Summer Course in International Health – University of Copenhagen

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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.

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. Public Health, science students, nursing and midwifery students must have obtained a BSc I their respective subjects. Health professionals must have completed mid-level training 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.


8 - 26 August 2016



Tuition fee

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: 4800 DKK,   Non- EU/EEA citizens: 7500 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 they have been nominated by their home university. The course must be an integrated part of their study programme.

How to apply to the 2016 session

Application deadline is the 1st of April 2016.
Applicants will be informed if they have been admitted no later than the 1st of May 2016.

Selection criteria

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.

Contact course coordinator

Ms Birgitte Gantriis

Course manager:

Professor Thor Theander

Mailing address

Summer Course in International Health
School of Global Health
University of Copenhagen
PO Box 2099
DK-1014 Copenhagen K