Global Health Challenges

The international summer course in Global Health Challenges is an introduction to the greatest global health challenges of our time.

The course relates to key Sustainable Development Goals and will cover topics of importance to global health including:

  • Decolonizing Global Health
  • Health & Human Rights
  • Access to Medicines
  • Epidemiological Transition
  • Foetal programming and Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights
  • Global Mental Health
  • Planetary HealthTechnology, Innovation & Global Health

You can expect course participation by a truly international group of students and young professionals from a range of professional backgrounds, and an introduction to the key concepts, determinants, opportunities and challenges in global public health.

Through a mix of lectures, case studies, group work and workshops, this summer course will explore, explain and analyse many of the greatest challenges to current and future health. The summer course aims to serve as a platform for networking, capacity building and inspiration, thus empowering participants to become more effective health leaders, thinkers and change-makers.

Online module 22 July - 1 August 2024
On-campus module 5 - 16 August 2024


(80% course participation)

16 August 2024

Credit points: 5 ECTS





The course consists of 9-days of e-learning and two-weeks class-based learning.

The e-learning module will consist of literature, tasks and writing a policy brief. The e-learning module requires 27.5 hours work, which can be spread out over over a longer period of time, although there will be deadlines to follow during the time period of 23 – 31 July. Online activity will be monitored, and a policy brief must be handed in in order to participate in the on-campus program.

You must complete and hand in a policy brief in order to attend the on-campus program. Since attendance is the requirement for passing the course, you must have no more than two days of absence due to illness during the on-campus module if you wish to pass the course and receive the course certificate.

Lectures form the majority of the mandatory program and take place between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m daily. One mandatory evening event will take place during the first on-campus week as well as a social event called National Food & Drinks Party. Workshops may be offered for selected afternoons from 4.00-5.30 p.m. These workshops are optional, as are any social activities in the evening. Additional social activities are usually arranged during the summer course, depending on the interest and initiative of participants.


Reflecting its global focus, this summer course is taught by an international group of renowned lecturers and practitioners from the University of Copenhagen as well as other universities, private companies, civil society organisations and the UN system.

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








The application deadline is 1 April 23:59 (CEST). The application forms opens mid-January.

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

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You will receive the result of your application 3 - 4 weeks after the application deadline.

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If you have questions about the course content, please write to

Course directorLena Skovgaard Andersen

Course administration: Sille Amalie Aagaard Kristensen




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.