1 April 2022

Urbanisation and Health

Cows on a field at Kalvebod Fælled, Copenhagen
Ørestaden and Kalvebod Fælled, Copenhagen.

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






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.

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









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.




























Some memories from the course in 2016:

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