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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 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 are given 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.

Exam

Amazingly, students report that the course exam is one of their best exam experiences. The exam is interactive with students being both examinee and examiner for each other's dissertations.

Fieldwork

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.

Fieldwork info for autumn 2020

(read more about the field sites):

Location

Country

Medical students

Psychology students

CMC, Vellore

India

10

0

Makerere University

Uganda         

4

4

Ghana University

Ghana

0

6

Haydom Lutheran Hosp.

Tanzania

2

0

Ruhuna University

SriLanka

2

0

Mzuzu University

Malawi

2

0

Gulab Devi University

Pakistan

2

0

Poster with course highlights
 

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 began in 2008. 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

Poster with course highlights