It may be our first edition online, but it will be 29 years of mutual learning for change.


We come together 24-29 August 2020 for interactive lectures from experts, 1 day and 3 day courses, online networking opportunities and exchanges including daily poster presentations


each 3 day course = 1 ECTS or 18.5 credits from SPHD

3, one day courses = 1 ECTS

The courses of the SSPH+ Lugano Summer School are acknowledged by SPHD. Swiss Public Health Doctors. (Schweizerische Gesellschaft der Fachärztinnen und -ärzte für Prävention und Public Health) as an advanced training. 

To earn credit, participants must attend the course, 1 lecture series per day during the course &  and pass the final assessment.


1 Day Courses

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

Nino Kuenzli

M,T,W from 13:00-15:00
This course can be combined with other 1 day or 3 day courses without problems.

Scholarships are available

Using Law and Policy Effectively in Public Health: The Case of Covid-19

Dominique Sprumont | Luisa Cabal | Scott Burris

Friday August 29th

This course is cancelled. No further enrollments


3 Day Courses: Monday-Wednesday

24-26 August

Systems analytics. Data driven decision making made easy.

Jo-An Atkinson | 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).

*This course is supported by the SLHS PhD programme, Department of Health Sciences, University of Lucerne.

NCD control in a global health perspective: Public health and systems strengthening approaches

Kaspar Wyss | Pascal Bovet

This course is full. No further enrollments

Policy Options on Mental Health

Emiliano Albanese | Benedetto Saraceno | Marta Fadda | Dzmitry Krupchanka

Community-based Participatory Methods in Public Health: Understanding, Informing, and Co-creating

Nadina Luca | Maria Amalia Pesantes

*This course is supported by the SDC.

This course is full. No further enrollments

3 Day Courses: Thursday – Saturday

27-29 August

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

*This course is supported by the SLHS PhD programme, Department of Health Sciences, University of Lucerne.

This course is full. No further enrollments

Plenary lecture series

every day 9-10 and 17:00-18:00 (Central European Summer Time, GMT+2)

Each day we have 2 lectures, one morning and one evening, from experts who discuss a pressing topic in public health today. These take place online with live, moderated Q&A period. Each lecture will be recorded and made available to participants on the online platform.

These plenaries are open to the public, free of charge.

Registration is not mandatory, but will help us plan the zoom and moderation. Go here to register

Monday 24 August


COVID and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Erika Placella, (SDC) Direzione dello sviluppo e della cooperazione, DFAE. (CH)

Tuesday 25 August


“Systems analytics and health policy, economics, & management decisions. Data-driven decision making, made easy.”

Prof. Jo-An Atkinson, Head, Systems Modelling & Simulation, Youth Mental Health and Technology,  Brain and Mind Centre, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney (Australia)


Covid and primary health level and health system response

Prof. Benedetto Saraceno


Wednesday 26 August


Air pollution and COVID-19

Prof. Dr. Nino Kuenzli


In the early phase of the COVID pandemic, a very fast spread of the virus was observed in regions also known for their high ambient air pollution, e.g. Wuhan in China or Northern Italy. Thus, discussions about the role of ambient air pollution in this pandemic emerged early on, in a variety of channels and settings (e.g., social media and academia). Moreover, the identification of so-called “COVID-19-risk groups” such as people with a range of chronic diseases also raised the questions of the relevance of air pollution given its known effects on some of these same diseases. Last but not least, the societal actions taken to flatten the COVID-19-epidemic also affected air quality, thus public health. The lecture will present the potential pathways linking ambient air pollution and the pandemic. The state of evidence and open questions will be discussed.


Community engagement

Dr. Amalia Pesantes, CRONICAS, Lima Peru


Thursday 27 August


The Design of Health Care Environments – Examples of Evidence-Based Design

Prof Dr. des. Minou Afzali & Prof. Dr. Arne Scheuermann


The fields of design, architecture and communication are all playing an evermore important role in the healthcare sector. If we are to attain a comprehensive understanding of “health”, we need processes, tools, and infrastructures to enable us to utilise these fields actively and to cater for the special needs of people in the healthcare sector.

Evidence-based design takes psychological, social and physical aspects into account when designing healthcare facilities. This reduces patient stress, promotes well-being and supports the healing process. In addition, relatives and employees of healthcare facilities also benefit from such an environment.

In this plenary, participants will gain an insight into evidence-based design in the healthcare sector. In the first part, members of the interdisciplinary working group Health Care Communication Design (HCCD) of the Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH and the newly founded Swiss Center for Design and Helath, will provide participants with some theoretical background. In the second part of their presentation, they use concrete examples to show what effects design measures can have in the context of healthcare. This will be followed by an open discussion.


Public Private Partnerships and Business Models for better health

Friday 28 August


 “Creating demand for public health goods and services: A focus on nutrition”

Dr Rowena Merritt, Senior Advisor on Consumer Insights and Social Marketing, Sight & Life; and World Food Programme


Economics, Public health, and COVID

Prof. Fabrizio Mazzonna


Poster sessions

every day

Chat with the Steering Committee

every day

Institute of Public Health and Institute of Communication and Public Policy