Urbanisation and Health
Urban populations are growing rapidly and cities need to be at the forefront in addressing the accompanying health challenges. Recently COVID-19 has only added to this complex.
The University of Copenhagen, School of Global Health, offers a 5 ECTS summer course on Urbanisation and Health to qualify students and workforce in all fields of urban health and planning to come up with sustainable solutions.
The course will focus on promotion of health and well-being in the urban environment across age groups and socio-economic positions. It will include modules on urban transitions, demography, blue and green infrastructure, adaptation to climate change, air and noise pollution, mobility and place-making
The course opens in July with a series of self-paced online lectures, readings, and resources involving cases from all over the world combined with individual investigations of local urban conditions. In August students join for a full two-week programme in Copenhagen including consultations with a range of stakeholders from the private and public sector, field visits, and group work in communities on the re-design of actual public spaces. On the last day, solutions will be presented to and assessed by an examination panel.
The course will provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and competences to identify, analyse, discuss and design multi-disciplinary and research based solutions to urgent urban health challenges in a local and global context.
|Online module (self-study)||4 July - 7 August 2022|
|On-campus module||8 - 19 August 2022|
|Exam||19 August 2022|
Credit points: 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 fields of social and natural sciences, public health, humanities, engineering, architecture, and business with an interest in health and sustainable urban development.
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.
The online modules will introduce the students to key determinants of urban health, stakeholders across sectors, and principles of innovation and participatory research methods. Content will consist of video lectures including cases, as well as readings, discussions, and quizzes. Students will be instructed in making observations and collecting data in their own urban environments and requested to share their recordings and other findings when they meet in Copenhagen.
The programme here will include face-to-face lectures, discussions, and field visits. Early on the students are divided into multi-disciplinary groups to work more in-depth with theories and research methods introduced in the lectures and readings. The groups will be assigned to come up with solutions to a common case question with a focus on means and ways to improve health and well-being among users of a particular urban space.
On the last day of the course, the groups will make presentations of their proposals to a panel of experts and community representatives.
Lecturers and facilitators
The online modules will include lectures among other by researchers from the University of Copenhagen, the Technical University of Madrid and University of Coimbra and various input from resource persons from the public sector, private companies, NGOs, and multilateral agencies.
The programme in Copenhagen will be facilitated by researchers from the University of Copenhagen with input from the Municipality and a selection of other public and private sector partners including Copenhagen based international companies and organisations.
The application deadline is 1 April 23:59 (CEST).
The application form will be available through a link in the top right hand side of this web page mid-January.
We do not accept late applications.
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 Global Health
- MSc in Health Informatics
- MSc in Health Science
- MSc in Human Biology
- 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: 4,000 DKK
Non-EU/EEA citizens: 6,250 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.
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.
Unfortunately, the University of Copenhagen does not offer any scholarships or tuition fee reductions.
If you have questions about the course content, please write to UrbanLiving@sund.ku.dk
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.
Some memories from the course in 2016:
Reserved rights for changes.
"The Urbanisation and Health summer course is relevant to anyone regardless of their field. Health is something that all humans can relate to. The course was a great supplement to my professional knowledge as an architect. It added another layer of awareness, and allowed me to really explore the link between health and the environment.”
- Sibusiso Lwandle, Pretoria, South Africa, course participant in 2019
“Translating theory into practice together with international students from different professional fields has given me new and inspiring prospects of how to promote access to active play, nature and the outdoors through urban initiatives - and this is essential for health and well-being both locally and globally.”
- Mette Kurtzhals, Copenhagen, Denmark, course participant in 2019
"What I really like about this summer course is the fact that people come from all over the world. They each bring their own experiences from their home cities here to Copenhagen, which creates some very interesting discussions about the different perspectives and perceptions of the problems regarding health in an urban setting."
- Aurea Oradini Alacreu, Milan, Italy, course participant in 2019