The USC Institute for Global Health provides public health students the opportunity to participate in the annual World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. As delegates, students can witness diplomacy and governance in action on the global stage.
Each May, the Institute organizes a trip to Geneva, Switzerland, where students are embedded as delegates to a participating group at the World Health Assembly as part of a Masters of Public Health course. The decision-making body of WHO, the World Health Assembly is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the executive board. In addition to interviewing delegates and utilizing social media to report on the assembly, the students also visit the offices of international nonprofits and institutions, including the World Economic Forum, GAVI Alliance and Global Fund, to learn about global health financing, aid and diplomacy.
This program is a four-unit course administered by the MPH program and is open to enrolled MPH students. Students who take the course have the option to fulfill their practicum requirements by extending their stay in Geneva for a 6-8 week internship. Information about enrollment is sent out by the MPH program each Spring semester.
Enrollment for this course is no longer open for 2017.
- Stand up for human rights to – and through – health, experts urge government (5/23/2017)
- Leaders appointed to champion health, human rights of the vulnerable (10/3/2016)
- International politics unfold at World Health Assembly (7/13/2016)
- Five Takeaways from the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva (6/27/2016)
- In Geneva, Global Health Diplomacy and Governance in Action (5/23/2016)
- World Health Assembly: Lessons for Future Leaders (5/21/2015)
- WHA66: Through the Eyes of a Global Health Student (5/23/2014)
- MPH students interview US Secretary of Health and Human Services at the 65th World Health Assembly (5/21/2012)
See specific information—including blog posts, videos and Storify summaries—about each year’s activities in the pages listed below.