1 April 2022

Global Health Case Challenge

Winners of the case challenge in 2019
The winning team in 2019

The Global Health Case Challenge is a summer course designed to strengthen university students’ problem-solving competencies and increase their engagement in real-world global health related issues. Through a combination of academic skills and innovative thinking, 50 students will collaborate in multidisciplinary teams to come up with the best solution to a case question provided by an external public or private partner. Each team present their solution both in writing and as a short oral pitch to a panel of examinators on the final day.

The course starts with an online preparatory module consisting of video lectures and mandatory readings on methodological and analytical approaches and case specific topics (18 hours workload). 

The on-campus programme is dedicated to case-solving and teamwork. Underway, each team will also be given feedback from relevant resource persons. After the course, all students will hand in an individual reflection assignment (7 hours workload).

The course will provide you with in-depth knowledge about the principles of innovation, entrepreneurship and feasibility, effective communication, stakeholder mapping as well as the complexities within global health innovation and the selected global health challenge such as equity, social justice, individual privileges, power dynamics and the post-colonial influence on global health.

You will acquire the skills to identify, assess and integrate facts and data relevant to the case into the solution as well as apply innovation and problem-solving methods. You will learn how to co-create and communicate in a multidisciplinary and international context, and how to pitch your ideas persuasively. 

This course has been co-developed by the Nordplus-funded network ‘Nordic Universities for Global Health Challenges’, which includes the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Uppsala University, Karolinska Institute and the University of Copenhagen.

On-campus module 8 - 12 August 2022
Exam 19 August 2022

Credit points: 2.5 ECTS


You can apply, if you have completed a bachelor's degree (or equivalent).

The course is aimed at students as well as professionals in all academic fields with an interest in global health and innovation.

You must be able to read and write English at a scientific level.

Selection process
After the application deadline the admissions committee will go through all the applications and select the course participants. Applicants are encouraged to put energy and care into the motivation-section of the online application, as this is the main selection criteria.

If you have not completed your bachelor degree on date of application, you must upload relevant documentation on how far you have reached in your studies at this point (credit wise etc.) as well as an account (signed by a Study Secretary or other authority) of how far you will have reached by summer, proving this is equivalent to a bachelor's degree.




Participants are requested to prepare individually online via lectures, readings and other resources. Some common resources will be made available, some should be identified and selected by the participants themselves to fill gaps.

On the first day on campus the case question is revealed and the teams begin their case work. The following three days will be devoted to group work to develop solutions and presentations supported by one-on-one coaching sessions on pitching underway. Also, resource persons will be available to give feedback to each team.

On the last day on-campus, the groups will pitch their solutions and receive feedback from a panel of examinators. Afterwards there will be a session where there will room for peer-to-peer comments and discussions as well as feedback from the examinators. Finally, to complete the course each participant is requested to produce a short reflection report to be submitted no later than one week after the course that will release the credits subject to approval.

For more details, please read the course description in UCPH's course database







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

You apply through the online form below. Please note, that we do not accept late applications.

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If you have questions about the course content, please write to CaseChallenge@sund.ku.dk

Course responsible: Flemming Konradsen

Course administration: Morten Mechlenborg Nørulf



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.