Geneva, Switzerland


International Health Policy and Prospects

Geneva, Switzerland

Tentative Dates: June 14 - 21, 2019

The application for Summer 2019 will be available on December 1, 2018.

The Course

HPAM-GP 2242 | Syllabus| Itinerary

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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: An 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: This is a 3-credit course and is counted toward your summer course load.

Program fee: $600. This fee will be due upon acceptance in the course and is non-refundable. Fee includes some meals and excursions.

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 through NYU Wagner  (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 are responsible for the remaining lunches, and all breakfasts and dinners. There are restaurants and food stores near the hotel and lecture sites.

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

Travel Information

Flight: International airfare to and from the program location is not included in the program fee. Students must purchase their own round-trip tickets and are responsible for their own accommodation for travel beyond the program dates. 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 this application form. The application is open from December 1, 2017 - February 5, 2018.

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 more information.

For all inquiries about the program, contact

Information Session

There are no information sessions scheduled at this time.

Note: This course is open to NYU and non-NYU students/participants.


Dr. Richard Alderslade, NYU Wagner