Denmark, Aarhus

Global Health

when 5 August 2013 - 23 August 2013
duration 3 weeks
credits 5 EC

The first part of the course will address issues of global health determinants, measurements and trends. Epidemiology of disease patterns and health care delivery systems as well as the biological and socio-cultural contexts of health will be presented and major diseases and conditions in developing countries are reviewed. Other fundamental aspects relating to the wellbeing of individuals such as ethics, equity, human rights and cultural and environmental issues are also included. The second part will focus on the biomedical and clinical aspects of the diseases suffered by people in developing countries. The main diseases dealt with during the first week will be discussed in greater detail with emphasis on clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment. Transition in health and the double burden of disease as well as nutritional issues, reproductive health and the influence of injuries and natural disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies will also be covered. The third part will emphasize on collaborative efforts to improve Global Health. Current programs and initiatives will be presented and examples given of the challenges, successes and failures. Future possibilities will be discussed and the entire course will be summed up providing a platform for continued engagement in Global Health.

Course leader

Per Kallestrup, Aarhus University

Target group

Medical students, who have completed preclinical training. Medical doctors, midwifes and nurses. Public Health students, nursing and midwifery students, health professionals – all with mid-level training of minimum 3 years. Individuals with a general interest in the field of global health.

Course aim

The main objective of the course is to provide participants with a broad introduction to the principles and goals of Global Health, but also to provide knowledge that will enable students to participate in the further development of the field as well as partake in the provision of health services at hospitals and health centres in low- and middle-income countries. Learning outcomes: It is intended that the students at the end of the course will be able to identify the major global health problems and be able to describe them using commonly used terms. The students will gain an understanding of global health challenges involving social and ethical issues, and they will be able to identify and describe social inequalities in health and their impact nationally and globally. They will be able to diagnose and treat the main disease patterns and gain practical experience in using demographic methods and will be able to design health programs focusing on both specific solutions and more general initiatives. The course will provide students with an academic platform to point out to decision makers which measures, beyond diagnosis and treatment of individual patients, are needed to improve global health. The course will promote students' ability to assess whether a health problem can be remedied and how and together with relevant authorities design interdisciplinary, evidence-based interventions. Finally, the course will prepare future candidates from HEALTH to participate in civic education on topics relevant to global health.

Fee info

EUR 0: Students on a bilateral exchange programme do not have to pay. Freemovers are obliged to pay participation fees while tuition fees only apply to freemovers from countries outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland.