Copenhagen, Denmark

Arctic Health in Medicine

when 3 August 2020 - 21 August 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee DKK 5

Do you wish to learn about human health in Arctic areas? Join the international summer course in Arctic Health.

Traditionally, health patterns in human populations in the circumpolar Arctic are characterized by high rates of communicable (infectious) diseases and low rates of non-communicable (chronic) diseases such as e.g. coronary heart disease and diabetes.

However, these health patterns are changing following the transition of Arctic societies from those of hunting societies to those of western societies, and the significant social transitions impacted upon Arctic communities over the past decades. Furthermore, climate changes may affect Arctic populations to a larger extent than many other populations.

In this course, you will learn about health patterns in Arctic populations in light of these changes. The course addresses living conditions and vital statistics for Arctic populations. It addresses determinants and risk factors for health, including genetic susceptibility, environment, social factors, diet and nutrition, smoking, and alcohol and substance use.

Furthermore, the course looks into health consequences in terms of the particular patterns of diseases observed in these populations including infectious, cardiovascular and genetic diseases, cancer, diabetes, obesity, injuries and violence, mental health and suicide, and maternal and child health.

The course explores health systems, challenges and solutions to delivering of health care to small populations in remote areas with limited health care facilities. Special emphasis will be placed on new research results, in particular on the interplay between genes and environment.

Finally, the course includes elements of how to work with and among indigenous populations in the Arctic, both when working within health delivery and within research.

Course leader

Course Responsible: Anders Koch

Target group

The course is primarily intended for MSc students in Medicine and other health science related study programmes, PhD students and health professionals who want an insight into health patterns and health conditions in Arctic areas. Students, health professionals, or researchers who wish to work or carry out research in Arctic areas may take course as a preparatory course.

Medical students from the University of Copenhagen (UCPH), who have completed the 3rd semester of their master's degree, can apply for the summer course as part of the 5th semester perspective.

The course is also relevant for you, if you are:

a public health science student
a nursing and midwifery student
another academic, studying a degree in an area relevant to the Arctic
a health professional or other professionals from an academic area relevant to the Arctic

Course aim

The summer course is composed of a 1 week online module and 2 weeks on-campus in Copenhagen.

Teachers will be researchers and professionals working with/in the Arctic health systems. Teaching and learning is research-based, and will highlight areas, which the academic staff, their collaborators, and the health professionals, are actively engaged in. The teaching methods include formal lectures, problem-related group work and a final project.

Lecturers: Teachers from the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, and teachers from outside of the University of Copenhagen with vast work experience from Arctic health systems.

For more details, please read the course description in UCPH's course database.

Fee info

DKK 5: EU/EEA citizens
DKK 9: Non-EU/EEA citizens


You can apply for the North2North scholarship, if you are an incoming student from one of the North2North higher education institutions.

Application deadline is 15 February 2019
Contact the North2North contact person at your home institution for info.