Geneva, Switzerland

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Deadline: 2/6/17

International Health Policy and Prospects

Geneva, Switzerland at University of Geneva

2017 dates: Friday, June 16 (arrival day) - Saturday, June 24 (departure day). Class meeting days are Saturday, June 17 through Friday, June 23.

The Course

HPAM-GP 2242 | Syllabus| Itinerary

Map of Switzerland

This summer institute features an on-site exploration of international health policy and prospects in Geneva, Switzerland, the seat of major international organizations that have a direct bearing on international health: the World Health Organization (WHO), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Trade policy, infectious diseases, global communications, bioterrorism, violence and wars, and rapid social and economic changes, as well as concern for provision of health care that is effective and efficient and that provides client satisfaction all present daunting challenges to health leaders today.

Health leaders have to develop the capacity to promote the health of individuals and communities they serve in the context of the complex challenges of globalization. The aim of this institute is to provide individuals with a variety of opportunities to understand the trends in world health and the effects of globalization on global and national health policy making in developed and developing countries.

Course prerequisites: A introductory course in public policy, an international development or policy course (health students should have completed an introductory health course), or permission of instructor.


Study visits to major international organizations and sites with the leaders of key international health organizations based in Geneva will provide participants with the opportunity to hear firsthand the challenges leaders face and to explore their thinking on strategy and implementation of key programs to improve health worldwide.

Program Costs

Tuition: $5,000 (approx.), plus registration fees. 

Non-refundable program and activities fee (includes excursions and some meals): $600. This fee will be due upon acceptance in the course.

Housing: Rates vary according to selection (hotels and hostels available).

Funding: students interested in potential funding sources should explore the opportunities on this NYU study abroad page. Be sure to find the opportunities available to graduate students.


Lodging is typically at Cite Universitaire in Geneva. Students book and pay for rooms directly (lodging is based on availability with bathrooms en suite, or shared) and are provided with information upon acceptance in the course.

Lunches on the weekend are provided as well as a closing reception (inclusive in the activities fee). Students will responsible for the remaining lunches, and all breakfasts and dinners. There are restaurants and food stores near the hotel and lecture sites.

The Office of International Programs will provide you with information regarding accommodation and the logistics of your stay in Geneva.

For more information about Geneva, visit The New York Times' Guide to Geneva, and Wikitravel's Guide to Geneva.

Travel Information

Flight: Participants must book their own flights, and should do so as early as possible. Most major airlines fly to Geneva.

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid for up to 6 months after course date, not before.

Tourist Visa: U.S. passport holders traveling for 90 days or less for tourism or business purposes should not need visas. U.S. green card holders (non-US passport holders) who are nationals of other countries may have to apply for a "tourist" or "business" visa and may review respective visa requirements here. NYU students should contact NYU's Office of Global Services for information about appropriate visas.

Registration Information

To request registration for a Summer 2018 course abroad, you must complete an application form, which will open in December 2017. Contact with any questions. 

Upper-level undergraduate students seeking to take the course for credit must first gain approval from their advisor and then contact for registration procedures.

Non-matriculated, non-NYU and non-credit participants should contact for directions on how to apply.

For all inquiries about the program, contact

Information Session

There is currently no information session scheduled. Please check back for future information sessions.  Note: This course is open to NYU and non-NYU students/participants.


Dr. Richard Alderslade, NYU Wagner