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

Date & Time  will be confirmed soon

Free to all enrolled participants

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

Christoph Pimmer

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


1-Day Courses:

1-Day Courses: Full Day

Public Mental Health: Keeping people mentally healthy

Swiss Mental Health Network

Tuesday August 24, 2021

* Course Language DE / FR translated in EN

** Discounted fee for members of the Netzwerk Psychische Gesundheit Schweiz (NPG)

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

Minou Afzali | Arne Scheuermann | Stefan Sulzer

Friday August 27, 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

2 hours a day Mon August 23  – Wed August 25 , 2021

Fragile Health Systems: Making sense of troubled healthcare arenas

Enrico Pavignani | Barbara Profeta

2 hours a day Thu August 26 – Sat August 28, 2021

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

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 every morning and evening 

The plenary lectures are being programmed into place. The ones here are confirmed, but not yet “placed” in teh schedule.

Lessons to be learned from the pandemic spread of the influenza outbreaks in Switzerland, 1889, 1918, and 1957

Kaspar Staub, Evolutionary Institute, University of Zurich

Machine learning techniques in personalized disease prediction

Ming Chang, Department of Clinical Research, University of Basel

Digital health

Prof. Kaspar Wyss, Swiss TPH



30 years of Pubic Health Mutual Learning for Change in Ticino

Prof. L. Suzanne Suggs, USI and SSPH  



30 years of Pubic Health Mutual Learning for Change in Ticino

let’s celebrate our past, present and future

TBA + virtual apero



schedule pending:



Handling mis- and dis- information about vaccines

Dr. Angus Thomson, UNICEF


9:30-11:00 (in partnership with SPHC)
Introductions by Ursula Zybach and Oscar Franco

Future challenges for Public Health. Walter Ricciardi, Professor of Hygiene and Public Health, Università Catolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, President World Federation of Public Health Assocations


Joint efforts in a time of crisis. Milo Puhan, Professor and Director, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Prevention Institute, University of Zurich


Public Health for the whole society. Markus Mader, Director Swiss Red Cross


Fragile Health Systems. Prof. Enrico Pavignani


9:00-10:30 (in partnership with SPHC)

Welcome by XX and Christian Leumann

Health or Economy? Do we have to choose? – Monika Bütler


Impact of the pandemic on Mental health – Georgia Salanti


COVID’s impact on those already socially dissadvanged  – Thomas Abel


TBA, soon



TBA, soon


TBA, soon

Institute of Public Health