We turn 30 this year!

23-28 August 2021

We hope you will join us for another year of mutual learning for change.

At the SSPH+ Summer School public health professionals, researchers and graduate students learn together through mutual exchange in a stimulating and beautiful environment. The SSPH+ LSS  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 will meet online this year and the programme is online. We are annoucing courses and plenaries as they are confirmed, so see below and stay tuned.

  • 1 day courses
  • 3-day courses
  • plenary lectures on hot topics by experts each day
  • daily networking activities through online poster sessions, meetings with experts and chat sessions




Introduction to digital tools of the summer school: e-Campus, zoom, and LinkedIn

Tuesday August 10, Wednesday August 11, and Friday August 13, 2021

Sibylle Obrecht Lösch | Maximilian Witz

Time slots  will be confirmed soon

Free for all enrolled participants

Social media in global health: potentialities, risks, and new developments

Christoph Pimmer | Neira A. Budiono

Monday August 16 and Wednesday August 18, 2021, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, CEST


1-Day Courses:

1-Day Courses: Full Day

Designing Health Care: Improving health care through Evidence-based Design

Minou Afzali | Arne Scheuermann | Stefan Sulzer

Friday August 27, 2021

 * This course is sponsored the “Swiss Center for Design and Health

Public Mental Health: Keeping people mentally healthy

*Sponsored and taught by by the Swiss Mental Health Network

Tuesday August 24, 2021


1-Day “equivalent” Courses:

2 hours every day across 3 days, and plenary lectures

Is Breathing killing us? Tackling Air Pollution using science for policies to protect health

Nino Kuenzli

Mon August 23  – Wed August 25, 13:00-15:00 (CEST)

Making sense of troubled healthcare arenas

Enrico Pavignani | Barbara Profeta

Thu August 26 – Sat August 28, 13:00-15:00 (CEST)

3-day courses


Each day ~6 hours between 10:30 -16:45 CEST, including both synchronous and a-synchronous lessons. For ects credits, it is required to attend at least  2 plenary lectures for each 3 day course.


Each day ~6 hours between 10:30 -16:45 CEST, including both synchronous and a-synchronous lessons. For ects credits, it is required to attend at least  2 plenary lectures for each 3 day course.

Harnessing systems modelling and simulation to guide strategic health investments and actions

Jo-An Occhipinti | Ante Prodan | Mark Heffernan | Adam Skinner

*This course is supported by the Brain and Mind Centre, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney.

* This course is supported by the Computer Simulation & Advanced Research Technologies (CSART).

Policy Options on Mental Health

Emiliano Albanese | Benedetto Saraceno | Marta Fadda | Dzmitry Krupchanka | Chiara Servili


Generating Demand for better public health goods and services: A systems and consumer centered approach

Rowena Merritt | Kalpana Beesabathuni | Breda Gavin-Smith | Puja Peyden Tshering

*This course is sponsored by Sight and Life

Multisectoral Approaches for Health: Implications for Policy and Practice

Carmel Williams | Nicole Valentine | Kevin Morisod


Plenary Lectures:

Monday-Friday mornings @ 9:00 (CEST) and evenings @ 17:00 (CEST)


free and open to the public



30 years of Public Health Mutual Learning for Change in Ticino


Prof. Dr. L. Suzanne Suggs, Prof of Social Marketing at USI and Vice-President of SSPH+

Prof. Nino Künzli, Head of Bachelor-Master-Doctorate Unit, Department of Education and Training, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (SwissTPH) & Dean SSPH+


100 years of Public Health Sciences in Switzerland, 30 years in Ticino, and centuries around the globe. Lessons learned and moving forward.

1) An introductory talk

2) Plenary lecture

Learning from the past or forgetting the past? Past and present pandemics and how to prepare for future challenges

PD Dr. phil. Kaspar Staub, Head of the Anthropometrics and Historical Epidemiology Research Group, Institute of Evolutionary Medicine, University of Zurich

3) A virtual apero celebration 



Mental health advocacy: keeping people mentally well*

Mental Health Network of Switzerland (NPG)

* This plenary is in German/French simoultaneously translated in English.


Innoculating against vaccine misinformation


Dr. Angus Thomson PhD, Senior Social Scientist, Demand for Immunization, UNICEF



Wealth Inequality and Health – What are the effects in the Global South?


Dr. Nathalie Jean-Baptiste, Senior Programme Manager, Director – Wealth Inequality, Julius Baer Foundation


Making sense of troubled healthcare arenas: first steps in a tricky field


Dr. Enrico Pavignani, University of Queensland, Brisbane, and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa



The longtail impact of COVID-19 on the Mental Wealth of nations: early findings and implications for policy research priorities


Prof. Jo-An Occhipinti, Managing Director, Computer Simulation & Advanced Research Technologies (CSART) and Head, Systems Modelling, Simulation & Data Science, Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney


Complexities of Health and Nutrition: The evolving role of behaviour change


Dr. Rowena Merritt, Senior Advisor on Consumer Insights and Social Marketing, Sight and Life and Research Fellow, University of Kent



Opportunities and pitfalls of digital health for health systems strengthening


Prof. Kaspar Wyss, Deputy Director and head of department, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute


Improving health system efficiency and equity: the role of health economics


Prof. Dr. Joachim Marti, PhD. Associate Professor in Health Economics, Centre for Primary Care and Public Health (Unisanté), University of Lausanne

Institute of Public Health and Institute of Communication and Public Policy