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 addresses living conditions and vital statistics for Arctic populations. It addresses determinants and risk factors for health, including genetic susceptibility, environment, social factors, diet and nutrition, smoking, and alcohol and substance use.

Furthermore, the course looks 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.

The course explores 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.

Finally, the course includes elements of how to work with and among indigenous populations in the Arctic, both when working within health delivery and within research.

On-line module 15 July - 9 August 2019
On-campus module 12 - 23 August 2019
Exam 23 August 2019

Credit points: 7.5 ECTS

Who can participate?

The course is primarily intended for MSc students, PhD students and health professionals.

The course is relevant for you, if you are: 

  • a public health science student
  • a medical student
  • a nursing and midwifery student
  • another academic, studying a degree in an area relevant to the Arctic
  • a health professional or other professionals from an academic area relevant to the Arctic

How is the course structured?

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

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.

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 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. 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?

You can apply for the North2North scholarship, if you are an incoming student from one of the North2North higher education institutions.

  • Application deadline is 15 February 2019

Contact the North2North contact person at your home institution for information on application procedures.

Please note, that 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

Course Responsible: Anders Koch


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.