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The Duke Global Policy (DGP) Program in Geneva

A One of a Kind Experience

The Duke Global Policy (DGP) Program in Geneva is the only program of its kind. We prepare graduate and professional students from around the world to tackle the world’s most pressing policy challenges.

There are two ways to participate:

Intensive Course Week (Virtual, Summer 2021)

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    Summer 2021 - New Course

    The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed both the power of global cooperation in promoting global health and welfare—such as rapid development COVID-19 vaccines—but also the weaknesses and failings of international health and humanitarian action. Join faculty leads Gavin Yamey and Amy Hepburn in a virtual summer intensive course like no other -  Global Health and Humanitarian Action in Crisis: Can We Turn the Page on Global Inequity and Coloniality?  



    • Seminars with leading practitioners from key agencies like Médecins Sans Frontières, the WHO, UNHC & more
    • Virtual “site visits” 
    • Lectures from some of the world’s leading scholars on global health, humanitarian action, multilateralism, and decolonization


The 2021 Summer Intensive Course Program offering will be a combined course: Global Health and Humanitarian Action in Crisis: Can We Turn the Page on Global Inequity and Coloniality? 

The course will examine these issues within the framework of international human rights and the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence.  By exploring key considerations within global health and humanitarian action, including early warning systems, and operational challenges such as timely response and unhindered access; funding; coordination and cooperation; political considerations; the relationship between humanitarian assistance, health and longer-term sustainable development, students will get a comprehensive and cross-sectoral understanding of the COVID-19 vaccine crisis.

Students learn how international and non-governmental organizations are addressing today’s most pressing global challenges. The week includes video meetings with practitioners, virtual site visits to Geneva-based IGOs, interactive lectures, an alumni panel, 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 a meaningful academic experience.

Intensive Course Week + Internship (Tentatively available in Summer 2022)

In previous years, students who apply for this option stay for the summer and complete an internship at area agencies. Participants who choose this option gain unparalleled access to UN agencies and other leading Geneva-based institutions. This program is ideal for individuals who can spend a longer time in Geneva.

Young woman, smiling at camera"The intensive course-week was one of my best decisions at Duke University. I got to interact with students with similar interests across not only Duke but also other colleges in the U.S. The presentations by development practitioners in Geneva was top-notch, and the in-class discussions and activities were intellectually stimulating. It's amazing to see that we got so much done in just five days! That says a lot about design of the program - impeccable! I highly recommend it to anyone interested in international development/global policy and looking for an insight into what is happening in Geneva.” - Monisha Eadala, MIDP '20, EEE Track