Spring School of Global Health


  1. Antropocene and Health, 27th March- 30th March, 2ECTS 
  2. Digital technologies for addressing challenges in women' health and wellbeing, 5th and 6th April, 1 ECTS



will take place IN Person during the week of the 27th of MARCH to the 30th of MARCH 2023


«Anthropocene and Health» is a doctoral course (worth 2 ECTS, directed by Prof. Antoine Flahault, MD, PhD) delivered at the Spring School of Global Health 2023 by the Institute of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva.


This course will provide a unique opportunity for participants to learn about major issues related to global environmental changes and health today. The main objectives are as follows :

  1. Become familiar with the fundamentals of One Health and Planetary Health, through examining ecosystem services, planetary boundaries, environmental changes and population growth;
  2. Examine the impacts of environmental changes on population health, by focusing on specific risks and threats such as antimicrobial resistance and emerging diseases;
  3. Become aware of the relationship between climate changes and equity as well as look at other vulnerabilities, particularly with regard to non-communicable diseases;
  4. Explore the interrelationship between public health systems and the environment, specifically between climate changes and humanitarian activities, by looking at the co-benefits and trade-offs between health and the environment;
  5. Identify challenges and search for solutions in the fields of planning, risk reduction,  adaptation and policy implementation.


Classes will be held from Monday 27th of March to Thursday 30th of March, between 9am and 5pm. There will be a mixture of lectures including a keynote lecture on the Tuesday afternoon and a panel on Wednesday afternoon. Participants will be asked to make a short presentation on the final day. More details will be provided on the first day of the course.


  Monday 27 March 2023 Tuesday 28 March 2023 Wednesday 29 March 2023 Thursday 30 March 2023
Fundamentals of One Health and Planetary Health Impacts of environmental changes on population health: exposures and vulnerabilities Interrelationship between health system and the environment Identify challenges and search for solutions
 introduction to Anthropocene and Health  Impacts of climatic changes on health, an introduction   Urban health: between pathogenesis and salutogenesis  Environmental impact of medical practices 
 One Health vs Planetary Health Antimicrobial resistance as a planetary health issue   Introduction on science-policy interface
Methods for documenting the reciprocal link between Nature's contribution to People and Human health Novel methods for exposure modelling to assess the external urban exposome Co-benefits and trade offs between health and environment Catalyzing One Healt with Swiss Diplomacy: a policy brief
Population growth and planetary Health
Climate change, migration and health: interconnected challenges for the 21st century PANEL on climatic changes and humanitarian activites Presentations from PhD students 
 Keynote lecture: One Health and ecological approaches to zoonotic disease prevention, prepardness and response living within the limits of our planet. Environmental and social impacts of the health sector



Alice Baillat: IDMC, Gaël Brulé: HES-SOEric Comte: UNIGE and Geneva Health Forum, Valérie D'Acremont, UNISANTE,  Kees de Hoog; SwissTPH Antoine Flahault: UNIGE, Damien Friot: EPFL,  Catherine-Lune Grayson: ICRC Frédérique Guérin: Geneva Science-Policy InterfaceYves Jackson: UNIGE: Bruno Jochum Climate Action Accelerator, Dikolela Kalubi: ICRC, Thomas Van Boeckel: University of Gothenburg, Kevin Olival: EcoHealth AllianceClémentine Rossier: UNIGE Rafael Ruiz: UNIGE,  Martin Schlaepfer UNIGE, Nicolas Seidler: Geneva Science-Policy interface, Jean Simos: UNIGE, Louisa Yasukawa: IDMC



  • Pr Antoine Flahault , Institute of Global Health, Head
  • Dr Nathalie Bot, Institute of Global Health, doctoral program in global health coordinator
  • Dr Fleur Hierink, Institute of Global Health, doctoral program in global health co-coordinator


  • Campus Biotech, Chemin des mines 9, Geneva


  • 2 ECTS 


  • SSPH+ PhD students: CHF 700
  • Partner institution (HUG, HEdS) : CHF 700
  • External : CHF 1400


