An Executive Program Offered by Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Medical School
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
This groundbreaking program will be co-chaired by Dr. Paul Farmer, Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Juliette Kayyem, Belfer Lecturer in International Security at HKS and Director of its Homeland Security Project.
View a draft schedule for the program.
For questions or additional information, please contact Program Director Pia Agliati.
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.