Centre for International Health

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 to a hospital in a low-income country.

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, most of which are also given to master students at CIH. Students get an introduction to Global Health, and the topics presented include public health, major global diseases, ethical issues as well as topics such as the interaction between health, politics and poverty.

Read a description of the course and form of assessment: the topics of the course and form of assessment.

After the 6-week theoretical part in Bergen, the students travel to the field to visit a partner institution, e.g India, SriLanka, Tanzania, Malawi or Uganda. This part of the course consists of observations and practical training 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 on their own initiative to other places.

More on fieldwork and student experiences.

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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

In 2011, the course was 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

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