Netherlands, Amsterdam

Global Health

when 2 July 2016 - 16 July 2016
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 1000

In a globalizing world, health challenges are also transcending national boundaries and becoming more complex. This course addresses the growing complexity of the burden of disease, particularly in low and middle-income countries, as well as the main challenges surrounding health systems, infectious and non-communicable conditions, child health, and reproductive health. Students will gain a critical and holistic view on these challenges as well as potential solutions.

The VU Amsterdam University's association with the Amsterdam Institute of Global Health and Development (AIGHD) offers students access to an extensive network of partners and experts in health and related domains that invite students to think critically global health issues via group discussions and debates. Students' learning is further enriched through interviews with key local and international actors in the field as well as a visit to a relevant institution, such as the Royal Tropical Institute or the Amsterdam Community Health Service.

Course leader

Dr. Sorana Iancu

Target group

Students with a science background and an interest in complex health problems in an international context.

Course aim

You gain a critical knowledge of local and global health issues.
You can take an interdisciplinary apporoach to health and disease-related problems arount the world.
You possess the skills needed to collaborate with peers from different dsciplines.
You know how to obtain reliable and critical data to develop a topic for discussion.
You possess the skills needed debate topics related to global health.

Credits info

Contact hours: 45

Fee info

EUR 1000: The tuition fee includes an airport pick-up service, welcome goodiebag, orientation programme, on-site support, 24/7 emergency assistance, and a transcript of records after completion of the course.

An early bird discount of €100 is available for students who apply before 1 March, and students from VU Amsterdam as well as from exchange partner universities will receive a €250 discount. You apply for the discount simply by indicating that you are currently a student at VU Amsterdam or at a partner university in the online application.

All courses include excursions. We will also organize trips and excursions as part of our social programme, which is a great way to get to know your fellow students and learn more about Amsterdam and the Netherlands. The social programme is not included in the tuition fee.

Furnished accommodation is available. Various housing options will be offered, starting at €425 for two weeks.


The Amsterdam Summer School offers ten scholarships that cover the full tuition fee of one course. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is 31 March. Information about how to apply for the scholarship will be posted soon on the Summer School Website.