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  • Locations: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Program Terms: Spring Travel, Summer Travel
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
Duke School of Public Policy

The Global Health Fellows track is designed to equip students to join in the fight against HIV/AIDS, the Zika virus, tuberculosis, malaria, and other pressing health challenges. The program will provide students with both an academic and experiential perspective on how intergovernmental institutions, public-private partnerships, and non-governmental organizations shape global health policy.

The Global Health track combines internships with an intensive course entitled “PubPol860: Aid stagnation, shifting disease burdens, and the SDGs: how will global health meet these challenges?” providing students a unique opportunity to learn first-hand how global health policy is formulated and implemented.

The program is open to graduate students attending schools of public policy, public health and medicine. We also accept a limited number of exceptional undergraduate students.

Please email with any questions regarding this program.

Program Structure
The Global Health track requires a minimum commitment of nine weeks. Program components include placement in a health policy-related internship for a minimum of eight weeks (longer internships preferred), and the required five-day intensive course on “Prevent, Detect, Respond: Understanding Security and Global Health.” Global Health Fellows will also belong to a cohort of other fellows from a diverse range of backgrounds who share a common interest in global health. To apply to be a Global Health Fellow with the Duke Program on Global Policy and Governance, please refer to the How to Apply page.

Policy Internship
All Fellows work in a Geneva-based policy internship, where they gain useful experience contributing to program and policy-making in global health. Some Fellows help to prepare policy briefings and meetings; others conduct gap-filling research. From building databases and interviewing stakeholders to synthesizing literature and putting together presentations, fellows contribute to the work of placement sites.

Understanding International Health Policy

Global Health Fellows posed for a photo together at the World Health Organization Strategic Operations Centre, where international collaborators discuss public health emergencies. Through inside access and meetings with top policy practitioners, fellows gain a solid foundation in international health policy and expand their professional networks.

In the past, students have interned at a wide range of NGOs and intergovernmental organizations, including:
  • The World Health Organization
  • The International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

Students are encouraged to arrive by mid-May may to witness the deliberations of the World Health Assembly. Many fellows forge lasting professional ties and friendships, both with mentors and with a cohort of future leaders in global health.

Interns are encouraged to make as long of a commitment as possible to the program. Longer internship availability makes students more competitive during the internship search process, and maximizes the amount of time an intern can learn from and contribute to their placement. More details on our Internships page.

Some of the Global Health internship sites (i.e. the World Health Organization) will accept interns who have limited schedules given the restrictive schedules of many MD students. 

GH Track minimum program commitment:
  • MD students - 9 week minimum commitment (8 weeks for the internship + 1 week for the Intensive Course)
  • MPH, MScGH, and all other Global Health applicants are required to make a minimum commitment of 11 weeks to the program (10 week internship + 1 week Intensive Course)

About the Course
The course will take place in late June/early July 2018 (final dates will be announced soon). It provides an overview of the how disease is understood within both the global health policy landscape and by political actors. The course modules cover issues of cross-border challenges in global health on topics such as human security and disease outbreaks.

Through seminars, case competitions, and site visits, participants will explore the range of framings of health security and discuss the policies that develop as a consequence.

“Prevent, Detect, Respond: Understanding Security and Global Health” examines the multiple levels of health security, examining how these issues can be linked at the global level (global health security), the national level (national security), and the individual level (human security). Students will explore political tensions related to outbreaks of disease and how to best respond to them through epidemic preparedness, and wider health system strengthening. From year to year, the course offering varies, often highlighting current policy issues. In the past, course participants have heard from senior officials from a wide range of Geneva-based organizations engaged in global health, from the WHO’s Tobacco-Free Initiative and World Alliance for Patient Safety to the Polio Eradication Initiative and the WHO’s Department of Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property. Course participants also pay site visits to nine to ten different organizations. Past site visits have included the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative, the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Médecins sans Frontières, and UNAIDS. Please note that this information is tentative -- learn more about the course's structure by viewing the 2017 course syllabus here.

The DGP Program offers the option of directly enrolling in the global health intensive course. You can learn more here.

Want to learn more about how your summer in Geneva can shape your career in Global Health? Read about an alumna's experience and her advice to students here.

 Jefferson Student Reports - Duke Global Policy 
 Duke Global Policy - Geneva - 2016  Duke Global Policy - Geneva - 2017
 Duke Global Policy - Geneva - 2016  Duke Global Policy - Geneva - 2017
 Duke Global Policy - Geneva - 2016  

This program is currently not accepting applications.