"Digital technologies for addressing global challenges in women's Health and wellbeing " 

will take place IN Person the 5 and 6 april 2023


The course will take place in person but an hybrid modality online is possible     


  • Pre Katarzyna Wac (professor of computer science and digital health, UNIGE, Geneva School of Economics and Management) 
  • Pr Swann Pichon (associate professor of psychology and digital health, HEDS, HES-SO CH)
  • Dre Margot Morgiève (researcher in the social sciences of mental health and digital mental health  - INSERM CERMES3 Paris FR)


Digital health technologies and services hold a considerable potential of solutions for ameliorating women’s health and well-being. They are increasingly used for accessing, collecting, and analysing personal health data, for hosting communities around specific health conditions or for accessing health-related services. For instance, applications have provided a unique global window for the tracking of menstrual health, for women who are victims of violence, or for the promotion of positive sexual health. Digital technologies also offer solutions for improving the promotion/prevention of health during the perinatal period. They hold the potential to help compensate some of the known global inequalities in access to mental health support for women suffering from postpartum depression, for instance by enabling access to online peer-support or online therapies. The goal of this 2-day workshop will be to present the work of four experts in digital health addressing issues related to women’s menstrual health, perinatal health, and overall physical and mental health and wellbeing. A second objective of this workshop will be to conduct a collaborative ideathon project in groups to conceptualize one project idea for which they think that digital technology may bring a significant innovation and value for improving women’s overall physical and mental health and well-being. Participants will be encouraged to anticipate the implications of the project in terms of cultural context, access, adhesion, ethics, data analytics and financing. This exercise will benefit from the interactions with the speakers and the course instructors.


We seek to cultivate a multidisciplinary approach, the course is therefore opened to a broad range of disciplines (i.e. social science, health/life/medical sciences, computer science/engineering, …) with an interest in digital technologies and mental health. The course is opened to persons with a master degree.


  • We will provide access to a secured platform where participants can exchange information and gather depending on their shared interest
  • We will provide 3-4 general readings on the topic


  • 05 and 06 April 2023 

FabLab of Campus Battelle (FacLab) - Centre Universitaire d'Informatique (CUI) de l'UNIGE

Room: FacLab of CUI

Route de Drize 7 1227 Carouge

Tél: +41 22 379 01 05 

Visit location on Google map 


  • Access by tram 

Tram line 18 (direction Grand-Lancy, Palettes) or tram 12 (direction Palettes) - stop @ "Rondeau" in Carouge 

Plan of the Geneva public transport 


  • Access by bike or car 

An outdoor parking inside the campus is facing the Centre Universitaire d'Informatique 

Visit location on Google map 


Short preliminary schedule

Wednesday April the 5th 2023

  • 9am – 12pm : Group work with the organizers
  • 12pm – 1 :30pm : Lunch
  • 1 :30pm – 3pm : Group work with the organizers
  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm : Pr Katarzyna Wac – U. Geneva, Center for Informatics (topic: Leveraging digital health to investigate individuals’ sexual health)
  • 4:30pm-6pm (7:30am-9am California time) Dr Laura Marie Symul, Stanford U., Dpt of Statistics (topic: tracking of menstrual health through data analytics of mobile applications)

Thursday April the 6th 2023

  • 9am-10am : Pr Laurent Gaucher – Geneva school for health science, Dpt Midwifery (topic: public and global health perspectives on postpartum depression)
  • 10am-11:30am: Dr Sonali Quantius – CEO HaploCare (topic: Haplocare, a global community to improve the wellbeing of mothers during perinatality)
  • 11 :30am – 13 :00pm : Lunch
  • 13:00pm – 2:30pm : Group work with the organizers
  • 3:30pm – 5:30pm : Presentation of group work by the students


  • 1 ECTS


  • CHF 350 for SSPH+ members or UNIGE and HES-SO students. 
  • CHF 700 for externals 


  • 20-30 persons


  • 15/03/2023