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Specialisation: Global Health

Specialisation: Global Health

Current processes in globalization pose a range of challenges to national health and welfare systems with an economic, political and social as well as cultural nature.

In health policy matters, nation states must increasingly collaborate and call on a range of old and new actors such as WHO, WTO and EU, development assistance NGOs, multinational corporations, international professional organizations and client/consumer associations, not to speak of the intricate interactions between those. International organized crime (incl. human trafficking) and terrorism may be easily added to the list.

Expanding international trade and investment, research e.g. by drug companies, people’s and resource mobility, tourism and communication have brought health issues into the international political arena and may in many cases cause controversy and cultural misunderstanding.

General purpose of the Global Health specialisation

The specialisation will bring the students a profound understanding of:

  • the various economic, political and cultural impacts globalisation has on health status
  • the work of nation-states with international institutions
  • the social, cultural and belief systems in regard to approaches to (global) health
  • the health systems reform efforts the world over

The specialisation will give the students insight in and develop analytical tools to:

  • assess and conduct research on global health problems
  • review institutions and actors that are active in the realm

focusing on:

  • global control
  • monitoring and governance systems in the health arena
  • various value systems and cultural approaches to health
  • illness and methods for enhancing health and quality of life
  • comparative aspects of health systems research.

The curriculum of this MSc in Public Health specialisation shall also enhance and extend the students’ theoretical, methodological and research repertoire stemming from a wide range of health and social sciences including public health ethics.

Teaching strategy

The learning approach employed in this specialisation will build upon a combination of lectures, group work and panel discussion basis.

New teaching modalities (e-learning, IT-based exercises, etc.) will centre on case-based materials on which students shall work in small groups during eight-week modules.

Real life examples from different regions in the world will be used, and experiences of students from e.g. developing countries will be actively incorporated in the teaching. This allows for a condensed and focused approach of specific course offerings.