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

The Global Health course gives an introduction to public health from a global perspective. The main focus is on how level of income and other health determinants affect the health situation in a country and the health of individuals. If you are interested in the broader picture, multidisciplinary subjects, and would like to understand what the world looks like today, then the Global Health course is for you!

Syllabus

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. If you want to learn more about the course and the intended learning outcomes, please see the syllabus above.

 

What is global health?

The Global Health course gives an introduction to public health from  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  seminars in Sweden, and the second part consists of a two-week study visit to a university and healthcare services in a low- or middle-income country, currently 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 decided that no parts of courses were to be held abroad (VT20, HT20 and VT21). However, for the fall term of 2021 (HT21) courses abroad are again possible after a decision by the KI president. In the course leadership of the Global Health course we are convinced that traveling to a low- or middle-income country is extremely important for the course outcome due to the experience-based learning that then takes place. We will therefore do whatever we can to make sure that there will be traveling. When we talk to our partner universities in Asia, Africa and also Latin America it is clear that they are very much looking forward to seeing KI students again.

However, as everyone knows, things change very quickly during this pandemic. We will therefore give a final decision if travel will be possible or not by September 1.

VERY IMPORTANT:  All students who apply for this need to be aware that due to the pandemic, there might be changes with short notice and a high level of flexibility might be needed. We might have to change the countries we travel to depending on the pandemic and vaccination situation (Africa and Latin America might be more possible than Asia), students might be required to be vaccinated, and in the worst case the trip might be canceled. If that happens, the second part of the course will be held in Sweden with virtual study visits to our partner countries, and study visits within Stockholm.

We will, however, do our very best to make sure that travel can happen.

 The course takes place even if travel is not possible.

Language

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:

Audiology

Dentistry

Medical (läkarprogrammet)

Medical laboratory scientist (biomedicinsk analytiker)

Nursing

Occupational therapy

Psychology

Radiographic technician

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. 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 this places especially on our partner universities in Tanzania, Laos, Vietnam and Brazil).

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.

Canvas

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.

Schedule

The course starts with an introductory evening in early September 16.30-17.30, where the first assignment will be presented. The main part of lectures and seminars will then be given December  9-22, while the travel part will be held from January 2-14.

For those students who have their graduation ceremony on January 14, it will be possible to leave your country early to be home just in time for graduation.

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

Costs

Costs will be more difficult to estimate than usual (for example, flights might be more expensive), but as a very rough estimate based on previous years, see below:

 

COSTS

Flight ticket                                                     

7-10 000 kr

Daily expenses for 12 days (hotel, food etc) 

4-5 000 kr  (total)

Visa                                                                   

500 kr

Other (white coat, local transport, gifts)         

1000 kr

 

FUNDING POSSIBILITIES

Travel stipend from KI                                     

3000 kr

CSN extra loan                                                 

6000 kr

TOTAL COST FOR STUDENT (roughly) 

Ca 5-7000 kr

 

 

Schedule

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.

Previous schedules

Course literature

Global Health : an introductory textbook
Lindstrand, Ann
Lund : Studentlitteratur, 2006 - 327 s.
ISBN:91-44-02198-4 LIBRIS-ID:9987549

Health and Human Rights.pdf

Reports and documents will be distributed during the course.

Course analysis and course evaluation

Contact information

Helena Nordenstedt

Course leader and examiner

Hampus Holmer

Course leader and examiner
K9 Department of Global Public Health

Anna Mia Ekström

Course leader and examiner
K9 Department of Global Public Health

Carla Sturm

Course assistant
K9 Department of Global Public Health

Amina Samuelsson

Educational administration
K9 Department of Global Public Health