Denmark, The course takes place on several locations in Sri Lanka

Cross-disciplinary Field Course in Sri Lanka on Global Health

when 29 July 2017 - 18 August 2017
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee EUR 800

The University of Copenhagen’s School of Global Health offers a three-week field course in global health and research.

The course is an inter-disciplinary course applying several different learning activities including lectures, field visits, independent group work, report writing, group presentations and self-reflection. The program is structured as follows:

The course ends with a research symposium with group presentations to be attended by interested supervisors, student assistants and faculty staff.

For 3 weeks the course participants will be hosted by and receive inputs from several experienced Sri Lankan research institutions.

The course includes:
•Introduction to the health system and public health institutions in Sri Lanka (lectures and field visits)​
•Introduction to selected current health challenges and selected health topics (lectures and field visits and group work)
•Introduction to selected health research trends in Sri Lanka (lectures and discussions)
•Introduction to the Ayurvedic health system (traditional health system)

There is emphasis on cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural group work throughout the course. Students will be divided to groups of 5-7 members. Each group focus on one specific self-selected health topic (5-7 topics will be announced). Students will pursue insights into this area of health research through lectures, field visits, group work, verbal presentations, debates with staff, group discussions, report writing, self- and group-reflection. The group work is central for the course, where students independently pursue insights, through field visits into a specified health topic, guided by a Sri Lankan faculty member or health expert, and in corporation with Sri Lankan post graduate students as co-researchers and interpreters.

Topics which can be explored during group work includes (but are not limited to):
•Environmental Health including vector-borne diseases, disease control and interventions
•Maternal/reproductive and child health
•NCDs, including kidney disease, tobacco/alcohol, diabetes/nutrition
•Mental health (e.g. self-harm and suicide prevention, maternal mental health)
•Health promotion, health education, and health communication
•Alternative medical systems/local healing practices (e.g. Ayurvedic medicine and Bhuddism)

Course leader

Thilde Rheinländer

Target group

This course is aimed at master level students with interest in all aspects of health, including academic background. Including participants who have experience with veterinary medicine, environmental health/geography, humanistic aspects of health, epidemiology, medicine, anthropology, public health etc.

Course aim

This field course aims at providing the students with an understanding of health research settings, methods, possibilities and challenges in a middle-income setting – as Sri Lanka. In particular, the student will be introduced to and gain good understanding of significant challenges in contextual urban, rural, private and government health systems. Furthermore, the student will gain a basic understanding of the broad variety of health research methods and designs, as applied by Sri Lankan and international research actors such as clinical and epidemiological research, bio-sampling, GIS-mapping, community surveys and qualitative/humanistic health research.

Fee info

EUR 800: EU/EAA citizens
EUR 1250: Non EU/EAA citizens


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