Develop a foundational understanding of the processes citizens and civil organizations can use to influence the policies of governments, corporations, and other powerful institutions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Begin your program with online coursework, which will introduce you to the key concepts and analytical skills related to policy advocacy in global health in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This knowledge will be grounded through the analysis of case studies and various policy advocacy models. You will develop the foundational knowledge and skills to understand, evaluate, and draw lessons from different campaigns, with a focus on the policy, political, and strategy elements that are part of a successful policy campaign.

In India, you will examine real-world examples of policy advocacy in global health in response to COVID-19 pandemic in the context of New Delhi and Asian environs, through lectures and experiences with experts in field at Center for Policy Research. In New Delhi, you will develop an understanding of the specificities and nuances of policy advocacy in a multilevel governance framework. New Delhi is a fantastic place to explore these issues due to its unique governing structure involving local, autonomous, and central governments, all of which have different functions in the Asian context. You will meet and learn from policy advocates in NGOs, think tanks, the South East Asia Regional Office (SERO) of WHO, and governmental bodies.


  • Apply core concepts of policy advocacy including power, policy, and political systems to understand a variety of advocacy campaigns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Analyze approaches of advocacy intervention in response to the pandemic as applied in various policy areas and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions or campaigns.
  • Explore multidimensional perspectives on advocacy in response to COVID-19 based on the experiences of NGOs, INGOs, think tanks involved in health policy research and advocacy, and experts.
  • Examine the implications for policy advocacy in response to COVID-19 in contemporary India and neighboring Asian countries.

Syllabus coming soon

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Policy Advocacy: Concepts and Practice (online, 3 graduate credits)
Policy Advocacy: Experiences from New Delhi, India (India, 3 graduate credits)

Online Term

The online course will meet virtually for three weeks. Course content will include a mixture of synchronous class discussions and pre-recorded lectures and interviews with experts in policy advocacy in response to COVID-19. Explore key concepts including policy research and analysis, governance and political systems, theory of change, networking and coalition-building, constituent education and mobilization, lobbying, and the use of popular, mass, and social media around COVID-19.

In-Country Term

From our base in New Delhi, the nation’s capital and a hub for policymakers and global health organizations, you will explore both ancient and cutting-edge approaches to local and international public health in a region known for its active and thriving civil society. With more than 300 international and 1,000 local non-governmental organizations in New Delhi actively involved in public health and development, this program offers an ideal opportunity to build contacts, network, and collaborate with a range of public health agencies and experts. In the broader context of multilevel governance, you will have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of advocacy and public policy development in different parts of the country in response to COVID-19.

Program Components

  • 40 hours online
  • Three weeks in New Delhi, India

SIT’s faculty are practitioners in their fields. Our diverse, multicultural faculty have worked across the world as leaders, trainers, and developers in the business, nonprofit, education, and public sectors.

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Dr. Azim Khan, Associate Professor and Chair, MA Global Health Policy, Management and Administration

Dr. Steve Wandiga, Co-Chair, MA Global Health Policy, Management and Administration, and Academic Director, Kenya: Global Health and Human Rights in Africa


Bed & Breakfasts, small hotels, and apartments.

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Possible Career Paths

Students in this program go on to work in the field in a variety of areas including study abroad offices, NGOs, nonprofits, and government agencies. Find out some of the career paths that may be open to you.

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  • Policy research
  • ​Campaign management
  • Policy advocacy and advisor
  • Communications
  • Program development
  • Global health policy analyst
  • Global health policy trainer
  • Consultant
  • Program director

See a breakdown of the costs for this program.

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The total cost for this program is $5,260.

  • $2,160 – online tuition (a 40 percent discount off of normal tuition)
  • $2,325 – in-country tuition
  • $775 – room and board in country

Contact your study abroad office or SIT Admissions for more information.