this executive training course is the first-of-its-kind in Canada. Designed for professionals working in health or health-related sectors, this course will explore the theory and practice of global health diplomacy as it relates to COVID-19 and other current health issues, while offering a uniquely Canadian approach.

This blended learning course will take place online from November 2020 – May 2021 and in-person from June 7-9*, 2021, in Toronto, Canada.

*Please Note: The dates of the in-person session are subject to change and may occur earlier in the year, pending the current COVID-19 situation. 

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About The Course

The course explores a wide range of issues in global health diplomacy, with an emphasis on current affairs and urgent global health issues, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

It includes a high-level introduction to health and foreign policy and includes sessions on:

  • The actors involved in shaping global health governance and diplomacy
  • Key methods, processes, venues and governance mechanisms to address current global health challenges
  • Cross-cutting issues and their interface with health
  • Coordination for global health at various levels of governance and new approaches to policy coherence

Participants will learn about the dynamics of global health negotiations and will engage in discussions, case studies and simulations to improve negotiation skills.


Dr. Garry Aslanyan

Adjunct Professor, DLSPH, University of Toronto and Manager, Partnerships and Governance, TDR, World Health Organization

Erica Di Ruggiero

Dr. Erica Di Ruggiero

Associate Professor, DLSPH, University of Toronto and Director of the Centre for Global Health, DLSPH, University of Toronto


Speakers will include faculty from the University of Toronto and representatives from the World Health Organization, the Office of International Affairs, Government of Canada and the Graduate Institute Geneva.

Featured speakers for Summer 2021 include:

Prof. Haik Nikogosian

Senior Fellow, Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva (Switzerland), and Former Head of Secretariat, WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

Dr. Jillian Kohler

Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, DLSPH & Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Governance, Transparency and Accountability in the Pharmaceutical Sector

Dr. Ross Upshur

Professor & Division Head, Clinical Public Health & DLSPH

Who Is The Program For?

The course is designed for professionals working in health or health-related sectors, such as:

  • Diplomats, policy advisors, managers and leaders working in government
  • Professionals working in health, international relations, economics, management, international law, security, whose portfolios intersect with global health
  • Professionals working for NGOs, philanthropic organizations, the private sector, academia & multilateral organizations
  • Professionals in cross-disciplines interested in learning more about linkages to global health

Duration & Location

  • Module 1: ONLINE | Immersing into Global Health Diplomacy | Nov 2020 – Jan 2021
  • Module 2: ONLINE | Individual Global Health Diplomacy Training | Feb 2021 – May 2021
  • Module 3: IN-PERSON | Skill-building: Global Health Diplomacy Negotiations | Jun 7-9, 2021*

Module 3 will be a full-time course held at the DLSPH. Sessions normally run from 09:00 to 18:00, with a negotiation simulation being held the evening of June 8, 2021.

*Please Note: The dates of the in-person session are subject to change and may occur earlier in the year, pending the current COVID-19 situation. 

Registration Fees

Registration for the course is $1000 CAD.

A small number of subsidies are available to participants with demonstrated financial need (e.g., students, participants residing in a low- and middle-income country). Please contact us if you would like to register but the cost is prohibitive.

Tuition fees include on-site course materials, teaching expenses, and food and beverage costs. It does not include travel and accommodation expenses, nor travel, health, or personal insurances for the on-site module. Assistance with making hotel arrangements can be provided, if requested.


A certificate of completion will be provided to participants.


Registration will open in September 2020. A registration page will be available at that time.


For further inquiries, applicants are invited to contact the Centre for Global Health at