The 2019 edition: our 28th!

26-31 August

Courses | Plenaries | Networking activities|Poster presentations

At the Lugano Summer School public health professionals, researchers and graduate students learn together through mutual exchange in a stimulating and beautiful environment. The Lugano Summer School places health, disease, and health systems thinking under one common framework of coherent concepts and practical implications. The focus on public health policy, economics and management combined with the diversity of students and facilitators has provided for a rich learning environment for over 2 decades so far. The insights gained and networks created serve as an opportunity to reduce and prevent the gap between public health theory and practice.

We have two pricing structures; one for participants from low income countries and another for those from middle and high income countries. All can benefit from early bird rates. Discounts are available for those enrolling in two 3-day courses and for SSPH+ students.

In the last edition of the SSPH+ Lugano Summer School (LSS), we introduced the first ever poster session where participants shared their work with others. It was a great success that included 32 posters from 18 countries. For this year, we again invite all participants to submit a poster of their work or of a specific project. This is not a requirement, but we know it is a nice way to exchange projects, research, and activities among participants and faculty.
Each day several printed posters will be hung for all to view at their leisure and during the morning social events.
Submission deadline: June 15, 2019, to


Three 6-day courses & nine 3-day courses from 26-31 August

6 day course =  2 ECTS. 3 day course = 1 ECTS.

The courses of the SSPH+ Lugano Summer School are acknowledged by the SGPG (Schweizerische Gesellschaft der Fachärztinnen und -ärzte für Prävention und Gesundheitswesen / Società svizzera dei medici specialisti in prevenzione e salute pubblica) as an advanced training.

The courses are awarded 19 FMH credits (3 day courses) / 38 FMH credits (6 day courses).

To earn credit, participants must attend courses & plenaries and pass the final assessment.


6 Day Courses: Monday-Saturday

3 Day Courses: Monday – Wednesday

3 Day Courses: Thursday – Saturday


9-10:30 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Four mornings start with plenary sessions in the auditorium.  These consist of two experts and a moderator who discuss a pressing topic in public health today.

Attendance is required for students. These plenaries are open to the public.


Networking events

Each morning particpants meet over coffee and healthy snacks in a covered space where posters of projects from around the globe are also displayed. On Monday and Thursday evenings cultural events at the lake offer exciting opportunities to exchange knowledge and experiences, bulid networks, and enjoy the sights in Lugano.


Every morning: 10:30-11:00

Coffee & Snacks in the outdoor space

Monday: 18:30

Social event

Thursday: 18:30

Social event