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What is global health diplomacy?

Global heath diplomacy is a new emerging interdisciplinary field, bridging  public health and international affairs to coordinate global health action. It encompasses a wide variety of health issues and engages with all levels of government, civil society and the private sector, as well as collaborating with other non-health related sectors to solve complex global health problems.

Importance of Global Health Diplomacy

Global health diplomacy facilitates coordinated action to adapt to global health crisis and  improve global health outcomes. This course will develop important skills that will allow its learners to improve and build capacity in global health diplomacy, both in Canada and globally.

Training in Global Health Diplomacy

Executive Course in Global Health Diplomacy 2022 BROCHURE

The Centre for Global Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health’s Executive Course on Global Health Diplomacy is back for a second year. In collaboration with the Office of International Affairs for the Health Portfolio, Government of Canada and working with the Graduate Institute Geneva – Global Health Centre, 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.

About The Course

  1. What skills will I learn?
    • By the end of the course, learners will be able to:
      • Articulate and analyze the theories and practices of global health diplomacy as it relates to COVID-19 and other current health issues
      • Apply diplomacy, negotiation, communication, and analytical skills to global health negotiations

2. What is the course format?

    • This year’s course will take place along the following timelines:
      • Module 1 – ONLINE – January 17, 2022 – March 18, 2022
      • Module 2 – ONLINE – March 21, 2022 – May 20, 2022
      • Module 3 – IN-PERSON – June 6-8, 2022*

*Please note: Module 3 is planned as an in-person component but may be adapted to an online format due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

3. Will certificates be provided?

    • A Certificate of completion will be provided to participants

4. Is there information from previous course offerings that I can review?

5. Who can I contact if I have more questions:

    • For additional information please contact the Centre for Global Health at

Prospective Learners

  1. Who should take the 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, or 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 global health?

    • 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 language requirements?

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


  1. Important Dates and deadlines
REGISTRATION OPEN Monday, October 4, 2021
APPLICATION DEADLINE Friday, November 19, 2021 @ 11:59 ET

2. How do I apply?

    • To apply, please download the Application Form and send to along with your CV by Friday, November 19, 2021 @ 11:59 ET (please send as one pdf saved under the following name format:   “firstname_lastname – GHD Application 2021-22.pdf”)
    • Application requirements:
      • Statement of Interests detailing your interests in the course and how it relates to your career development
      • CV

3. What is the registration fee for the course?

    • Registration for the course is $1300 CAD + HST. Tuition fees include online and 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. In-person expenses are to be self-funded by participants.

4. Is there financial assistance provided?

    • A small number of subsidies are available to participants with demonstrated financial need (e.g. participants residing in a low- and middle-income country). Applicants who wish to be considered for financial assistance should indicate this in their application form and are encouraged to contact directly for further information.

Global Health Diplomacy News & Updates

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Global Health Diplomacy Resources

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Contact Us

For additional information please contact the Centre for Global Health at