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