The Duke Global Policy Intensive Program takes place in Geneva, Switzerland each summer. The Intensive Course Week in 2024 was in late June. More information about 2025 coming soon!

Students will learn how international and non-governmental organizations in Geneva are addressing today’s most pressing global challenges.  

  1. Global Health
  2. Humanitarian Crises, Refugees, and Human Rights
  3. International Trade Policy (Launched summer 2024)

The 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. 


This intensive course week will address critical questions like: Is multilateral cooperation irreparably broken? Or could a new, fairer form of global health and humanitarian action be forged in the pandemic recovery and post-pandemic era?

Students will meet with leading global health and humanitarian practitioners from key multilateral agencies, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières, International Organization for Migration, the WHO, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and UNHC. 

  • Students will go on site visits to see the inner workings of these agencies.
  • Speakers will include scholars and practitioners from high burden nations.
  • Debates, readings, case studies, and a culminating policy memo assignment: all planned activities will help to put theory into action.


Completion of the course/research project will enable the student to earn 2.0 credits through the Duke University Graduate School. Participants should confirm that their home institutions will accept the 2.0 academic credits awarded in the course. 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.


Valuable coursework

The humanitarian coursework with Professor Amy Hepburn was phenomenal. I have never had a class that integrates reality within the classroom so seamlessly and the conversation amongst our participants was so rich, it was almost upsetting when we had to wind down for the day.  - Kayla King, The Pennsylvania State University

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An Experience of a Lifetime

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Gavin Yamey (Global Health Track) is Hymowitz Family Professor of the Practice in Global Health at the Sanford School of Public POlicy at Duke University.  He is a professor of the Duke Global Health Institute and Director of the Center for Policy Impact in Global Health.


Amy Hepburn (Humanitarian Track) is 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. 


Cory Krupp (international trade policy) is an expert on trade policy and a professor of the practice of public policy at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.  She is also the Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Director of Graduate Studies for the Master of International Development Policy program at Sanford.