Denmark, Copenhagen

International Health

when 7 August 2017 - 25 August 2017
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 640

The University of Copenhagen offers this intensive three week Summer Course in International Health targeting students and professionals with health related backgrounds. The course takes place every summer and especially addresses participants working with health provision at hospitals and health centres in developing countries.

In order to provide participants with a basic understanding of the health problems facing developing countries and the challenges these provide for their health systems, the topics of the course include tropical medicine, health promotion, disease prevention, sexual and reproductive health, social and cultural aspects of health, child health, communicable and non-communicable diseases, health related to water and sanitation and health in emergencies.

Emphasis is on the biomedical and clinical aspects of the diseases facing people in developing countries. The most important diseases will be discussed in more detail with emphasis on clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment. The conditions includes diabetes and other non-communicable diseases, malnutrition, malaria and other febrile diseases, tuberculosis, filariasis, leishmaniasis, schistosomiasis, intestinal worms, diarrheal diseases, leprosy, mental diseases, sexual transmitted diseases, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, eye-diseases, skin-diseases and snake bites. Introductions to child health and reproductive health programs are also provided.

The socio-economic context and cultural aspects of health provision in resource poor societies and the changing disease patterns in developing countries are also discussed. The health problems relating to urbanization is examined as well as the provision of health in emergencies.

Throughout the course the participants will meet a number of engaged lecturers representing a range of institutions such as University of Copenhagen, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, WHO, UNFPA, UNHCR, Red Cross and MSF. All teachers have practical experience within the field of international health. The English language course is based on active participation from the students. Depending on interest and initiative social activities will take place in afternoons and evenings.

Course leader

Professor Thor Theander

Target group

Medical students must have obtained a BSc in Medicine and have passed clinical courses in internal medicine and surgery. Health professionals (medical doctors, midwifes, nurses, health economists, physiotherapists etc.) must have completed a bachelor degree with duration of minimum 3 years.

Students may apply for dispensation if their motivation letter states the immediate relevance of the course, for instance, a signed contract of going on a Health related mission abroad.

Course aim

The overall objective of this course is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and competences to understand key concepts, determinants, opportunities and challenges in international health with a special focus on health in ressource poor societies and the disease conditions affecting these.

Fee info

EUR 640: EU/EAA citizens
EUR 1000: Non EU/EAA citizens


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