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Global Health

This course will provide you with in-depth insights into the growing complexity of the burden of disease.

Course description

In a globalizing world, health challenges transcend national boundaries and are becoming more complex. To face these challenges, including those posed by pandemics like COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS, we need a two-way flow of resources, expertise and know-how between the Global North and Global South, involving stakeholders from different scientific disciplines. Only a combined learning process of this kind has the potential to generate effective, innovative solutions to global health issues and to create equitable health systems around the world.

This course will provide you with in-depth insights into the growing complexity of the burden of disease, particularly in low and middle-income countries, as well as the main challenges surrounding health systems, infectious and non-communicable conditions, and child and reproductive health. It will equip you with a critical and holistic view of these challenges, as well as potential solutions.

Thanks to our association with the Amsterdam Institute of Global Health and Development (AIGHD), we can offer students access to an extensive network of partners and experts in health and related domains. In group discussions and debates, we will invite you to think critically about these global issues. Your learning experience will be further enriched through thought-provoking interviews with key local and international actors in the field.

For your reference, you can download here the preliminary course syllabus for the 2024 course.

Continue reading below for more information.

About this course

Course level

  • Advanced

Course coordinator

  • Mitzi Waltz


  • 3 ECTS

Contact hours

  • 45


  • English

Tuition fee

  • €735 - €1310

Additional Course Information

  • Learning Objectives

    By the end of this course you will:

    • Gain critical knowledge of local and global health issues.
    • Be able to take an interdisciplinary approach to health and disease-related problems around the world.
    • Possess the necessary skills to collaborate with peers from different disciplines.
    • Know how to obtain reliable and critical data to develop a topic for discussion.
    • Possess the skills needed to discuss topics related to global health.
  • Course schedule and programme

    Here you can download the preliminary syllabus for 2024. 

    *Please note that this is a preliminary syllabus and that it can still change before the start of the course.

  • Forms of tuition and assessment

    Forms of tuition

    This course will be taught through lectures, group discussions, presentations and interviews.


    The final mark of the course will be absed on group activities with debate and an interview.

  • About the course organiser

    Dr. Mitzi Waltz is programme coordinator for the Research Masters Global Health at VU Amsterdam. Her field of particular expertise is Disability Studies, with a speciality in autism and a keen interest in disability rights.

  • Course syllabus

    Here you can download the preliminary course syllabus where you will find the provisional reading list and detailed course schedule for 2024.

    *Please note that it is a preliminary and that it still might be subject to change.  

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