1 April 2022

Arctic Health

Arctic Village

Do you wish to learn about human health in Arctic areas? Then 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 COVID-19 pandemic has had major impacts globally. Arctic populations are particularly vulnerable to such a pandemic. Yet, travel restrictions and other public health measures may have substantial impact on the course of the epidemic in such areas. In the course, emphasis will be placed on the course of the COVID-19 epidemic in the Arctic given the specific regional conditions and opportunities for control.

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.

Online module 1 - 5 August 2022
On-campus module 8 - 19 August 2022
Exam 19 August 2022

Credit points: 5 ECTS







The summer course is composed of a 1 week online module and 2 weeks on-campus 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 teachers from outside of 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








The application deadline was 1 April 23:59 (CEST). We do not receive applications at this time.

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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.