As in the past, the Virtual Course is delivered in close collaboration with the secretariats of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The Virtual Course takes a holistic approach to the interlinkages between trade and public health. It responds to requests by members and observers for training and capacity building on these issues, especially in view of the current global health crisis. It will follow the approach developed in the 2nd Edition of the WHO-WIPO-WTO Trilateral Study “Promoting Access to Medical Technologies and Innovation: Intersections between Public Health, Intellectual Property and Trade”, published in 2020 and available at

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a major global public health crisis and underlines the need for global cooperation. The Virtual Course on Trade and Public Health will address the need for coherent policy responses throughout the programme, building on the experience gained in  a series of workshops organized by the WTO Secretariat since 2005.

The programme consists of one introductory module followed by five substantive modules. Selected participants will have one week to work through each module at their own pace. They will have access to background materials and video lectures, with a quiz at the end of each module. Participants will also be asked to attend webinars with different stakeholders to discuss topical issues regarding innovation and access to health-related technologies, collaboration on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as regulatory cooperation.

Who should apply?

The Virtual Course on Trade and Public Health is intended for senior government officials who have established expertise and hands-on experience in health, trade and intellectual property issues. Candidates should be proficient in English and be ready to actively participate in discussions and webinars.

How to apply?

Government officials from WTO members and observers eligible to benefit from WTO training activities are invited to apply by 23 April 2021.

Detailed information regarding the application procedures is available here.




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