Denmark, Copehagen

Global Health Challenges

when 7 August 2017 - 18 August 2017
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee DKK 427

The Summer Course in Global Health Challenges convenes students from a range of professional backgrounds and introduces them to the key concepts, determinants, opportunities and challenges in global public health - internationally as well as in Denmark. 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. Gathering a truly international group of passionate students, 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.

The course consists of one week e-learning and two-weeks class based learning. The course will cover key Sustainable Development Goals of importance on global health will address health topics including: Health & human rights, non-communicable diseases and communicable diseases, demography, social determinants of health, access to medicines, technology and innovation, humanitarian assistance, economics, migration & mental health, and health systems in a global context.

Practical workshops run most afternoons. These workshops are optional, as are social activities in the evening (e.g. Cake for Global Thought).

Reflecting its global focus, this summer course is taught by a global group of renowned lecturers and practitioners from the University of Copenhagen as well as other national and international institutions. These include the World Health Organization, the Global Climate and Health Alliance, the George Institute and more.

Course leader

Flemming Konradsen

Target group

Participants must have a relevant academic background (minimum requirement is current enrolment at undergraduate level or professionals with a relevant academic background). We accept students with backgrounds in medicine, public health, nutrition, political science, sociology, anthropology, and more.

Students must have an adequate level of English as all lessons, group discussions, etc. are carried out in English. No official language test is required.

Course aim

The overall objective of this course is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and competences to understand the key concepts, determinants, opportunities and challenges in global public health - internationally as well as in Denmark.

Credits info

5 EC
A course certificate will be issued upon completion of the course, based on at least 80% participation during the two weeks on-campus module. There will be attendance control twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.

Fee info

DKK 427: EU/EAA citizens
EUR 800: Non- EU/EAA citizens


Novo Nordisk International Talent Programme (NNITP) offers a scholarship to incoming students from IARU universities or from Harvard University.