Barcelona, Spain

Innovation, Access &Health

when 16 July 2017 - 21 July 2017
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 225

The World Health Organisation considers equitable access to effective, safe and affordable drugs, diagnostic devices and preventive tools such as vaccines as vital to the attainment of the highest possible standard of health by all, i.e.: the right to health. It is also a key component of the Sustainable Development Goal number 3, that proclaims “Health for All” as the shared vision of the international community to be reached in 2030. Furthermore, access to treatment is a cornerstone of Universal Health Coverage, without which households risk to be impoverished when facing catastrophic health-related expenditures.

Despite that, large parts of the world population do not have access to the tools that will prevent them from being ill, or progress in their diseases, or even die. This could be because either the quality medicines they need exist but are not affordable or accessible to them, or because the disease they experiment has no treatment as it has been neglected by the current research & development model.

The Barcelona Global Health Summer School 2017 will gather key experts in the field to address the causes, contexts, and consequences of the inequitable access to medicines and what to do about it.

About the Barcelona Global Health Summer School:
The Barcelona Global Health Summer School aims to provide students and young professionals with an opportunity to increase their knowledge in the most pressing global health challenges of today. Each year, participants from all around the world gather in Barcelona to discuss problems and exchange ideas on emerging and defying problems in the field of global health.

The first edition took place in July 2014 and looked into different health systems and their impact on healthcare and their different links to the United Nation’s post-2015 development agenda. The second edition explored the relationship between climate change and health, taking into account various components at the heart of global health, such as economics, governance and advocacy. Last year’s edition explored Adolescent Health and the different ways it is being affected by the unprecedented social, economic, and cultural changes of our era.

This year promises to be just as exciting and relevant, as innovation and access to health technologies will be put under the spotlight, for experts to discuss and participants to explore.

Target group

Students and young professionals (up to 35 years old) from Medicine and related disciplines.
Proficiency in English is required.

Course aim

Developping participants’ competencies in the field of Research and Development, access to healthcare technologies and innovation.

Creating a network of young professionals interested in Research and Development, access to healthcare technologies and innovation.

Credits info

Certificate: Students who attend at least 80% of the course sessions will receive a certificate of participation.

Fee info

EUR 225: Includes course materials, activities and coffee.
Accommodation is NOT included. A list of housing options will be provided to accepted participants.
EUR 202: Students affiliated to IFMSA are entitled to a 10% fee discount. Affiliation will be verified by a letter signed by the local association chairperson. Payment details will be provided upon acceptance.


The Associació d'Estudiants de Ciències de la Salut (AECS) is handing out 100€ grants for Catalan undergraduates. The selection criteria will be announced at their official webpage: and through social media.