About the School of Global Health
School of Global Health is anchored at the Department of Public Health, at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
School of Global Health has a board to provide oversight and support. The board is headed by the Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. Seats on the go to the deans of the participating faculties and the Head of the Department of Public Health and the Director of School of Global Health.
The Board appoints the director and approves School of Global Health's strategic direction, work plans and budgets.
The Board also supports the development of research and education at the School of Global Health and ensures the proper coordination of all activities within the school as well as outside. The Board meets once annually and may appoint an international advisory committee on an ad hoc basis to provide specific inputs for strategy documents, major research initiatives, and to evaluate the performance of the school.
Current board members
- Bente Merete Stallknecht - Dean Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Head of Board
- Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen - Dean Faculty of Social Sciences
- Jacob Graff Nielsen - Dean Faculty of Law
- Kirsten Busch Nielsen - Dean Faculty of Humanities
- Carsten Selch Jensen - Dean Faculty of Theology
- Katrine Krogh Andersen - Dean Faculty of Science
- Theis Lange - Head of Department of Public Health
- Lena Skovgaard Andersen - Director of School of Global Health
Purpose and goals
School of Global Health defines Global Health as the research area which deals with all major health problems affecting low- and middle-income societies, including the health concerns that transcend national boundaries and are influenced by circumstances in other countries, such as trade policies, copyright laws, and global migration.
The overall purpose of School of Global Health is to coordinate and improve health research and training at the University of Copenhagen, in collaboration with local and global partners, and to promote health and development by research- and evidence based interventions against major health problems affecting low- and middle income societies.
School of Global Health provides the framework for collaborative, interdisciplinary, cross-faculty research and educational activities locally, with a constantly updated global perspective.
The purpose and goals of School of Global Health will be achieved through:
- Facilitating coordination and collaboration between Danish universities, private sector, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and non-governmental organisations focusing on knowledge sharing and applied research to reduce the disease burden in low- and middle income countries;
Contributing to long-term institutional capacity strengthening of partner universities in Africa to undertake research, education, administration, and knowledge management;
Continuing to engage in partnerships with ministries of health and other relevant line ministries in low- and middle income countries focusing on training and further education of the professional work force and the establishment of evaluation and monitoring systems;
Collaborating with other networks and institutions to gather evidence, promote and raise public debate about health and living conditions in a global perspective including the influence of globalisation of health care services and health care in Denmark;
Contributing to strengthening the Danish resource base including attracting leading researchers and increase the level of international funding to global health research.
Communication and outreach
School of Global Health is engaged in outreach activities designed to foster interactions between the global health research community and the Danish and global society at large. We want citizens, public authorities and health professionals to engage with global health and to learn more about activities, events, news and research.
Our communication and outreach has four major aims:
- Disseminate: To disseminate SGH knowledge and research results to all involved and interested partners, students and the public
- Dialogue-based communication: To build a dialogue-based communication platform using events and social media to promote dialogue between students, the public, professionals, politicians and researchers
- Interdisciplinary communication and outreach: To enhance the effectiveness and inclusiveness of global health education and research by strengthening interdisciplinary communication and outreach among students, researchers and partners through seminars, workshops, events and teaching
- Awareness: To increase awareness of SGH and improve collaborations and networking at national and international levels among students, researchers and partners.