For students attending the course Global hälsa (7.5 ECT credits) course code 2XX066
The Global Health course gives an introduction to public health in a global perspective. The main focus is on how level of income and other health determinants affect the health situation in a country and of individuals. If you are interested in the broader picture, multidisciplinary subjects, and if you would like to understand what the world looks like today, then the Global Health course is for you!
What will I learn in this course?
The main aim of the course is for participating students to understand global health, more specifically to critically reflect on 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 and health indicators globally. The Coronavirus pandemic has put global health at the top of the news around the world. The Global Health course involves several leading experts on COVID-19 and students will get a chance to learn more about the pandemic, along with many other topics. Note that this is not a course in tropical infectious diseases. If you want to learn more about the course and the intended learning outcomes, please see the syllabus.
What is global health?
The Global Health course gives an introduction to public health in a global perspective (i.e. it is not a course in tropical infectious diseases). The main focus is on how level of income and other health determinants affect the health situation in a country and of individuals. If you are interested in the broader picture, multidisciplinary subjects, and if you would like to understand what the world looks like today, then the Global Health course is for you!
How and where will I learn?
The course is divided into two sections; the first consists of a three-week theoretical part with lectures, literature studies and two seminars in Sweden, and the second part consists of a two-week study visit to a university and healthcare services in Laos, Tanzania Uganda or Vietnam. Please note that these countries may change due to the number of students on the course.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic KI has decided that no parts of courses are to be held abroad (HT20 and VT21). This means that, the course for fall 2020 and spring 2021 will do a virtual study visit instead of traveling abroad. We are hoping that the situation will have changed till fall 2021. KI information about the coronavirus to staff and students The coursetakes place even if when travel is not possible.
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 accepts undergraduate students at Karolinska Institutet in the following degree programmes:
Medical laboratory scientist (biomedicinsk analytiker)
Speech - Language Pathology
These programmes change every year. Please check with the adminstration 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 of the lectures in Sweden, we recommend that you choose a different course.
If you are curious to find out what previous students thought about the course - see our evaluations!
You can also read this interview with dental student Alexandra Rogushina who talks about her experience of taking the Global Health course in KI's utbildningsmagasin (in Swedish). Pages 18-20.
What happens after you have been accepted to the course?
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.
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 through Canvas.
The course starts with an introductory evening on March 16, 16.30-17.30, where the first assignment will be presented. The main block of lectures, seminars and (virtual) study visits will then be given May 5-June 4.
Course schedule will be published two weeks before the start of the course.
Global Health : an introductory textbook
Lund : Studentlitteratur, 2006 - 327 s.
Health and Human Rights.pdf
Reports and documents will be distributed during the course.