Switzerland: Global Health and Development Policy

Educational Excursions

Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary.

Excursions give students the opportunity to observe and experience program themes in a field-study context.

Excursion to the Pasteur Institute in Casablanca, Morocco

The program spends eight days in Morocco, primarily in the capital of Rabat, with a short excursion to a rural setting. Topics of study during this period include food safety, human rights, and the effects of development on Moroccan culture and politics.

The excursion allows students to compare and contrast public health systems in Morocco and in Switzerland, two very different political and cultural contexts. Students consider the collaboration between nongovernmental organizations, international governmental organizations, and Moroccan health authorities. Additionally, they examine the realities of development, the effects of international collaboration, and the impact of development policies on public health in a rural setting.
The excursion also gives students a chance to experience Moroccan cuisine, architecture, and the country’s Francophone culture.

Students attend briefings by experts with the Federal Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation during a one-day excursion to Bern. Students typically have a chance to visit the Old City of Bern, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where they gain exposure to the Swiss German identity, as part of the excursion.

Costs Dates

Credits: 16

Duration: 15 weeks

Program Base: Nyon/Geneva

Language Study: French

Prerequisites: Coursework in development studies; public health; or the social, economic, or political sciences. Read more...


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