Arctic Health - international summer course – University of Copenhagen

Arctic Health

Do you wish to learn about human health in Arctic areas? Join the international summer course in Arctic Health.

Traditionally, health patterns in human populations in the circumpolar Arctic are characterized by high rates of communicable (infectious) diseases and low rates of non-communicable (chronic) diseases such as e.g. coronary heart disease and diabetes.

However, these health patterns are changing following the transition of Arctic societies from those of hunting societies to those of western societies, and the significant social transitions impacted upon Arctic communities over the past decades. Furthermore, climate changes may affect Arctic populations to a larger extent than many other populations.

In this course, you will learn about health patterns in Arctic populations in light of these changes. The course will address living conditions and vital statistics for Arctic populations; it will address determinants and risk factors for health, including genetic susceptibility, environment, social factors, diet and nutrition, smoking, alcohol and substance use.

The course will, furthermore, look into health consequences in terms of the particular patterns of diseases observed in these populations including infectious, cardiovascular and genetic diseases, cancer, diabetes, obesity, injuries and violence, mental health and suicide, and maternal and child health.

Finally, the course will explore health systems, challenges and solutions to delivering of health care to small populations in remote areas with limited health care facilities. Special emphasis will be placed on new research results, in particular on the interplay between genes and environment.

International Congress on Circumpolar Health

The course will follow the 17th International Congress on Circumpolar Health, the biggest international event in the world of circumpolar health taking place in Copenhagen August 12-15, 2018.

Course participants who do not have their course fee funded from their universities or from elsewhere, will have the possibility to participate in the International Congress on Circumpolar Health for free. The number of such conference stipends is limited. Please contact Anders Koch for more information.

Course structure/ teaching methods

The summer course is composed of two modules: an e-learning module in June-July and a 2-week on-campus module in Copenhagen 16-28 August 2018.

Teachers will be researchers and professionals working with/in the Arctic health systems. Teaching and learning is research-based, and will highlight areas, which the academic staff, their collaborators, and the health professionals, are actively engaged in. The teaching methods include formal lectures, problem-related group work and a final project.

Lecturers: Teachers from the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, and national and international teachers from outside the University of Copenhagen with vast work experience from Arctic health systems.

Credits and exam

Credits 7.5 ECTS

Oral presentation and defense of final project

Marking scale: pass/fail


  • Medical students (elective course): Obtained bachelor degree in Medicine.
  • Public Health Science students at bachelor's or master's level.
  • Nursing and midwifery students: Obtained  professional bachelor degree.
  • Other academics: Obtained bachelor degree in area relevant to the Arctic.
  • Health professionals: mid-level training of minimum 3 years.

Application procedures

The online application form will be available on this web page 22 January 2018. The application deadline is 1 April 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 master's 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 6,000 DKK
Non-EU/EEA citizens 9,375 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 2018. Payment details will be forwarded upon acceptance.

A limited number of fee paying participants have the chance of participation in International Congress on Circumpolar Health free of charge. Please contact Anders Koch for more information.

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 Administrator: TBA

Course Responsible: Anders Koch

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 description in UCPH's course database.

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