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The Global Health Course

This course offers committed students the opportunity to focus on International Health issues through exciting lectures and an eight-week field visit in India, Tanzania or Uganda.

It is also possible to take only the 6 weeks theoretical part, and then the course code is “GLOBALTHEORY”.

The course begins with a series of lectures over six weeks, where students get an introduction to Global Health. Topics presented are public health, major global diseases, ethical issues and topics such as the interaction between health, politics and poverty.
The students also get an introduction into medical examination techniques, so they are equipped to deal with patients during the field stay.
More about the topics of the course and form of assessment here.

After the theoretical part in Bergen the students visit the field at one of the partner institutions, in India, Tanzania or Uganda. This part of the course consists of observations and practical training either in hospitals or clinics. Other activities may be visits to village centers, mobile clinics and mother-child clinics. During weekends the students have time off, and often have excursions to other places.
More on fieldwork and student experiences.

Who can participate in the Global Health course? How and when do you apply?
Global health course (full term autumn): Information on admission requirements, application form, deadlines and contact persons.

Global theory course (6 weeks): Information on admission requirements, application form, deadlines and contact persons.


Education awards to Global Health
The course was in 2011 given the Faculty’s education award for the way it highlights the importance of the global aspects of medicine.
In December 2011 the course was also awarded
The University award; Ugleprisen (“The Owl Award”) 2011 for high academic quality.

"The hospital is very different compared to Norwegian hospitals. In our stay we experienced many challenges and problems, but also very positive stories and events. Be prepared for a completely different world."
- Student, field visit in Tanzania, 2010