SGLK13027U Summer School in Global Health Challenges

Volume 2015/2016

MSc in Medicine

MSc Public Health

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


The Summer School 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 - internationally as well as in Denmark. Through a mix of lectures, case studies, group work and workshops, this summer school 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 school 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.

Topics covered by the course are: 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; Migration & Mental Health; Health Systems in a Global Context; and more.

Learning Outcome

The overall objective of this course is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and competences to understand the key concepts, determinants, opportunities and challenges in global public health - internationally as well as in Denmark. Upon completion of the course, the student will:


  • Have gained a broad understanding of global health governance and its actors.
  • Have gained an understanding of the global transition in disease burdens and its determinants
  • Demonstrate an understanding of global health challenges related to climate change, migration and trade policies.
  • Have gained an understanding of challenges to national and regional health services in responding to changes in disease burdens.



  • explore, explain and analyse many of the greatest challenges to current and future health at global and regional level
  • be able to analyse dilemmas in priority setting in global health
  • Be able to reflect upon the role of key global health stakeholders in shaping policies and programs targeting global health challenges.




  • Have the competences in reflecting and discussing policies and programs across sectors, disciplines, and cultures.
  • Demonstrate competences in advocacy, communication, and networking.

2-3 mandatory articles per topic will be provided through an online database prior to the summer school to allow students to prepare for lectures.

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. We will assess your English skills based on your Letter of Motivation (part of the online application form).
Participants must have a relevant academic background (minimum requirement is current enrollment at undergraduate level). We accept students with backgrounds in medicine, public health, nutrition, political science, sociology, anthropology, and more. If you are unsure of the relevance of your academic background to this course, please contact the course coordinator.
Course content is at introductory level, and no previous experience with global health is required. However, as admission to the program is highly competitive, previous experience (through similar academic courses, field work, voluntary work, etc.) is an advantage. Please elaborate on any such experience in your Letter of Motivation.
Lectures, group work, case studies, and workshops.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 60
  • Practical exercises
  • 9
  • Preparation
  • 41
  • Total
  • 110
Type of assessment
Course participation
Active participation throughout the course
Exam registration requirements

At least 80 % attendance

All aids allowed
Marking scale
completed/not completed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period

There is no exam. A course certificate will be given at the end of the course provided the student has attended at least 80% of the summer school


No exam - course certificate at the end of the course

Criteria for exam assesment

Students must sign the participants list twice daily to document their attendance.