Specializations - Global Health & Development (GH&D)

Advisor - Prof. Eduardo Missoni

GH&D aims to analyze global health issues as they emerge from the tighter connections between Globalization, Development and Health. Through examining structures, policies, strategies and managerial approaches of both public and private (profit and non-profit), global actors (WHO, World Bank, Bilateral Donors, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Big Pharma, etc.), the GH&D Specialization prepares students to become active actors in the achievement of equity in health for people worldwide by emphasizing transnational health issues, determinants and solutions, and their interactions with national and local systems.

The Specialization provides students with an overview of challenges in the changing global scene in health-related policy making and management at the global level. It will allow students to understand the key issues of health care systems, policies and management in developing countries. Additionally, students will obtain training on how to engage in international consulting and program/project management.

An integral part of this Specialization is a study tour to Geneva in order to get familiar with the everyday functions of international organizations such as the WHO, Red Cross, Global Fund and GAVI. Grants will be available for the study tour.

Students who choose this Specialization, are likely to develop their career in International Organizations and Institutions (e.g. WHO), International NGOs, global partnerships, etc.

The GH&D Specialization includes the following courses and seminars:

  1. Global Health Strategies
  2. Health Policy and Healthcare Management in Poor Countries
  3. Managing Global Health Challenges seminars
  4. Program Design, Management & Evaluation
  5. Evidence Based Health Policy Evaluation seminar

Global Health Strategies

  • introduces students to global health related issues.  
  • proposes relevant connections between the processes of globalization, development and health.
  • examines the structure, policies and strategies of both public and private (profit and non-profit) global actors, and their roles in determining changes in health systems and people’s access to health services.
  • gives an overview of the challenges any global health manager faces in a rapidly changing global scene.

Health Policy and Healthcare Management in Poor Countries

  • traces the origins and evolution of health policies in poor countries in the first part
  • focuses on health management in the second part, presenting and critically assessing the different phases of project appraisal, monitoring and evaluation, proposing concrete examples from “real-world” projects promoted by international donors.

Managing Global Health Challenges Seminars

  • presents a number of challenging global health issues from a technical and managerial point of view.
  • analyzes the challenges from a managerial perspective, based mainly on external experts and/or faculty members' direct experience.
  • topics include: population dynamics, crime and illegal health markets, climate change and environment, migrant health, e-health in poor countries, communication for global health, child health and MDG 4, maternal health and MDG 5, pandemics, health in conflicts, etc.

Program Design, Management & Evaluation

The course introduces students to project cycle management to enable them to:

  • prepare logical frameworks
  • identify and formulate projects through a participatory approach
  • define project documents and to assess their quality

The course includes a general introduction to development cooperation and a critical analysis of development cooperation instruments.

Evidence Based Health Policy Evaluation Seminar

  • critically evaluate the impact of different policy frameworks on variables such as individual health and wealth
  • provides students with the main tools for the ex-post evaluation of policy interventions
  • students critically assess evidence regarding the impact of health policies at various levels
  • discusses the basic concepts of policy evaluation by analyzing case studies from the real world, with a focus on developing countries.


  • Eduardo Missoni
    #mihmep #globalhealth #sdabocconi Great start of our #studytour in Geneva. First meeting at UNAIDS


  • Eduardo Missoni
    #mihmep #sdabocconi #globalhealth Study tour ended yesterday in Geneva. A great team engaged for health for all, everywhere, at all ages.