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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. 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.


This is a postgraduate level course 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. The course is taught in English.


The objective of the course is to provide the participant with knowledge, skills and competences to identify, analyse, discuss and pursue approaches to address priority urban health challenges in a local and global context. Upon completion of the course, the student 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.

Analyse and discuss the dynamics of selected features of urban health with reference to relevant literature, cases and evidence.

Make observations and collect data about current condition and practices and perceived health challenges and opportunities in a given urban location. Including relevant stakeholders in this process and integrating range of reflections, findings and recommendations in and make presentation of  proposed interventions.


Lectures, facilitation of field visits and group work will be provided 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 private sector, international organisations and civil society initiatives. 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.

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.

Applicants who have not completed their bachelor degree on date of application please 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.

Credits and exam

Credits 5 ECTS
Oral exam
Marking scale: pass/fail

On the last day, to pass the course, the groups must present their proposal to a panel of experts including representatives from the University of Copenhagen and stakeholders from the outside.

Application procedures

The online application form will be open 22 January 2018. Application deadline is 1 April 2018 23:59 (CEST).

Tuition fee

Participants exempted from payment:

Students from Danish universities will not be charged any tuition fee provided that the course is accepted as part of their MSc programme. Danish students must provide a pre-approval of credit transfer upon application.

Students enrolled in certain programmes at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH, do not need a pre-approval of credit transfer. Please study the overview of study programmes, where preapproval of summer course is not required.

Exchange students from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences', UCPH, partner universities can participate in this course free of charge, if they have been nominated by their home university. The course must be an integrated part of their study programme.

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 travel, accommodation and living expenses during the course. Full payment of course fees must be transferred in May 2018. 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.

Contact information

Course Director: Flemming Konradsen

Course Coordinator: Bjørg Elvekjær

Contact: UrbanLiving@sund.ku.dk

Additional information

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.

For more details about the courses please read the course descriptions in UCPH's course database.

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