About us

The Institute of Global Health is the natural evolution of the University of Siena’s tradition in science, infectious diseases, its prevention and treatment, vaccines and public health.

The University of Siena has left its footprint in global health already early in the last century with the pioneering work of its former rector and scientist, Professor Achille Sclavo, who realized the importance of and the need for teaching a broad audience about hygiene principles. His scientific research work at the University of Siena led to the discovery of anthrax antiserum and the establishing of an Vaccine Institute he founded in Siena which was later selected by Albert Sabin as production site for the oral polio vaccine.

This long tradition and diversified activities have established the University of Siena as a center of excellence in bioscience R&D and education. To centralize different educational programs in this area, University has created the Institute for Global Health.

The Institute for Global Health provides specialized courses in select areas of global health, equipping program participants with the practical and professional expertise they need to lead the next generation of scientists, researchers, and health practitioners across the globe.

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Educational programs

The Institute offers internationally recognized programs delivered by global academic and industry leaders in the areas of basic sciences, political sciences, and public health.

Programs focus on the areas of immunization, infectious diseases, and clinical development, being the only worldwide Master Program awarding an academic degree in this discipline. Over 90% of Institute alumni currently work in global, prominent positions in vaccinology and public health.

Please note that all programs are conducted in English.

Degree Courses

Executive Courses

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Our team


Prof. Emanuele Montomoli

Prof. of Public Health
Chairman and founder of Institute for Global Health
President of the Master Programs and Technical Scientific Committee – Clinical Development

Prof. Dr. Sue Ann Costa Clemens

Prof. of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Head of Institute for Global Health
Director of Master Programs Clinical Development

  Prof. Pietro Lupetti

Prof. of Zoology and Microscopy
Founder and PhD Director of Institute for Global Health

International Scientific Board

Emanuele Montomoli
Chairman and founder of Institute for Global Health

Sue Ann Costa Clemens
Founder and Head of Institute for Global Health

Pietro Lupetti
Founder and PhD Director of Institute for Global Health

Fred Zepp
Chairman of the Pediatric department, University of Mainz
Member of the German Vaccine Policy Body – Stiko

Ananda Bandyopadhyay
Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Ingmar Hoerr
Chief Executive Officer, Curevac AG



Elena Cellai
Executive Assistant

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The Institute for Global Health is grateful to the sponsors and partners who ensure that we can continue to make a lasting impact on global health in the developing world. They share their resources, expertise, and international resources to help support us in our work.

Master in Vaccinology and Pharmaceutical Clinical Development sponsors and partners



Faculty members – Partner institutions

WHO; EMA; PEI; IVI; CDC; BMGF; ECDC; PATH; GAVI; FIOCRUZ; CHERMID; CHMO; European Community; Sabin Institute; Health Dep. London; Health Dep. Italy; Tropical Lab Antwerp; Federal Agency Belgium; Institute Pasteur; MRC Gambia; Welcome Trust; VisMederi; Brighton Collaboration; Butantan; G-Con; Novartis; Sanofi Pasteur; Roche; GSK; Pfizer; Valneva; Curevac.


Interested in getting involved? Become a sponsor or a partner and help The Institute for Global Health change the face of medicine in the developing world.


Latest news

The University of Siena hosts training for National Influenza Centres

A training workshop on Laboratory Quality Management and Biosafety was held at the University of Siena (Italy) from 23-27 July 2018 to support the achievement of the PIP Framework goal of improving pandemic preparedness and response, by strengthening global laboratory surveillance capacity. Further information at: https://www.who.int/influenza/2018sienatrainingworkshop/en/ https://mailchi.mp/who.int/influenzawho-newsletter-october-2788801?e=c97d85e03e#Siena

Alumni workshop 2017

Alumni Workshop: Beyond capacity building November 15 & 16, 2017, Lyon The University of Lyon hosted the Institute for Global Health (IFGH) University of Siena- First Alumni Workshop (“Beyond Capacity Building”) of the Master in Vaccinology and Pharmaceutical Clinical Development. The event was held on November 15 and 16, 2017 at the Université De Lyon, …

Launch of the Institute for Global Health at the University of Siena

The Institute for Global Health is born at the University of Siena A major international project dedicated to public health This strategic initiative aims to combine leading expertise with cutting-edge innovation capabilities for superior training in the development of vaccines and drugs against infectious diseases (Siena) The inauguration of the Institute for Global Health (IFGH), …