Copenhagen, Denmark

Global Health Challenges

when 23 July 2020 - 14 August 2020
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee DKK 5

The international summer course in Global Health Challenges is an introduction to the greatest global health challenges of our time.

The course will cover key Sustainable Development Goals of importance to global health including:

Health & Human Rights
Global Health Governance
Epidemiological Transition
Sexual & Reproductive Health
Medical Tourism
Access to Medicines
Behaviour Change & Health Communication
Health & Development
Technology, Innovation & Global Health
Disasters & Humanitarian Assistance
Migration & Mental Health
Health Systems in a Global Context
Private Sector Perspectives
You can expect course participation by a truly international group of students and young professionals from a range of professional backgrounds, and an introduction to the key concepts, determinants, opportunities and challenges in global public health.

Through a mix of lectures, case studies, group work and workshops, this summer course will explore, explain and analyse many of the greatest challenges to current and future health. The summer course aims to serve as a platform for networking, capacity building and inspiration, thus empowering participants to become more effective health leaders, thinkers and change-makers.

Course leader

Course responsible: Flemming Konradsen

Course administration: Marie Caroline Vermund

Target group

You can apply, if you have completed your bachelor's degree or at least 3 years full time studies within a relevant academic field, for instance:

public health
political science
veterinarian sciences
health informatics
UCPH medical students enrolled in the 2015 master's curriculum can only participate in the course as part of the 5th semester perspective: Internationalt perspektiv - global sundhed.

Students must have an adequate level of English as all lessons, group discussions, etc. are carried out in English.

Selection process
After the application deadline the admissions committee will go through all the applications and select the course participants. Applicants are encouraged to put energy and care into the motivation-section of the online application, as this is the main selection criteria. You should include how this course might benefit you in your future work or studies, and list any former experience with global health or health issues, both nationally and internationally.

Course aim

The course consists of 9-days of e-learning and two-weeks class-based learning.

The e-learning module will consist of literature, tasks and writing a policy brief. The e-learning module requires 27.5 hours work, which can be spread out over over a longer period of time, although there will be deadlines to follow during the time period of 23 – 31 July. Online activity will be monitored, and a policy brief must be handed in in order to participate in the on-campus program.

You must complete and hand in a policy brief in order to attend the on-campus program. Since attendance is the requirement for passing the course, you must have no more than two days of absence due to illness during the on-campus module if you wish to pass the course and receive the course certificate.

Lectures form the majority of the mandatory program and take place between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m daily. One mandatory evening event will take place during the first on-campus week as well as a social event called National Food & Drinks Party. Workshops may be offered for selected afternoons from 4.00-5.30 p.m. These workshops are optional, as are any social activities in the evening. Additional social activities are usually arranged during the summer course, depending on the interest and initiative of participants.


Reflecting its global focus, this summer course is taught by an international group of renowned lecturers and practitioners from the University of Copenhagen as well as other universities, private companies, civil society organisations and the UN system.

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

Credits info

5 EC
Can I apply for a scholarship?
You can apply for the Novo Nordisk International Talent Programme (NNITP) scholarship, if you are incoming students from IARU universities, Harvard University, or University of Sydney.

Application deadline is 1 April 2019.
Read about application procedures and the NNITP at International Education & Grants homepage.

Please note, that the University of Copenhagen does not offer any scholarships or tuition fee reductions.

Fee info

DKK 5: EU/EEA citizens
DKK 9000: Non-EU/EEA citizens


You can apply for the Novo Nordisk International Talent Programme (NNITP) scholarship, if you are incoming students from IARU universities, Harvard University, or University of Sydney.

Application deadline is 1 April 2019.
Read about application proce