International Health – University of Copenhagen

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International Health

The former Course in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

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
  • health related to water and sanitation
  • and health in emergencies

Emphasis is on the biomedical and clinical aspects of the diseases facing people 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, leprosy, mental diseases, sexual transmitted diseases, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, eye-diseases, skin-diseases and snake bites. Introductions to child health and reproductive health programs are also provided.

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 5 - 23 August 2019

Credit points: 5 ECTS

Who can participate?

Health professionals

Health professionals such as medical doctors, midwives, nurses, physiotherapists etc. are welcome to apply. You must have completed an education related to health, which as a minimum should include a bachelor's degree with a duration of minimum 3 years of studies.

UCPH medical students

Medical students from the University of Copenhagen (UCPH), who have completed the 3rd semester of their master's degree, can apply for the summer course as part of the 5th semester perspective: Internationalt perspektiv - international sundhed, which includes an 8 weeks clinical attachment at a hospital in Tanzania. It is a requirement for admission to the summer course that you participate in the clinical attachment. If you are accepted to the summer course, you are automatically registered for International Study Exposure – Health Provision in Tropical Africa.

Before the clinical attachment, you must have completed the following courses:

  • Course certificate in Clinical Course in Internal Medicine
  • Course certificate in Clinical Course in Surgery
  • Course certificate in Clinical Course in Anaesthesia
  • Course certificate in Patient Safety and Quality Development
  • Course certificate in Clinical Course in Ophthalmology
  • Course certificate in Clinical Course in Otorhinolaryngology
  • Course certificate in Clinical Course in Dermatology and Venereology
  • Course certificate in Clinical Course in Neurology and Neurosurgery
Other medical students

Medical students from universities other than UCPH should have similar qualifications as UCPH medical students. In effect, this means that you should be about to start your final year.

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, based on an assessment of who will profit the most from the course. Priority will be given to applicants with experience from working in the field, contact to or contract with a relevant institution/organization, etc.

40 places are reserved for UCPH medical students. If the number of applicants exceeds this number, participants will be selected by lottery.

We strongly encourage all other applicants to put energy and care into the letter of motivation, as this is the main selection criteria. 

How is the course structured?

The 3 weeks intensive course is based on active participation from the students.

Most teaching is delivered as lectures, but teaching is also provided for smaller groups and as group work. Laboratory exercise in diagnoses of parasitic diseases.

Depending on interest and initiative social activities will take place in afternoons and evenings.


Throughout the course the participants will meet a number of engaged lecturers representing a range of institutions, such as, University of Copenhagen, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UN organisations, MSF and a number of other NGO´s.

All teachers have practical experience within the field of international health.

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.

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: Professor Thor Theander

Course administration: Ms Birgitte Gantriis


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.