Health Diplomacy Training Initiative

Thank you for your interest in the Center for Global Health Science & Security, Health Diplomacy Training Initiative. Our inaugural programs were held in June 2023 and we are grateful to all of trainers and attendees for helping to make our first year a resound success!

Information for our 2024 initiative will be available next year. Please see our previous program below for information on the program goals and courses offered, and we look forward to seeing you next year.

Are you interested in exploring the relationship between global health issues, international affairs, and national security or gaining new technical programming skills from leading global health experts? If so, join us for the Health Diplomacy Training Initiative from June 5-15, 2023. During this intensive two week training initiative, students may choose to enroll in one or both of the programs offered through Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. The Global Health Diplomacy & Security course will give students the opportunity to examine the role of policymaking and diplomacy in addressing global health issues and engage in dynamic simulation activities to hone their understanding of the political and diplomatic processes involved in shaping global health programs, policies, and operations. The Data Science Basics in R Workshop will offer students an introduction the programming language R. Students will leave the workshop with a basic understanding of statistical programming, experience with version control in github, and a small portfolio of data visualizations generated using public health data. If you are interested in diversifying your repertoire of technical skills and studying at the intersection of global health, national security, and diplomatic processes, join us for the Health Diplomacy Training Initiative!

Programs Offered

SEST 556: Global Health Security & Diplomacy (3 Credits)

Rebecca Katz, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Global Health Security and Diplomacy will explore the interconnection between foreign affairs, national security and global health issues such as pandemic preparedness and response. This seminar will examine the role of diplomacy and policymaking processes in addressing global health issues including the development of national foreign policies for global health; the establishment of treaties and international agreements; negotiations with public, private and philanthropic players; and governance of international organizations and public-private partnerships. In this course, the student will seek to understand the role that diplomatic and political processes play in shaping global health programs, policies and operations through readings, discussion, simulations and lectures.

Data Science Basics in R Workshop

Stephanie Eaneff, M.S.P.

This workshop will build literacy and basic proficiency in statistical programming, with a focus on the skills needed to conduct data analyses in professional healthcare and public health workspaces. We will cover the basics of data management, data cleaning, data visualization, and basic statistical calculations in R, and version control in github. Participants will leave with a small portfolio of relevant data visualizations and analyses completed using a real‐world public health dataset.