Denmark, Copenhagen

Arctic Health

when 7 August 2017 - 25 August 2017
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee DKK 4250

Do you wish to learn about human health in Arctic areas? Join the international summer course in Arctic Health.

Traditionally, health patterns in human populations in the circumpolar Arctic are characterized by high rates of communicable (infectious) diseases and low rates of non-communicable (chronic) diseases such as e.g. coronary heart disease and diabetes.

However, these health patterns are changing following the transition of Arctic societies from those of hunting societies to those of western societies, and the significant social transitions impacted upon Arctic communities over the past decades. Furthermore, climate changes may affect Arctic populations to a larger extent than many other populations.

You will learn about health patterns in Arctic populations in light of these changes. The course will address living conditions and vital statistics for Arctic populations; it will address determinants and risk factors for health, including genetic susceptibility, environment, social factors, diet and nutrition, smoking, alcohol and substance use.

Finally, the course will address health consequences in terms of the particular patterns of diseases observed in these populations including infectious, cardiovascular and genetic diseases, cancer, diabetes, obesity, injuries and violence, mental health and suicide, and maternal and child health.

Special emphasis will be placed on new research results, in particular on the interplay between genes and environment.

Besides health patterns, the course will address health systems, challenges and solutions to delivering of health care to small populations in remote areas with limited health care facilities.

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Fee info

DKK 4250: Guiding price for EU/EEA citizens. For additional information about the final price, please contact the department that offers the course in question.