Masterclass Global Health Diplomacy

Healthcare professionals in the Netherlands are to a limited extent involved in (international) health policy, while they can make a valuable contribution to it. Most students do not learn much about health policy in healthcare-related curricula. IFMSA-NL therefore organises the Masterclass Global Health Diplomacy in the youth delegate program, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. By highlighting different sides of global health policy and diplomacy, you will learn knowledge and skills, which will provide you with a basis for being involved in international health policy in your further career.

The masterclasses will consist of (±) six sessions of a few hours in which there will be focus on, among other things, the role of big players in global health such as the WHO, substantive global health topics such as antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), and skills such as negotiating. The exact programma will be draft by the OC in accordance with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The masterclasses will be accessible for a small group of students from different study backgrounds from different parts of the Netherlands and will take place in march/april/may/june 2024. On our instagram you can find last years sessions as an example, but of course there is room for your ideas in the OC.

For more information you can send an email to or take a look at the Projectplan.

OC positions

We are looking for around four to six people to form the OC. Within the OC your are jointly responsible for organising the sessions, during which you concern yourselves with the speakers and logistics. In addition OC-members will be responsible for organising and chairing OC-meetings, promotion for the masterclasses, the communication with the participants and finances. The proposed task distribution is as followed:


Planning, preparing and chairing the OC-meetings. Follow up on the assigned tasks in between meetings and maintain contact with the coordinators of the Youth Delegate Program and IFMSA-NL. And in addition supporting the OC-members in their tasks and acting as back-up when problems arise.

Vice President

Coordinating the common mailbox and finances for the masterclass. In addition responsibility for the impact-measurement and coordinating the goals for the masterclasses. And supporting the president and replacing them in their absence.

Promotion member (1-2)

Designing promotional material (in accordance with the coordinators of the Youth Delegate Program) for the sessions, sharing the promotion with potentially interested students and taking pictures and providing a short summary during the sessions.

Logistics member (1-2)

Arranging the location, food and drinks and presents for the speakers for the masterclasses. Coordinating the selection process for the participants, if necessary. And maintaining contact with the participants before, during and after the sessions.

Besides these tasks the past masterclasses it was arranged as such, each OC-member is responsible in the coordination of one session, in which that person determines the subject, speakers and preparation tasks for the session.

This is a short example of the task distribution, how the tasks are distributed exactly will be determined in agreement with the OC.

What do we have to offer?

  • enthusiasm
  • Basic global health knowledge
  • A professional attitude towards externals
  • Good command of the Dutch language
  • A time investment of ± 2-3 hours a week from november 2023 until june 2024
  • The possibility to attend (part of) the session (afternoons in the Hague in march/april/may/june, the dates will be determined later)

What do we expect from you?

  • Enthousiasme
  • Basale kennis van global health
  • Professionele houding richting externen
  • Goede beheersing van de Nederlandse taal
  • Tijdsinvestering ± 2-3 uur per week van november 2023 tot en met juni 2024
  • Mogelijkheid om bij (een deel) van de sessies aanwezig te zijn (middagen in Den Haag in maart/april/mei/juni, data in overleg)

How to apply?

Are you excited to co-organise the Masterclass Global Health Diplomacy? Apply for the OC!

Send us an email,, 26th of november 2023 at the latest in which you mention your:

  • Motivation
  • Relevant experience
  • Possible remarks regarding your availability
  • Possible preference for a position within the OC

For more information you can send an email to or take a look at the Projectplan.

We look forward to your application!

Important: In the OC you are expected to be able to communicate in Dutch, because we work with (Dutch) externals. The masterclasses are open to non native speakers, however they will primarily be taught in Dutch.

Keep an eye out for our Instagram and this website for more information.

For questions, send us an email (