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Improving health and achieving equity in health

How does urbanization, climate change and migration affect health and health care? How can we use the evidence on effective bio-medical and health care interventions to develop better health policies?

New and emerging infectious diseases, changing disease patterns, aging, rising costs of health care – these are problems that add complexity to the already considerable health challenges the world is facing today. Many diseases do not stop at national borders and most health problems have social, political and economic impacts. The world is more than ever in need of a vision of health that spans the globe. At the same time, innovative answers to health challenges emerge, like novel pharmaceuticals, neurotechnologies, genomics, m health (using mobile phones), field test kits that replace whole laboratories, as well as innovative funding schemes and care arrangement (for example community-based health care). But how can we make these answers fit the challenges that are emerging? History shows numerous, at best, not-so-effective health interventions and unintended consequences. To effectively address these complex health challenges, global health researchers need to cross disciplinary boundaries and interact with health professionals, patients and others to gain in-depth understanding of global health problems, and to set out cohesive and strategic action to solve these problems. Within higher education, this requires more societal accountability and engagement to help students connect with the society and learn competencies to deal with real world societal challenges.

In this minor, students will get the opportunity to work together with various local and global communities on a real-world problem and develop sustainable innovations. Through community engagement students can build a network, practice real life problem solving and work on competences for life such as transdisciplinary collaboration, reflection, dealing with diversity, creativity, leadership and adaptability.

The minor is inter/trans-disciplinary and is a good preparation for various Master's programmes like Health Sciences, Global Health and Management, Policy-Analysis & Entrepreneurship in Health and Life Sciences.

Overview courses

  • Future Challenges in Global Health

    This course explores future challenges and explores how to use the evidence on effective biomedical and health care interventions to develop better health policies.

  • Key Strategies in Disability and Neuropathy

    In this course you learn to reflect on various philosophical perspectives related to disability and diversity and think about your own perspective.

  • Double Burden of Disease

    During this course you will explore the double burden of disease and its causes from a global perspective. You will also gain insight in the effects on people, professionals and health care systems and on interventions and health system responses.

  • Drivers of Change in Global Health

    This course consists of a series of lectures which provide insight into a number of important drivers of change in different parts of the world, such as urbanization, climate change, migration, technological development, and how they affect health and health care.

  • Community-based Health Interventions

    This course focuses on why Community-based Health Interventions are essential for solving complex health issues and the types of interventions involved. We will take you through the history of Community-based Health Interventions and the theoretical foundations of this strategy.