International Health

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
  • cancer
  • triage
  • and health in emergencies

Emphasis is on the biomedical and clinical aspects of the diseases people are facing in developing countries. The most important diseases will be discussed in more detail with emphasis on clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment.

The conditions include diabetes and other non-communicable diseases, malnutrition, malaria and other febrile diseases, tuberculosis, filariasis, leishmaniasis, schistosomiasis, intestinal worms, diarrheal diseases, mental diseases, sexual transmitted diseases, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, eye-diseases, and diseases/death caused by pesticides. Introductions to child health and reproductive health programs are also provided as well as simulation-training in relevant clinical situations.

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.

On-campus module 3 - 21 August 2020

Credit points: 5 ECTS