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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 developed and developing countries, 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.

Our registration deadline has passed, it is no longer possible to apply. You can leave your contact details to be added to our summer 2023 newsletter.

About this course

Course level

  • Advanced

Course coordinator

  • Mitzi Waltz


  • 3 ECTS

Contact hours

  • 45


  • English

Tuition fee

  • €650 - €1150

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

    Take a look at the course schedule and the programme.

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