Switzerland, Geneva

Global Health & Human Rights

when 26 June 2017 - 7 July 2017
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee CHF 2300

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.


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.


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.

Course leader

Professor Emmanuel Kabengele
Institute of Global Health
University of Geneva

Dr. Jennifer Hasselgard-Rowe
Institute of Global Health
University of Geneva

Course aim

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

Credits info

6 ECTS
Participants will be provided with a Certificate of Completion of the course if they satisfy attendance and evaluation requirements. It is the participant’s responsibility to verify the validity of the course and validate it at their home university prior to participating in the course.

Fee info

CHF 2300: Tuiton Fees do not include housing or travel.