Denmark, Copenhagen

Obesity in a Cross-disciplinary Perspective

when 8 August 2016 - 19 August 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 10 EC
fee EUR 1066

Department of Public Health and the research project Governing Obesity offer an international summer course in Obesity in a Cross-disciplinary Perspective.

The course is multidisciplinary with teachers from several different disciplines.
Obesity levels are increasing all over the world and are causing concern among politicians and health professionals.

Obesity is “blatantly visible”, as WHO expresses it, you cannot conceal the condition as you can with many other risk factors and diseases. People affected by obesity are at greater risk of getting a number of diseases such as diabetes and coronary heart diseases.

But obesity is not only a health problem. People affected by obesity experience interference from other people and authorities regarding ‘what would be good and healthy’.

They are by some seen as morally weak and are blamed for their condition, and they are exposed to discrimination and stigmatization. In this course we will work with aspects of obesity from different disciplinary perspectives: history, law, philosophy, epidemiology, sociology, economics, policy analysis, physiology, psychology and public health science. (see preliminary programme)

In this course we will work with aspects of obesity from different disciplinary perspectives: epidemiology, history, law, philosophy, sociology, economics, policy analysis, physiology, medicine, psychology and public health science.

We strive to understand both why so many people become obese and what can be done to prevent and tackle obesity. We will deal with the way obese people are seen by themselves and by others and study how politicians, organisations and society try to address obesity.

Course leader

Professor Signild Vallgårda

Target group

The course is aimed at master students. We encourage applicants from a wide range of academic backgrounds and countries. The course is approved as part of the Public Health Science Master Program at the University of Copenhagen.

Course aim

The aim is both to increase the knowledge of different aspects of obesity and the awareness of how different research disciplines construct and frame the issues related to obesity.

Fee info

EUR 1066: EU/EAA citizens
EUR 1667: Non EU/EAA citizens


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