The 2020 edition: our 29th!

24-29 August 2020

Courses | Plenaries | Networking activities|Poster presentations

At the SSPH+ Lugano Summer School public health professionals, researchers and graduate students learn together through mutual exchange in a stimulating and beautiful environment. The SSPH+ 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 courses and for SSPH+ students.

For the third year in a rown, we will once again hold a poster session where participants share their work with others. The 2018 edition displayed  39 posters from 18 countries and the 2019 edition included 55 posters from across the world. 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, 2020, to


12 3-day courses from 22-29 August

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.

Each 3 day course is  awarded 19 FMH credits

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


3 Day Courses: Monday-Wednesday

24-26 August

3 Day Courses: Thursday – Saturday

27-29 August


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

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

Attendance is required for participants and facilitators.

These plenaries are open to the public.


Monday: "SSPH+ turns 15! A look at our past, shaping the future. SSPH+ and the Lugano Summer School"


Thursday: "Creating demand for public health goods and services: A focus on nutrition"

Moderator(s): Prof. Dr. L. Suzanne Suggs, USI, Vice President SSPH+, Director SSPH+ LSS (CH) & Ms. Yana Manyuk, Social Marketing Specialist, Sight & Life


  • Ms. Yana Manyuk, Social Marketing Specialist, Sight & Life
  • Mrs Kalpana Beesabathuni, Global Lead, Technology and Entrepreneurship, Sight and Life
  • Breda Gavin-Smith, Global Public Health Nutrition Manager, Sight and Life

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 at TBD

Thursday: 18:30

Social event at TBD