The international summer course in Global Health Challenges


The international summer course in Global Health Challenges

The international summer course in Global Health Challenges consists of one week e-learning and two weeks on-campus. The course is an introduction to the greatest global health challenges of our time, and is open to all students or professionals with a relevant academic background and an interest in global health.


The Summer Course in Global Health Challenges convenes students from a range of professional backgrounds and introduces them 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, 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.

The course is relevant to medical students, public health science students as well as others working within and with health and health systems from a great diversity of perspectives.

Course structure

The course consists of one week e-learning and two-weeks class based learning. The e-learning module will consist of uploaded literature and it requires 27 hours work. Online activity will be monitored. Please note that 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. The course will cover key Sustainable Development Goals of importance on global health including:

  • Health & Human Rights
  • Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Communicable Diseases
  • Public Health Demography
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Access to Medicines
  • Health & Development
  • Technology, Innovation & Global Health
  • Disasters & Humanitarian Assistance
  • Economics & Global Health
  • Climate change & global health
  • Migration & Mental Health
  • Health Systems in a Global Context
  • …and more.

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 (e.g. Cake for Global Thought). Additional social activities are usually arranged during the summer course, depending on the interest and initiative of participants.

There is no exam but attendance of at least 80% during the two weeks on-campus module is required in order to pass the course and receive the certificate.


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.

Credits and exam

Credits 5 ECTS
Course participation
Course certificate is achieved on the basis of approved course participation.
Marking scale: pass/fail

A course certificate will be issued upon completion of the course, based on at least 80% participation during the two weeks on-campus module. There will be attendance control twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.


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.

Participants, who are not students of the Master of Science in Medicine at the University of Copenhagen, must have completed at least undergraduate level training within a relevant academic field.

We accept students with backgrounds in medicine, public health, nutrition, midwifery, political science, law, sociology, anthropology, biology, veterinarian sciences, health informatics and more.

Students must have an adequate level of English as all lessons, group discussions, etc. are carried out in English. No official language test is required.

Application procedures

The online application form will be available on this web page 22 January 2018. The application deadline is 1 April 2018.

The application form includes a Letter of Motivation in which you are requested to elaborate on your reasons for applying to the summer course. 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. 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, especially in the weeks leading up to the course and during the summer course.

Many of our participants are students or professionals with a background in medicine or public health, but we encourage applicants from a wide range of academic backgrounds.

Highly competitive, 100 participants will be selected for our 2018 course.

Applicants will be informed whether or not they have been admitted to the 2018 summer course by 1 May 2018.

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


Course Responsible: Flemming Konradsen

Course administration: Marie Caroline Vermund



Summer Course in Global Health Challenges
School of Global Health
University of Copenhagen
Øster Farimagsgade 5, building 9
DK-1353 Copenhagen K

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.

The application deadline is extended to 1 May 23:59 (CEST).

For more information about Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen.

Read also:  Global Health Policy Fellows Program

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