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Urbanisation and Health

Global and local perspectives with Copenhagen as a case

UCPH Summer Course in Urbanisation and Health
Masterplan for Kalvebod Brygge by Dorte Mandrup, illustration by LUXIG✪N

The University of Copenhagen’s School of Global Health offers a two week, full-time summer course on Urbanisation and Health.

The course will focus on promotion of health and wellbeing 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.

On-campus module 12 - 23 August 2019
Exam 23 August 2019

Credit points: 5 ECTS

Who can participate?

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.

How is the course structured?

Through a combination of 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 wellbeing among users of a particular urban space selected in partnership with the Municipality of Copenhagen. In this process 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 they will make presentations of their proposal to a panel of experts.


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, the Municipality of Copenhagen, the Copenhagen utility company HOFOR, and international organisations.

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 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.

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?

Unfortunately,  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 UrbanLiving@sund.ku.dk.

Course Director: Flemming Konradsen

Course Coordinator: Bjørg Elvekjær


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.

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