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Welcome to the Global Health Lecture Series!


Whether you are a student or a professor of medical or political science, form geography, ethnography, law, etc… every sector and every part of life is related to health and wellbeing in some way or another. A fact which the COVID-19 pandemic impressively underscored.

It is therefore our goal to move beyond the borders of medical professionalism and make this field accessible to the wide audience including students and faculty from all academic disciplines as well as the public and anyone else interested in learning more about this vibrant and dynamic field that is Global Health.

Each semester we host 4 – 5 exciting lectures with speakers, not only from our Global Health Institute, but from universities, organisations, and policy departments from around the world.
The lecture series is a place and a chance to meet and listen to renowned speakers and leading experts presenting and discussing a wide array of current issues and affairs within the realm of Global Health.

If you would like to broaden your horizon and get a glimpse of present-day and future Global Health research and education come and join our lecture series.
You can find our poster to the right with all our current events. If you would like to see past events from the lecture series, have a look at our Archive.

Obtaining credits

Wahlfachtrack Global Health – 1 SWS

This seminar series is part of the Wahlfachtrack Global Health (go to main page of the track here).

If you are signed in as participant of the Global Health Wahlfachtrack you will need to attend and participate in all our Lectures and write a short essay of 800 to 1000 words on a chosen topic that corresponds to one of the current semester’s GHLS presentations. Once you have chosen an essay topic, please email Lisa Hennig.

MEDISS Program – 1 SWS

If you are part of the MEDISS program, you also need to attend and participate in our Lectures. To get this course accredited, please send your routing slip (Laufzettel) to the course coordinator to sign (E-Mail to the right).


ECTS – 1 point

To receive 1 ECTS, you are required to attend our lecture series in full as well as write an essay of 2000-2500 words or give a presentation of 20 minutes on a topic you chose within the topics of the current semester’s GHLS presentations. Once you decide that you would like to obtain an ECTS point and have chosen your topic please contract the course coordinator, so we can set you up with a supervisor for support. 


The essay

A list of tips on how to write a good essay and any other requirements will follow shortly.


Note: To track your attendance, please log in with your full name upon entering the heiCONF room and also take screenshot for yourself as “double-check”. 

Upcoming Topic and Speaker:

What is the role of human rights in the pandemic context?

presented to you by Prof. Dr. uir. Stéphanie Dagron from the Institute of Global Health, Facultés de droit et de medicine, Université de Genève.

The human rights-based approach, as strongly recommended by United Nations bodies, particularly in the field of development cooperation, is an approach whose application in the field of health has long been contested. Human rights being individual rights, they have been considered in opposition to public health. This presentation will propose an analysis of the links between health and human rights and of the reasons why human rights should be included in the international instrument on pandemics that is currently negotiated under the auspices of the World Health Organization.