UNU-IIGH has facilitated a training session on global health diplomacy and governance in the Joint Advanced Seminars (JAS) for the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) PhD fellows from the Public Health programs of selected African universities. Led by UNU-IIGH Interim Director and Senior Research Fellow, Dr Obijiofor Aginam, the session involved 3 guest lectures and group discussions focusing on the emerging state and non-state actors in global health diplomacy and governance, health implications of global trade, investment and development issues across Africa, and the human right to health. In a globalized world where disease pathogens do not recognize the geo-political boundaries of sovereign states, health professionals must look beyond the confines of their discipline to draw the necessary linkages between public health, 2030 Agenda for Global Development, diplomacy, governance, and human rights. The Joint Advanced Seminar (JAS) was hosted by the School of Public Health, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, 27 Feb – 22 March. The CARTA PhD Fellows came from universities in Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Malawi, Kenya, and Rwanda.