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The DGP Intensive Course-only Program

The Intensive Course-only Program's application deadline has been extended to March 17, 11:59pm EST. Please see details below on how to apply.


Program Overview

The Duke University Global Policy (DGP) Program in Geneva offers students the option of directly enrolling in the 2019 Intensive Course Week in either the Environment, Energy, and the Economy Track, the Global Health Track or Humanitarian Crises, Refugees, and Human Rights Track. Students in the Intensive Course-only Program will learn how international and non-governmental organizations in Geneva are addressing today’s most pressing global challenges. The Intensive Course Week includes meetings with approximately 20 practitioners, site visits to Geneva-based IGOs and NGOs, networking events, professional coaching, group case simulations, and a culminating policy memo assignment. It’s a rigorous week that shapes students’ professional and personal ambitions, and earns participants 3.0 academic credits from Duke University. This program is ideal for individuals who have a restrictive summer schedule, but are still interested in gaining practical policy experience in Geneva, Switzerland.

Completion of the one week-long intensive course with an associated research project submitted to the course instructor will enable the student to earn 3.0 credits through the Duke University Graduate School. Participants should confirm that their home institutions will accept the 3.0 academic credits awarded in the course. Courses available for Summer 2019 include:

PubPol 860:02, Environment, Energy, and the Economy 

Takes place May 27 – May 31, 2019.

View sample syllabus here.

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This course explores actors, policies, and conflicts at the intersection of environmental, energy, and economic issues.  It addresses questions such as:

  • Who "owns" the natural environment?
  • Do poor countries have the right to pursue non-green development?
  • Do rich countries have the right to subsidize green industries?
  • How does the need for energy supplies affect countries' environmental and economic commitments?
  • How well do governments, international organizations, and the private sector work together in balancing environmental protection and economic growth?

Through a variety of guest speakers and site visits, students will meet with experts from the top international Environment and Energy agencies including: the United Nations Environment Program, the World Trade Organization, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the UN Conference on Trade and Development, and many others. This course is led by Dr. Tana Johnson, a professor at Sanford School of Public Policy. Her research examines the environmental advocacy of the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Program, the origins and design of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, relations between intergovernmental and non-governmental environmental organizations, and ongoing efforts to reform or establish international institutions dealing with climate change. 

Humanitarian Crises, Refugees, and Human Rights

Takes place May 27 – May 31, 2019.

View sample syllabus here.

The course provides participants with a thorough introduction to international humanitarian assistance, human rights, and human security. It explores how the international community can better respond to humanitarian crises such as the influx of refugees in Europe, HIV-AIDS in Africa, or ongoing civil conflict in countries such as Sudan. Students further examine the importance of both cooperation and collaboration on a global scale by organizations such as the International Red Cross, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), and development organizations. The course is led by Amy E. Hepburn (Duke MPP'01), a policy professional who has researched, published, and programmed extensively on issues affecting children in complex humanitarian emergencies,  including armed conflict and HIV/AIDS in the Balkans, Eastern and Southern Africa, and the Republic of Georgia. Her clients include international NGOs, the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees in Geneva, the United States Department of State, and the United States Agency for International Development.

PubPol 860:01, Global Health

Takes place June 10 – June 14, 2019.

View sample syllabus here.

From year to year, the course offering varies, often highlighting current policy issues. In the past, course participants have heard from senior officials from a wide range of Geneva-based organizations engaged in global health, from the WHO’s Tobacco-Free Initiative and World Alliance for Patient Safety to the Polio Eradication Initiative and the WHO’s Department of Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property. Program fellows and LSE students will also visit nine to ten different leading global health organizations in Geneva. Past site visits have included the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative, the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Médecins sans Frontières, and UNAIDS. The course is directed by Dr. Gavin Yamey, a professor of the Duke Global Health Institute and Director of the Center for Policy Impact in Global Health.


Apply to the Intensive Course-only Program here. (For preparation purposes, you can download a PDF version of the application form. However, note that applications are only accepted online.) The first deadline to apply for priority consideration is December 3, 2018 11:59PM EST. Decisions will be sent mid-December. Applications will then be considered on a rolling basis until the extended deadline of March 17, 2019.


Completion of one week long intensive course with an associated research project submitted to the course instructor will enable the student to earn 3.0 credits per course through the Duke University Graduate School. After the participants have fulfilled all course requirements, they may request an official Duke transcript.  Participants are responsible for insuring credit transfer to their home institution.

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The program fee for the intensive course-only program is $3,000 for non-Duke students, $1,500 for Duke students (non-Sanford) and $1000 for Duke Sanford (MPP/MIDP) students. In addition to tuition, this cost includes an evening networking dinner, the Geneva Program reception, social and networking opportunities, visa support, and administrative support.


NOTE: Housing, flights, food, transportation, and other personal expenses are the responsibility of the participant.  Program staff is happy to assist in budget estimations and accommodation recommendations.

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The Duke Program on Global Policy and Governance collaborates with Université de Genève for the Intensive Course Week for the Global Health and Humanitarian Action tracks. Your classroom will be in the heart of Geneva, at the nexus of international education and global governance. The Environment, Energy, and the Economy track is typically hosted at the International Environment House complex in Geneva, Switzerland.

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