The course is a combination of classical lectures, field visits and practical learning experiences. Here the students are learning to give artificial respiration to a baby.
The University of Copenhagen offers this intensive three-week Summer Course in International Health targeting students and professionals with health-related backgrounds. The course takes place every summer and especially addresses participants working with health provision at hospitals and health centres in developing countries.
In order to provide participants with a basic understanding of the health problems facing developing countries and the challenges these provide for their health systems, the topics of the course include:
- tropical medicine
- health promotion
- disease prevention
- sexual and reproductive health
- social and cultural aspects of health
- child health
- communicable and non-communicable diseases
- and health in emergencies
Emphasis is on the biomedical and clinical aspects of the diseases people are facing in developing countries. The most important diseases will be discussed in more detail with emphasis on clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment.
The conditions include diabetes and other non-communicable diseases, malnutrition, malaria and other febrile diseases, tuberculosis, filariasis, leishmaniasis, schistosomiasis, intestinal worms, diarrheal diseases, mental diseases, sexual transmitted diseases, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, eye-diseases, and diseases/death caused by pesticides. Introductions to child health and reproductive health programs are also provided as well as simulation-training in relevant clinical situations.
The socio-economic context and cultural aspects of health provision in resource poor societies and the changing disease patterns in developing countries are also discussed. The health problems relating to urbanization is examined as well as the provision of health in emergencies.
|On-campus module||2 - 20 August 2021|
|Exam||20 August 2021 (course participation)|
Credit points: 5 ECTS
Health professionals such as medical doctors, midwives, nurses, physiotherapists etc. are welcome to apply. You must have completed an education related to health, which as a minimum should include a bachelor's degree with a duration of minimum 3 years of studies.
UCPH medical students
Medical students from the University of Copenhagen (UCPH), who have completed the 3rd semester of their master's degree, can apply for the summer course as part of the 5th semester perspective: Internationalt perspektiv - international sundhed, which includes an 8 weeks clinical attachment at a hospital in Tanzania. It is a requirement for admission to the summer course that you participate in the clinical attachment. If you are accepted to the summer course, you are automatically registered for International Study Exposure – Health Provision in Tropical Africa.
Before the clinical attachment, you must have completed the following courses:
- Course certificate in Clinical Course in Internal Medicine
- Course certificate in Clinical Course in Surgery
- Course certificate in Clinical Course in Anaesthesia
- Course certificate in Patient Safety and Quality Development
- Course certificate in Clinical Course in Ophthalmology
- Course certificate in Clinical Course in Otorhinolaryngology
- Course certificate in Clinical Course in Dermatology and Venereology
- Course certificate in Clinical Course in Neurology and Neurosurgery
Other medical students
Medical students from universities other than UCPH should have similar qualifications as UCPH medical students. In effect, this means that you should be about to start your final year.
Students must have an adequate level of English as all lessons, group discussions, etc. are carried out in English.
After the application deadline the admissions committee will go through all the applications and select the course participants, based on an assessment of who will profit the most from the course. Priority will be given to applicants with experience from working in the field, contact to or contract with a relevant institution/organization, etc.
40 places are reserved for UCPH medical students. If the number of applicants exceeds this number, participants will be selected by lottery. No letter of motivation is needed for UCPH medical students.
We strongly encourage all other applicants to put energy and care into the letter of motivation, as this is the main selection criteria.
The 3 weeks intensive course is based on active participation from the students.
Most teaching is delivered as lectures, but teaching is also provided for smaller groups and as group work as well as hands-on simulation training.
Depending on interest and initiative social activities will take place in afternoons and evenings.
Throughout the course the participants will meet a number of engaged lecturers representing a range of institutions, such as, University of Copenhagen, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UN organisations, MSF and a number of other NGO´s.
All teachers have practical experience within the field of international health.
The application deadline is 1 April 23:59 (CEST).
You apply through the link in the top right hand side of this web page.
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 UCPH enrolled in one of the following programmes, you do not need to apply for pre-approval of credit transfer:
- MSc in Health Science
- MSc in Human Biology
- MSc in Medicine (5th semester perspective: International Health)
- MSc in Public Health Science
You are an exchange student and attend the course as part of the autumn exchange semester (min. 3 months stay).
You are an exchange student nominated through Nordplus express or Nordlys.
All other participants (students, working professionals, etc.) must pay tuition fee according to the information below.
EU/EEA citizens: 5,000 DKK
Non-EU/EEA citizens: 9,000 DKK
Full payment of course fees must be transferred in May. Payment details will be forwarded upon acceptance.The fee covers participation in the course. It does not cover course materials, travel, accommodation and living expenses during the course.
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.
You can apply for the Novo Nordisk International Talent Programme (NNITP) scholarship, if you are incoming students from IARU universities, Harvard University, or University of Sydney.
- Application deadline is 1 April.
Please note, that the University of Copenhagen does not offer any scholarships or tuition fee reductions.
Currently, we hope to carry out the course as planned.
However, if the situation prevent us from hosting the course as planned, the course will be cancelled.
If you have questions about the course content, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Course responsible: Professor Thor Theander and Christian William Wang
Course administration: Ms Birgitte Gantriis
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:
- Hostel World
- The Housing Foundation Copenhagen (acceptance letter from UCPH required)
Copenhagen has an international airport, and the city centre can be reached within 30 minutes. If you want additional information read Arriving in Copenhagen.
You can find many answers to frequently asked questions about the faculty's summer courses, such as:
- tuition fee payments
- arrival and departure
If you need specific academic information about the individual courses, you must contact the relevant course responsible directly.
The below video will give you an idea of the course's teaching methods: