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***REGISTRATION for 2020/21 is CLOSED***

The DEADLINE for application form submission was Wednesday, September 30, 2020. For general inquiries please e-mail globalhealth.dlsph@utoronto.ca

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 course will take place online from November 2020-June 11, 2021

Please note: The 2020-21 course was originally planned as a blended learning course (online and in-person), but has been adapted due to the 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.

Co-Directors

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Dr. Garry Aslanyan

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

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Dr. Erica Di Ruggiero

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

Speakers

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:

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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

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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

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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: ONLINE| Skill-building: Global Health Diplomacy Negotiations | June 9-11, 2021*

*Please note: Module 3 was originally planned as an in-person component of the 2020-21 course, but has been adapted to an online format due to the 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.

Certificate

A certificate of completion will be provided to participants.

Application

Full Registration

****Official Registration is now closed***

FAQs

About the course

  1. Who should take this course?

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

2. Do I need a background in health or global health to take this course?

A background in health or global health is not a prerequisite to participate in the course. Although the course will be touching upon issues related to global health, the primary intent of the course is to better understand the place of health in negotiations and to build the skills required to engage in cross-sectoral dialogue on an international level.

3.  Are there more details available on the course curriculum?

An overview of the course syllabus is available here.

4. What is the time commitment for this course?

Suggested time commitments per module are listed in the course syllabus, available here.

As this course is aimed at working professionals, modules 1 and 2 will largely be self-guided to allow flexible scheduling on the part of participants to accommodate working hours and various time zones. Both module 1 and 2 will require participants to attend two (2) live lectures, that will be approximately 1.5hrs in length each.

Module 3 will consist of 3 full days onsite at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Canada.

5. How will participants be assessed throughout the course?

There will be a strong emphasis on application, as the main aim of the course is to develop practical skills in global health negotiations. Assessment will rely on participation in group discussions and case study learning in small and large groups.

6. Are there language requirements?

While course content and discussions will be delivered in English, additional support/assistance can be provided by course Directors and Coordinator for attendees wishing to receive clarification in French, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Russian.

Registration & Financial Considerations

7. How do I register and what are the application requirements?

Full Registration will open September 2020, and will require completion of a Course Application Form, that will include a statement of interest. Registrants will also be required to submit a CV.

Course registrations will be notified mid-October of their acceptance.

8. Do you provide financial assistance?

A discounted rate may be provided for those requiring financial assistance. Please be sure to note this in your Expression of Interest Form and/or please contact the ghoffice.dlsph@utoronto.ca directly, for further follow-up.

9. What if I cannot make the in-person part of the course, due to travel restriction, etc.?

The course organizing committee continues to monitor COVID-19 measures and will update participants as soon as new information becomes available. Plans to hold Module 3 in-person remain, although every effort will be made to ensure equitable access to Module 3 should circumstances change.

The Learning Experience 

10. How does an online/in-person course work?

The Executive Course on Global Health Diplomacy is a hybrid course, consisting of online and in-person components. The digital platform of choice for online delivery of the course is Zoom. Participants will need to meet the technical requirements to support this software before the course begins.

To facilitate communication during the online components of the course, the following venues for communication will be provided:

  • Communicating with course Faculty: Faculty will hold 1-on-1 Clinics (15min) by request, for participants wishing to connect one-on-one with a course faculty or case reviewer over course content.
  • Communicating with course Case Mentors: Case mentors will hold Mentor-Guided Discussions over Zoom for each case study group.
  • Communicating with course Participants: Participants will have access to a Zoom Café. Participants may wish to drop-in during these Zoom Café sessions to discuss course content, group projects, etc. with other participants.

Contact

For further inquiries, applicants are invited to contact the Centre for Global Health at globalhealth.dlsph@utoronto.ca.