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 South Africa.
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 South Africa. 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?
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
The first 6 weeks of the course consists of a theoretical introduction to global health. Through the course the students get a good understanding of international health issues and a variety of interesting topics are addressed. The course uses skilled and renowned speakers, and here you can read more about the topics they present.
An important and exciting part of the Global Health course is the eight-week field stay either in India, Tanzania, Uganda or Sri Lanka. You can read more about the partner institutions and what students learn in their stay here.
The Global Health course has been running since 2008, and many students have already been on field visits for example in India and Tanzania. At this website some of the students share their experiences, explain about the program of the field visit and tell more about what they think of the course.
Here you will find information on admission requirements, application forms, application deadlines and contact persons.