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Global Health Challenges

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The international summer course in Global Health Challenges is an introduction to the greatest global health challenges of our time.

The course will cover key Sustainable Development Goals of importance to global health including:

  • Health & Human Rights
  • Global Health Governance
  • Epidemiological Transition
  • Sexual & Reproductive Health
  • Determinants of Health
  • Access to Medicines
  • Health & Development
  • Technology, Innovation & Global Health
  • Disasters & Humanitarian Assistance
  • Migration & Mental Health
  • Health Systems in a Global Context

You can expect course participation by students and young professionals from a range of professional backgrounds, and an introduction to the key concepts, determinants, opportunities and challenges in global public health.

Through a mix of lectures, case studies, group work and workshops, this summer course will explore, explain and analyse many of the greatest challenges to current and future health. Gathering a truly international group of passionate students and young professionals , the summer course aims to serve as a platform for networking, capacity building and inspiration, thus empowering participants to become more effective health leaders, thinkers and change-makers.

On-line module 29 July - 3 August 2019
On-campus module 5 - 16 August 2019

Credit points: 5 ECTS

Who can participate?

You can apply, if you have completed your bachelor's degree or at least 3 years full time studies within a relevant academic field, for instance:

  • medicine
  • public health
  • nutrition
  • midwifery
  • political science
  • law
  • sociology
  • anthropology
  • biology
  • veterinarian sciences
  • health informatics

UCPH medical students enrolled in the 2015 master's curriculum can only participate in the course as part of the 5th semester perspective: Internationalt perspektiv - global sundhed.

Students must have an adequate level of English as all lessons, group discussions, etc. are carried out in English.

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. You should include how this course might benefit you in your future work or studies, and list any former experience with global health or health issues, both nationally and internationally.

How is the course structured?

The course consists of one week e-learning and two-weeks class based learning.

The e-learning module will consist of uploaded literature, quizzes and writing a policy brief. The e-learning module requires 27 hours work, which can be spread out over two weeks or completed in one week. Online activity will be monitored, and a policy brief must be handed in in order to participate in the on-campus program.

You must complete and hand in a policy brief in order to attend the on-campus program. Since attendance is the requirement for passing the course, you must have no more than two days of absence during the on-campus module if you wish to pass the course and receive the course certificate.

Lectures form the majority of the mandatory program and take place between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m daily. One mandatory evening event will take place during the first on-campus week. Practical workshops will be offered for selected afternoons from 4.00-5.30 p.m. These workshops are optional, as are social activities in the evening. Additional social activities are usually arranged during the summer course, depending on the interest and initiative of participants.


Reflecting its global focus, this summer course is taught by an international group of renowned lecturers and practitioners from the University of Copenhagen as well as other universities, private companies, civil society organisations and the UN system.

For more details, please read the course description in UCPH's course database.

How do I apply?

You apply through the link in the top right hand side of this webpage.

The online application form will be available on this web page mid-January 2019. The application deadline is 1 April 2019.

Please make sure to register an e-mail account that you use regularly, e.g. not a work e-mail that you do not access over the summer. It is important that we are able to reach you via e-mail frequently.

How much is the tuition fee?

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 the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH,  and the course has already been approved for your study programme. Please study the overview of study programmes, where preapproval of summer course is not required.

You are an exchange student and attend the course as part of your Erasmus+ exchange semester (min. 3 months stay).

You are an exchange student nominated through Nordplus express or Nordlys.

Fee-paying participants:

All other participants (students, working professionals, etc.) must pay tuition fee according to the information below.

EU/EEA citizens 5,000 DKK
Non-EU/EEA citizens 9,000 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.

Refund policy

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.

Can I apply for a scholarship?

You can apply for the Novo Nordisk International Talent Programme (NNITP) scholarship, if you are incoming students from IARU universities, Harvard University, or University of Sydney.

  • Application deadline is 1 April 2019.

Read about application procedures and the NNITP at International Education & Grants homepage.

Please note, that the University of Copenhagen does not offer any scholarships or tuition fee reductions.

Contact information

If you have questions about the course content, please write to

Course responsible: Flemming Konradsen

Course administration: Marie Caroline Vermund


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:

Copenhagen has an international airport, and the city centre can be reached within 30 minutes. If you want additional information read Arriving in Copenhagen.

Please study our websites for more information about Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and the University of Copenhagen.


Please consult the FAQ for the faculty's summer courses, if you have additional questions.