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Global Health Diplomacy Course 2022

Schematic drawing showing world map with interconnected pointsMonday 24th October - Friday 28th October 2022
Wolfson College, University of Oxford, Linton Road, Oxford, OX2 6UD

A five-day intensive course exploring the success and challenges of promoting and integrating healthcare provision into diplomatic negotiations globally.

The course costs £2300 to attend. Email if you would like an informal discussion before applying. 

Applications close Thursday 1 September 2022.  


The aim of the course is to provide insight into the application and practice of Global Health Diplomacy (GHD) in five global arenas: international cooperation and global solidarity, global economy, trade and development, global health security, strengthening health systems and addressing inequities to achieve global health targets.

The course will cover:

  • A Theoretical overview and history of GHD
  • The art of negotiation in practice-simulation exercise
  • GHD as a tool to advance human security
  • The current and future role of GHD in building international cooperation, global cohesion and multilaterism
  •  The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare provision globally and its relevance for the future of GHD
  • The role of the private sector and other cross disciplinary stakeholders in GHD
  • GHD as a tool to strengthen cooperation amongst nations with a view to growing healthcare equity and security (with special reference to both communicable and non-communicable diseases).
  • GHD as a tool for advancing mental health awareness and provision
  • Deploying global health diplomacy to overcome the complexities of the environment and its role in health

Dr Lyndsay S. Baines (Co-Course Leader)

Smiling woman with short hair in light coloured shirt

Dr Baines has a background in medical sociology and psychology and specialises in global health diplomacy, global public health, mental health, ethics, psychological aspects of organ transplant, oncology and civilian and military trauma and pain management. 

As an early stage researcher, Dr Baines was embedded with the solid organ transplant team at the Western infirmary, Glasgow, where she established one of the first ward based counselling services for organ transplant patients. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn and Enduring Freedom, Dr Baines relocated to the United States, where she worked for the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, based at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC. 

Dr Baines continues her research collaboration pertaining to veteran well-being, human security and developing global training education pathways for personnel preparing to deploy across national borders. She has deployed on a number of humanitarian missions including Botswana, Suriname and India where she was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar. 

Dr Baines is a tutor on the MSt Diplomatic Studies and one of the co-founders of the highly successful Global Health Diplomacy (short course) for mid-career professionals at University of Oxford. 

Email if you would like an informal discussion before applying to attend the course.  

Professor David Kerr (Co-Course Leader)

davidkerr.jpgProfessor David Kerr is a colorectal cancer oncologist at the Radcliffe Department of Medicine.

Professor Kerr's contributions to colorectal cancer care and research are internationally recognised. He has published over 300 papers in scientific journals, authored over twenty books, and has been awarded four prestigious, international research prizes, including the NHS’s Nye Bevan award for Innovation.

He has several patents, and has founded two biotech companies (Celleron and Oxford Cancer Biomarkers). He was elected Fellow of Academy of Medical Sciences in 2000, has served as the  President of European society of Medical Oncology (2009-2011) and is a Fellow of the European Academy of Cancer Sciences (2010).

He chaired the Cancer Services Collaborative (1999-2003), to deliver redesign programme to improve the NHS cancer service (awarded CBE, 2002). He has completed the Kerr Report (2006), a 20 year plan to reform Scotland’s NHS.

Professor Kerr established the first network of India’s top cancer centres , turning it into an internationally recognised trials network: he has trained many young Indian oncologists and is active in China and the Middle East as well. 

He has brought world-wide attention to the looming epidemic of cancer which will claim the lives of more than a million Africans every year. He organised the first ever African Cancer Reform convention in London (2007) and formed a new organisation, AfrOx to aid national cancer planning in Africa.

Dr Douglas Bettcher

Smiling man in suitDr Douglas William Bettcher is the former Director the Department for Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD), World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland. He currently works as a Senior Advisor on NCD Prevention to the WHO Director-General. In his capacity as Director for Prevention of NCDs, his portfolio included oversight for WHO’s work on NCD risk factor prevention (including tobacco use, diet, and physical inactivity), health promotion, ending childhood obesity and NCD risk factor surveillance. WHO's principal focal point for providing Secretariat support for the negotiation of WHO's first treaty, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. He was awarded a Luther L. Terry Distinguished Career Award for his lifetime contribution to tobacco control.

Dr Bettcher has written widely on several topics, including globalization and health, foreign policy and health security, health diplomacy, international law, and public health, noncommunicable diseases prevention and control, tobacco control, and trade and other health policy issues.


Professor Rahul M Jindal

rahuljindal.jpgRahul M. Jindal is an Indian-American immigrant, and the  Professor of Surgery & Global health at the Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, USA. He has been awarded the Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair to India (2016 & 22) to study the implementation of universal health coverage and expand the study on unmet surgical needs to several other parts of India.

His team established a kidney and corneal transplant program in Guyana & Suriname in 2000,  which is now sustained by local physicians. He co-authored "The struggle for life: A psychological perspective of kidney disease and transplantation" and is the author or co-author of over 2000 manuscripts in peer-reviewed medical journals. He lectures at the global health diplomacy course at the University of Oxford.

He is an adjunct professor at the Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar, India and SUNY-Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn. He is a Commissioner, Office of Human Rights, Maryland, and member of Health X-Prize.