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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.

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 (12 week internships preferred), and the required five-day intensive course on “Health Policy in a Globalizing World.” Importantly, 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.

About the 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.

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.

About the Course
The course will take place during the end of June or beginning of July (dates TBD). It provides an overview of the forces of globalization shaping health in our world, with particular emphasis on issues of innovation and access to health technologies. The course modules cover issues of cross-border challenges in global health on topics such as:
  • the disparities that arise from asymmetries in globalizing public goods like medicines and public ‘bads’ like tobacco
  • the implications of trade rules and intellectual property regimes on public health
  • the architecture of global health governance
  • managing global health programs

Through seminars, case competitions, and site visits, participants will gain an appreciation of the context and policy levers affecting health in a globalizing world.

 “Health Policy in a Globalizing World” draws lessons from different challenges in globalization and health equity, and in so doing, provides a clearer vision of how exemplars in one area might inform approaches in others. 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. See the Global Health Fellows Week-at-a-Glance Schedule.

During the course week, the program also facilitates additional evening events, such as a program reception, mentorship dinners, and networking events.

Please email with any questions regarding this program.

 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.