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Harvard Kennedy School

Global Health and Security: an Integrated Approach to Protecting Threatened Health Systems

Global Health and Security
Dec 1—6
6 days
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
USD 9100
USD 1516 per day

How it works


Armed conflict. Natural disasters. West Africa's Ebola epidemic. The cholera outbreak in Yemen. Crises such as these have sparked global discussions about pressing issues at the nexus of health and security. As the G20, World Health Summit, Munich Security Conference, and other international assemblies have highlighted, finding solutions to prevent and mitigate potentially destabilizing health threats is becoming an increasingly urgent priority.

Global Health and Security: An Integrated Approach to Protecting Threatened Health Systems will bring together key actors to explore novel approaches to global health security. This new executive program, created and offered jointly by Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Medical School, will educate participants on:

  • Assessing health systems around the world
  • Detecting potential or emerging health threats
  • Creating approaches for coordinating the efforts of international security forces, health agencies, and local stakeholders to address these threats

Examining Crucial Questions

Global Health and Security is designed to engage high-level military planners, security policymakers and advisors, critical health system personnel, and international health agency decision makers. Participants will examine crucial questions such as:

  • What are the global health and security consequences of weak health systems?
  • What is the role of security forces in protecting health institutions in conflict-affected states?
  • Why are conflict-affected states largely impervious to global health initiatives?

Through a powerful combination of lectures, interactive discussions, case studies, and group work, you'll develop the knowledge and tools to detect and respond to indigenous health threats during crises. You'll also learn to identify and analyze the connections between health systems, global security policies, and international responses, thus enhancing your ability to protect health assets in conflict-affected states.


The Global Health and Security curriculum emphasizes adaptive learning in studying crises across a variety of fields, such as natural disasters, terrorism, and industrial disasters. It also features case studies focusing on leadership and management challenges related to mobilizing and protecting health systems during epidemics, natural disasters, and armed conflicts.

You'll emerge from this program with critical leadership and management skills and an expanded network of personal connections that could prove vital in facilitating and conducting multiagency, multinational problem solving more efficiently and pragmatically.

Who should attend

Global Health and Security will provide leadership and management training for global health sector leaders and key responders, including national and international security organizations, public safety and health agencies, and international health groups tasked with strengthening health system resilience and lessening global health security risks. Ideal candidates include senior-level military personnel as well as members of humanitarian and health development agencies, health ministries, and other on-the-ground organizations.

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