Summer Course in International Health
The former Course in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
The University of Copenhagen offers this intensive three week Summer Course in International Health targeting students and professionals with health related backgrounds. The course takes place every summer and especially addresses participants working with health provision at hospitals and health centres in developing countries.
In order to provide participants with a basic understanding of the health problems facing developing countries and the challenges these provide for their health systems, the topics of the course include tropical medicine, health promotion, disease prevention, sexual and reproductive health, social and cultural aspects of health, child health, communicable and non-communicable diseases, health related to water and sanitation and health in emergencies.
Emphasis is on the biomedical and clinical aspects of the diseases facing people in developing countries. The most important diseases will be discussed in more detail with emphasis on clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment. The conditions includes diabetes and other non-communicable diseases, malnutrition, malaria and other febrile diseases, tuberculosis, filariasis, leishmaniasis, schistosomiasis, intestinal worms, diarrheal diseases, leprosy, mental diseases, sexual transmitted diseases, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, eye-diseases, skin-diseases and snake bites. Introductions to child health and reproductive health programs are also provided.
The socio-economic context and cultural aspects of health provision in resource poor societies and the changing disease patterns in developing countries are also discussed. The health problems relating to urbanization is examined as well as the provision of health in emergencies.
Throughout the course the participants will meet a number of engaged lecturers representing a range of institutions such as University of Copenhagen, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, WHO, UNFPA, UNHCR, Red Cross and MSF. All teachers have practical experience within the field of international health. The English language course is based on active participation from the students. Depending on interest and initiative social activities will take place in afternoons and evenings.
Medical students must have obtained a BSc in Medicine and have passed clinical courses in internal medicine and surgery. Health professionals (medical doctors, midwifes, nurses, health economists, physiotherapists etc.) must have completed a bachelor degree with duration of minimum 3 years.
Students may apply for dispensation if their motivation letter states the immediate relevance of the course, for instance, a signed contract of going on a Health related mission abroad.
7 - 25 August 2017
Internal students: Students from Danish universities will not be charged any tuition fee provided that the course is accepted as part of their MSc programme. Danish students must provide a pre-approval of credit transfer upon application.
Students enrolled in certain programmes at UCPH do not require a pre-approval of credit transfer. Please study the list of programmes that are exempted from pre-approval.
External students: EU/EEA citizens: 4000 DKK, Non- EU/EEA citizens: 6250 DKK
The fee covers participation in the course. It does not cover travel, accommodation and living expenses during the course. Full payment of course fees must be transferred in May 2016. Payment details will be forwarded upon acceptance.
Please note: Exchange students from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences', UCPH, partner universities can participate in this course free of charge, if their home university has nominated them. The course must be an integrated part of their study programme.
Application - more information coming in November 2016
Application deadline is the 2 April 2017.
Applicants will be informed if they have been admitted no later than the 1 May 2017.
After the application deadline the admissions committee will go through all the applications and select the course participants, based on an assessment of who will profit the most from the course. Priority will be given to applicants with experience from working in the field, contact to or contract with a relevant institution/organization, etc.
We strongly encourage all applicants to put energy and care into the motivation-section of the online application, as this is the main selection criteria.
For more details about the course, please read the course description in UCPH's course.
Ms Birgitte Gantriis
Thor Theander, professor
Summer Course in International Health
School of Global Health
University of Copenhagen
PO Box 2099
DK-1014 Copenhagen K