Denmark, Copenhagen

International Health

when 8 August 2016 - 26 August 2016
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee EUR 640

University of Copenhagen offers this intensive three week Summer Course in International Health targeting students and professionals with health related backgrounds. The course takes place every summer and especially addresses participants working with health provision at hospitals and health centres in developing countries.

In order to provide participants with a basic understanding of the health problems facing developing countries and the challenges these provide for their health systems, the topics of the course include tropical medicine, health promotion, disease prevention, sexual and reproductive health, social and cultural aspects of health, child health, communicable and non-communicable diseases, health related to water and sanitation and health in emergencies.

Throughout the course the participants will meet a number of engaged lecturers representing a range of institutions such as University of Copenhagen, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, WHO, UNFPA, UNHCR, Red Cross and MSF. All teachers have practical experience within the field of international health. The English language course is based on active participation from the students. Depending on interest and initiative social activities will take place in afternoons and evenings.

Course leader

Professor Thor Theander

Target group

Medical students which have completed preclinical training (in the Danish system: obtained a bachelor degree), public health science students, nursing and midwifery students, health professionals with mid-level training of minimum 3 years. Medical doctors, midwifes and nurses. Individuals with a general interest within the field of international health.

Course aim

The overall objective of this course is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and competences to understand key concepts, determinants, opportunities and challenges in international health with a special focus on health in ressource poor societies and the disease conditions affecting these. Upon completion of the course, the student will:


Have gained a broad understanding of the disease conditions affecting ressource poor societies.

Have gained an understanding of the global transition in disease burdens and its determinants.

Have gained an understanding of health provision in ressouce poor societies and its actors

Have gained an understanding of health challenges during disasters and provision of health during such circumstances


Be able to assist in providing health services in ressource poor societies

Be able to analyse dilemmas in priority setting in intenational health

Be able to reflect upon the role of key global health stakeholders in shaping policies and programs targeting internationall health challenges.


Have the competences in providing basic health care across disciplines and cultures in ressource poor societies.

Demonstrate competences in advocacy, communication, and networking.

Fee info

EUR 640: EU/EAA citizens
DKK 1000: Non EU/EAA citizens


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