For students attending the course Global hälsa (7.5 ECT credits) course code 2XX066

Why do people in some countries live much longer than in others? What determines what type of diseases will affect a population? The Global Health course has been giving KI students an introduction to public health from a global perspective for almost 30 years. If you are interested in the broader picture and would like to understand and see with your own eyes what the world looks like today, then the Global Health course is for you!


For students that are about to apply: Please make sure that your passport is valid until at least 6 months after the course has finished (i.e. July 31 for those travelling in January and December 31 for those travelling in May. If not please book an appointment at Passmyndigheten ASAP.


What will I learn in this course?

The main aim of the course is for participating students to understand global health, more specifically how differences in health determinants between and within countries, as well as differences in health systems between low-, middle- and high-income countries, affect the level of health. The Coronavirus pandemic has put global health at the top of the news around the world. If you want to learn more about the course and the intended learning outcomes, please see the syllabus above.

How and where will I learn?

The course is divided into three sections;

  1. Self-studies + writing a group assignment
  2. 2 weeks theoretical part with lectures, literature studies and seminars in Sweden
  3. 2 week study visit to a university and healthcare services in a low- or lower middle-income country, currently Laos, Tanzania, Uganda or Vietnam. Please note that these countries may change for each course.

What happens after I have been accepted to the course? 

After you have been accepted to the course (in January/August) you will receive two emails, one where you will be requested to submit your passport information and a second one where you will be requested to prioritize countries available for the study visits. It is possible to prioritize friends before country ("kompis-val"). The course leaders will try to accommodate your wishes but cannot make any guarantees as they will ultimately determine the final distribution of students to the specific countries. You will receive an email with the information on what country you will travel to. This is usually sent out a week before the introduction lecture in the beginning of the semester. Do not book your flight ticket until the course administrators has confirmed that you can do it!

In the beginning of the semester (ca February/September) there will be an introductory lecture, where an introduction to global health will be given and the course will be explained, with a focus on the first assignment that is to be completed before the course starts.


English is the official language of the course. This means that all assignments will be in English, both in Sweden and abroad. However, lectures in Sweden may be given in Swedish if everyone present speaks Swedish. In order to be prepared for the study visit abroad, students need to attend the lectures and seminars in Sweden. 

Can I take this course?

Global health is an interdisciplinary subject and the course currently accepts undergraduate students at Karolinska Institutet in the following degree programmes:

  • Audiology (audionom)
  • Medical (läkarprogrammet)
  • Medical Laboratory Science (biomedicinsk analytiker)
  • Nursing (sjuksköterska)
  • Occupational Therapy (arbetsterapi)
  • Psychology (psykolog)
  • Radiography (röntgensjuksköterska)
  • Speech and Language Pathology (logoped)

These programmes might change. Please check with the administration at your own programme to see if you can apply this year.

Students who want to participate in the Global Health course are welcome to apply through their respective programmes. Each programme director is responsible for selecting the students of their programme.

N.B. This is a very popular course and not everyone who applies is accepted to the course. If you are not highly motivated to attend all the lectures in Sweden, we recommend that you choose a different course. Also, if you have been accepted to the course, you cannot drop out of the course on short notice (due to the extra logistical burden these places especially on our partner universities in Tanzania, Uganda, Laos and Vietnam.).

If you are curious to find out what previous students thought about the course - see our evaluations!


The course material will be made available online. To access them, you have to log in to Canvas and go to the event Global Health course. You will hand in your preparatory assignment and your examination assignments through Canvas.



Costs are more difficult to estimate due to current inflation (for example, flights might be more expensive), but as a very rough estimate based on previous years, see below:

(The estimate does not include safaris, or other spare time activities.)


  • Flight ticket                                                        
    8 -14 000kr (cheaper during the spring semester)

(Laos/Vietnam more expensive)                                               

  • Daily expenses (hotel, food etc for 12 days)       
    3-5 000 kr 

(Laos/Vietnam cheaper)

  • Visa                                                            
    ca 500 kr                                                       
  • Other (white coat, local transport, gifts etc)      
    500 -1000 kr    
  • Vaccination/malaria prophylaxis                           
    0-1500 kr



  • Travel stipend from KI       3000 kr
  • CSN extra loan                    6000 kr

TOTAL COST FOR STUDENT (very roughly) 

Ca 6000-10 000 kr


Tip: There are other stipends to apply for, for example from Vårdförbundet!




The course starts with an introductory evening in the end of January at 17:00-19:00 in Inghesalen Campus Solna, where the first assignment will be presented. The main part of lectures and seminars  will then be given May 2- May 16, while the travel part will be held from May 19 – May 31, 2024.

For those students who have their graduation ceremony on May 31, it will be possible to leave your country on May 29 to be home just in time for graduation.

Course schedule will be published at the latest two weeks before the start of the course.

Previous schedules

Course analysis and course evaluation

Contact information

Helena Nordenstedt

Course leader and examiner
K9 Department of Global Public Health

Anna Mia Ekström

Senior course leader
K9 Department of Global Public Health

Jaran Eriksen

Assistant course leader
K9 Department of Global Public Health

Carla Sturm

Course assistant
K9 Department of Global Public Health

Amina Samuelsson

Educational administrator
K9 Department of Global Public Health
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