03 October 2019

External Lecturer - Health Beyond Borders

DIS is currently hiring part-time faculty to teach a second section of the elective course Health Beyond Borders from January, 2020.

Course Description

Globalization contributes to major shifts in global health challenges, as well as how these are perceived and addressed. Global health has become a discipline in itself, addressing health issues and responses which transcend borders. It emphasizes not only the medical aspects, but also the broader connections to economic and political factors, and the connections between the national and international aspects. 

The focus of this course is therefore on perspective: to map and analyze those global shifts in health, identifying progress and challenges. The course adopts a broad approach, covering a wide range of health issues and a global geographic vision, emphasizing disparities and cultural differences. The course encourages students to share their diverse experiences. It also seeks to give students the tools to rapidly find and critically apply information. The current syllabus can be found here.

There are many good reasons to teach at DIS, such as excellent opportunities to

  • Work in an international, informal and enthusiastic environment with emphasis on cross-cultural understanding, teamwork, innovation, and adaptability
  • Develop interactive, experiential teaching skills and teaching experience in English
  • Impact American students/upcoming professionals by sharing Scandinavian heritage and best practices
  • Expand professional networks in Scandinavia and in the USA

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • Classroom teaching and other experiential learning activities
  • Student assessment, grading and feedback throughout the course
  • Teaching Spring (mid January – mid May) and Fall (mid August – mid December) semesters
  • Teaching takes place Mondays and Thursdays, 11:40-13:00. 
  • Total course load is 23 lectures (1.5 hours each) and 2 field studies per semester, plus grading and feedback
  • Teaching takes place at DIS Copenhagen
  • Salary according to ‘Lektoraftalen’

Please note: In your first semester (Spring 2020) you will be required to engage in a mentorship with the existing teacher in order to ensure academic consistency between the two course sections. Therefore, we would like the chosen candidate to sit in on as many of the existing faculty’s classes as possible, which take place immediately before, from 10:05-11:25.

Professional competencies

The ideal candidate has solid experience and is well-versed in the field – academically, practically and politically. We are looking for a strong candidate with: 

  • Relevant educational background (MSc. in Global or Public Health or similar) 
  • Relevant work experience (preferably from more than one of the following): NGO, ministry or other government institution, research institution, (private) health organization etc. 
  • Work experience with international fieldwork, including relief work and/or development work
  • Work experience with writing reports, policy proposals and/or formulating policies
  • Excellent academic English
  • Broad knowledge and enthusiasm regarding the global health and public health fields
  • Experience in creating a structured and interactive learning environment 
  • Openness to pedagogical support from DIS 
  • Ability to translate DIS’ interactive, hands on teaching philosophy into practice 

Application process and deadline

Please submit a CV and an application letter in English via the application link as soon as possible and no later than October 14, 2019.


Contact Assistant Program Director, Science and Health, Louise Iversen at lbi@dis.dk or +45 3057 6933.

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