Groningen, Netherlands

Sustainable Health

online course
when 5 July 2021 - 10 July 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC

Where does COVID-19 come from and was it avoidable in the first place? What are its connections with the Black Lives Matter movement, and why do minority groups experience worse outcome after infection? What has been the role of health systems in coping with the pandemic?

After answering all these questions, we will discuss potential answers to the most important one: what should the ‘new, better, normal’ after COVID-19 look like?

The answer to this question depends heavily on how we want to define health, overcoming the concept of health as a commodity, advocating for it to be sustainable. Sustainable health is a new concept based on the principles of preventive medicine and sustainable health systems, equitably distributed in populations, and in harmony with the planet we live in, in order to maintain and improve the health of the generations to come. During the summer school, this concept will be explored in detail exploring the interconnectedness of preventive medicine, planetary health, social determinants of health and international governance.

An interactive online learning environment will be created for the students who will attend lectures and participate in a number of varied online interactive activities. The learning process will be centered on sharing experiences and peer-to-peer learning in an international and multicultural context. Students will be sent some material in advance (reading material and questions to be researched and answered) so to get ready to interact in a fruitful and engaging way with their colleagues.

This Summer School in Sustainable Health will accompany the students in a philosophical, scientific, and social journey, which will enable them to explore the interconnectedness of many contextual factors in relation to health. From structural racism to the Amazon forest burning, from the financing of health systems to the international laws regulating asylum, students will reflect on the complexity and interdependence of the many aspects of the current situation, imagining a new, better normal to advocate for.

Course leader

Dr Valentina Gallo

Target group

Do you have a million questions on the countries response to COVID-19? Are you appalled by the differential mortality in COVID-19 among minorities? Are you actively advocating for a better relationship with the planet we leave in? Then, come to the Summer School in Sustainable Health to find complex but coherent answers to all of your questions.

This summer school is open to anyone with an MSc degree (or equivalent) or above. The course might be specifically interesting for students with a background in medicine or allied science, natural science, and social science and with a specific interest in exploring the concept of sustainability applied to health.

Course aim

After this course you will be able to:

1. Define sustainable health together with its immediate corollaries
2. Appreciate the complexity of the factors affecting global health at population level
3. Critically appraise reasons for different distribution of COVID-19 mortality between and within populations
4. Connect with likeminded people around the world for start building a new, better normal after COVID-19

Credits info

2 EC
Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 56 hours (corresponding to 2ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Fee info

EUR 0: Fees are calculated as 1/100th of the GDP per capita in 2019 in $ in the country where the student lives and works, as reported by the World Bank converted in Euros. For help in calculating the fees, please get in touch with us SustainableHealthSummerSchool@rug.nl

Fees include remote participation to the summer school (including online social activities) and a copy of the certificate sent to the address indicated by the student

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