Urbanisation and Health
Global and local perspectives with Copenhagen as a case
The University of Copenhagen, School of Global Health, offers a 5 ECTS summer course on Urbanisation and Health. The programme includes two weeks full time in Copenhagen and a preceding online preparatory module introducing mandatory course materials and a small, individual assignment that will serve as each participant’s input to the start-up on campus.
The course will focus on promotion of health and well-being in the urban environment across age groups and socioeconomic positions, and also on urban adaptation to climate change, management of environmental health risks, and opportunities for green urban development on health.
The course will provide you with the knowledge, skills and competences to identify, analyse, discuss and pursue approaches to address priority urban health challenges in a local and global context.
When you have completed the course, you will be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge about predominant local and global urban trends and the related health challenges and responses in terms of climate, demography, infrastructure, environmental risks, green space, physical activity, and socio-economic factors.
You will acquire the skills to analyse and discuss the dynamics of selected features of urban health with reference to relevant literature, cases and evidence. In addition to making observations and collecting data about current condition and practices and perceived health challenges and opportunities in a given urban location.
|Online preparatory materials and instructions:||Available from 27 July 2020|
|On-campus module||10 - 21 August 2020|
|Exam||21 August 2020|
Credit points: 5 ECTS
You can apply, if you have completed a bachelor's degree (or equivalent).
The course is aimed at students as well as professionals in all fields of social and natural sciences, public health, humanities, engineering, architecture, and business with an interest in health and sustainable urban development.
You must be able to read and write English at a scientific level.Selection process
After the application deadline the admissions committee will go through all the applications and select the course participants. Applicants are encouraged to put energy and care into the motivation-section of the online application, as this is the main selection criteria.
If you have not completed your bachelor degree on date of application, you must upload relevant documentation on how far you have reached in your studies at this point (credit wise etc.) as well as an account (signed by a Study Secretary or other authority) of how far you will have reached by summer, proving this is equivalent to a bachelor's degree.
Through a combination of individual preparation, face to face lectures, discussions, and field visits, the participants will be introduced to inter-disciplinary, research-based and solution-oriented approaches to the public health challenges of urbanisation. Examples will be provided from urban settings around the world while a selected location in Copenhagen will serve as the common real-life case for group work.
A core element of the course will relate to a common group assignment aimed at proposing ways to improve health and well-being among users of a particular urban space selected in partnership with the Municipality of Copenhagen. In this process the participants divided into multi-disciplinary groups will collect a range of data making use of the theories and methods introduced by the lecturers and in the readings.
On the last day of the course the group will make presentations of their proposal to a panel of experts.
Lecturers and facilitators
Lectures, field visits, and group work will be facilitated by a mix of researchers from different faculties at the University of Copenhagen supported by experts from the School of Architecture in Copenhagen, the Municipality of Copenhagen, the Copenhagen utility company HOFOR, and a selection of local and international companies and organisations.
You apply through the link in the top right hand side of this web page.
The online application form is now open. The application deadline is 1 April 2020.
You are exempted from payment, if:
You are enrolled at a Danish university and the course is part of your master's programme. Danish students must provide a pre-approval of credit transfer from their home institution upon application.
You are a student at UCPH enrolled in one of the following programmes, you do not need to apply for pre-approval of credit transfer:
- MSc in Global Health
- MSc in Health Informatics
- MSc in Health Science
- MSc in Human Biology
- MSc in Public Health Science
You are an exchange student and attend the course as part of the autumn exchange semester (min. 3 months stay).
You are an exchange student nominated through Nordplus express or Nordlys.
All other participants (students, working professionals, etc.) must pay tuition fee according to the information below.
|EU/EEA citizens||4,000 DKK|
|Non-EU/EEA citizens||6,250 DKK|
The fee covers participation in the course. It does not cover course materials, travel, accommodation and living expenses during the course.
Full payment of course fees must be transferred in May. Payment details will be forwarded upon acceptance.
You can only get a refund of your tuition fee, if you cancel at least two month prior to the beginning of the course including e-learning modules.
Unfortunately, the University of Copenhagen does not offer any scholarships or tuition fee reductions.
If you have questions about the course content, please write to UrbanLiving@sund.ku.dk.
Accommodation: Please note that the summer courses are non-residential. Participants are responsible for finding and funding accommodation during their stay in Copenhagen.
You can use different online portals to search for accommodation, such as:
- Hostel World
- The University of Copenhagen Housing Foundation (acceptance letter from UCPH required)
Copenhagen has an international airport, and the city centre can be reached within 30 minutes. If you want additional information read Arriving in Copenhagen.
You can find many answers to frequently asked questions about the faculty's summer courses, such as:
- tuition fee payments
- arrival and departure
If you need specific academic information about the individual courses, you must contact the relevant course responsible directly.
Some memories from the course in 2016:
NB: This year a mandatory online module has been added to the programme that should be completed in the last weeks before we meet on campus August 10
Reserved rights for changes.
"The Urbanisation and Health summer course is relevant to anyone regardless of their field. Health is something that all humans can relate to. The course was a great supplement to my professional knowledge as an architect. It added another layer of awareness, and allowed me to really explore the link between health and the environment.”
- Sibusiso Lwandle, Pretoria, South Africa, course participant in 2019
"What I really like about this summer course is the fact that people come from all over the world. They each bring their own experiences from their home cities here to Copenhagen, which creates some very interesting discussions about the different perspectives and perceptions of the problems regarding health in an urban setting."
- Aurea Oradini Alacreu, Milan, Italy, course participant in 2019
“Translating theory into practice together with international students from different professional fields has given me new and inspiring prospects of how to promote access to active play, nature and the outdoors through urban initiatives - and this is essential for health and well-being both locally and globally.”
- Mette Kurtzhals, Copenhagen, Denmark, course participant in 2019