Health diplomacy

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Health Diplomacy is vital in maintaining strong relationships with the international community. The health is a key contributor to development, peace, poverty reduction, social justice and human rights.

Health diplomacy can open doors to foster new dialogue and create more partnerships on a non-political level.

Institut de diplomatie publique- Weretelnik Oleg

What is health diplomacy?

Although defined in many different ways, in essence, it is a multi-level process that involves international stakeholders and local organizations that are aimed at improving healthcare.

The main goals of health diplomacy are:

1) better health security and population health;

2) improved relations between states and a commitment of a wide range of actors to work together to improve health;

3) achievement of outcomes that are deemed fair and support the goals of reducing poverty and increasing equity.

One of the greatest examples of health diplomacy is the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Started in 2002, this international financing institution spurred a multitude of partnerships between foreign governments, civil societies and non-profit organizations to fight these three pandemics.

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Global Health Diplomacy

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The State University of New York

About this Course

Having completed this course, learners will be able to:

Describe and analyze the opportunities, challenges and limits of Global Health Diplomacy.

Examine the diplomatic, financial, and geopolitical context that underlies global health decision-making.

Explain the role of the many players in the space, including governments, philanthropists, and multilateral institutions.

Course Objective

The field of global health is often thought of purely in medical or public health terms, but there are important geopolitical and policy dimensions of global health that underlie programmatic responses to global health challenges. By completing this course, learners will be able to explain the specific institutions and initiatives that are fundamental to current global health diplomacy activities and functions, and how these influence global health outcomes. Learners will further be able to summarize real-world examples where global health diplomacy either helped or limited global health outcomes, and explain the reasons for those outcomes.


Gabrielle Fitzgerald

Executive in philanthropy and global health


Peter Small

Founding Director

Global Health Institute, Stony Brook University

Population Health: Governance

How can we organise care in such a way that we optimize experience, quality and costs? What type of governance is needed? And how should healthcare organisations collaborate? These are central questions in this course. In answering them, we depart from a recognition of the impact of three crucial global shifts in health care governance: 1) the change in focus from cure to population health, 2) the increased attention to social determinants of health, and 3) the stronger involvement of non-governmental healthcare organisations in service delivery networks. The course is unique in combining the Population Health perspective with theories of healthcare system governance. It takes a ‘multi-level’ perspective: the participant will look at healthcare governance from different angles in the healthcare system as a whole: from the global and national level, to networks of organisations, to individual care organisations, and finally to the healthcare professional. All these actors should function well to optimize accessible, affordable and high quality of care. To attain these goals, specific managerial network and leadership skills are required.

Offered by Universiteit Leiden

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