Summer Course in Nordic Health Systems – University of Copenhagen

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Nordic Health Systems

Section for Health Services Research, University of Copenhagen, offers a blended learning summer course in Nordic health systems consisting of E-learning components, lectures and field trips. This summer course is taught in English and aimed at master level students that wish to gain insight into Nordic health systems and their relative performance in an international comparative light.


The aim of the course is to introduce students to comparative health systems analysis (frameworks and methods) using the Nordic countries as case examples. Key topics include the interaction between values, organization and political steering of the health systems. It will be discussed how the Nordic systems address general challenges of cost control, performance management, prevention and coordination and integration of health services. The Nordic health systems will be contrasted with other types of health systems based on social or private health insurance.

Specific topics include:

  • Introduction to comparative frameworks for describing health systems and assessing health system performance
  • Introduction to comparative design approaches
  • Coordination and integration of care
  • Centralization/decentralization of governance and delivery
  • The organization of primary care and community care
  • Economic incentives and steering mechanisms for hospitals and regions
  • Public/private financing and delivery in the Nordic region
  • Patient rights, mobility and choice
  • Quality, documentation and data


The course is a blended learning course that consists of E-learning, lectures/group work and field trips.

The E-learning component is taking place during the spring of 2018 with self-study and mini assignments to be handed in online.

The on-site component consists of a two week program in Copenhagen with lectures, group work, presentations by external experts from the Nordic countries, and field trips to health policy organizations in Denmark and Sweden.

This course is aimed at students with a completed bachelor degree in social sciences, public health, or equivalent.

If you have not completed your bachelor degree on date of application please 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 it is anticipated you will have reached by summer, proving this is equivalent to a bachelors degree.

Credits and exam:

Credits: 10 ECTS
Written assignment. Final course project to be completed individually or in groups.
Marking scale: 7-point grading scale


Participants must have completed a bachelor degree in social sciences, public health, or equivalent.

Application procedures

The online application form will be available on this web page 22 January 2018. The application deadline is 1 April 2018.

Tuition fee

Participants exempted from payment:

Students from Danish universities will not be charged any tuition fee provided that the course is accepted as part of their MSc programme. Danish students must provide a pre-approval of credit transfer upon application.

Students enrolled in certain programmes at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH, do not need a pre-approval of credit transfer. Please study the overview of study programmes, where preapproval of summer course is not required.

Exchange students from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences', UCPH, partner universities can participate in this course free of charge, if they have been nominated by their home university. The course must be an integrated part of their study programme.

Fee-paying participants:

All other participants (students, working professionals, etc.) must pay tuition fee according to the information below.

EU/EEA citizens 8,000 DKK
Non- EU/EEA citizens 12,500 DKK

The fee covers participation in the course. It does not cover travel, accommodation and living expenses during the course.

Full payment of course fees must be transferred in early-May 2018. Payment details will be forwarded upon acceptance.

Refund policy

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.

Contact information

Course responsible: Karsten Vrangbæk


Lectures at this course:

Additional Information

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.

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

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