Denmark, The course takes place on several locations in Sri Lanka

Cross-disciplinary Field Course in Sri Lanka on Global Health

when 1 August 2016 - 21 August 2016
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee EUR 800

The course is an inter-disciplinary course applying several different learning activities including lectures, field visits, independent group work, report writing, group presentations and self-reflection. The program is structured as follows:

1-2 weeks in Kandy w/ University of Peradeniya:

Introduction to health research at University of Peradeniya
Introduction to main health challenges and selected health topics (lectures and field visits)
Introduction to the urban health system and institutions (lectures and field visits)
Field visits to health institutions and research sites

1-2 weeks in Anuradhapura w/ Rajarata University of Sri Lanka:

Introduction to health research at Rajarata University of Sri Lanka
Introduction to the rural health system and institutions (mainly field visits)
Introduction to alternative Ayurveda health providers and institutions (field visits)
Introduction to NGOs and research fieldwork (field visits)
Group work-focused field visits to health institutions and research sites
The course ends with a research symposium with group presentations to be attended by interested supervisors, student assistants and faculty staff.

Course leader

Thilde Rheinländer

Target group

The summer course is relevant to postgraduate/master/PhD level students with interest in all aspects of health, including academic background and/or have experience with veterinary medicine, environmental health/geography, humanistic aspects of health such as health communication and health promotion, epidemiology, medicine, anthropology, public health and any other relevant aspect.

Course aim

This field course aims at providing the students with an understanding of health research settings, methods, possibilities and challenges in a middle-income setting – as Sri Lanka. In particular, the student will be introduced to and gain good understanding of significant challenges in contextual urban, rural, private and government health systems. Furthermore, the student will gain a basic understanding of the broad variety of health research methods and designs, as applied by Sri Lankan and international research actors such as clinical and epidemiological research, bio-sampling, GIS-mapping, community surveys and qualitative/humanistic health research.

Fee info

EUR 800: EU/EAA citizens
EUR 1250: Non EU/EAA citizens


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