Level of Study
Place of Instruction
Theory and exam: Faculty of Medicine
Field visit mainly to institutions that have agreements with CIH.
- Christian Medical College, Vellore, India;
- Makerere University, Kampala i Uganda ;
- Haydom Lutheran Hospital, Tanzania;
- Mzuzu Regional Hospital, Malawi;
- Ruhuna University, Galle, SriLanka.
Objectives and Content
The course aims to provide an understanding of major global health challenges with theoretical and practical training at the University of Bergen (UiB) and collaborating institutions in low- income countries.
The course consists of three parts:
- Theory and group work (6 weeks) at Centre for International health.
- Field visit (8 weeks): Observation/participating in health care in a low income country.
- Exam period.
The first part covers a broad range of aspects concerning global health. Focus will be on major global health challenges. The course will outline the interaction between health and poverty and between health and social, political, economical and cultural factors. Major themes are Public health; Major diseases and disabilities; Global health and ethics; Anthropology, economics and health systems. Attendance in lectures and group work is compulsory.
The second part of the course is observation and involvement in hospitals and community health care settings in low- or middle-income country.
The third part of the course is writing an essay on an aspect in global health; two students may collaborate on one topic. The essay is presented in plenary and discussed at the end of the semester.
After the course students are able to
- Explain differences and similarities between low-, mid-, and high-income countries regarding health and demographic development
- Describe the human rights perspective for improving global health
- Describe important global diseases and epidemics
- Outline financial obstacles related to global health
- Discuss priority setting in low-resource settings
- Know the difficulties of diagnostics in LIC
- Describe disease panoramas in low-income countries
- Describe challenges in the healt service in low-income countries
- Understand why interventions in low-income countries do not always succeed
After the course students are able to:
- Discuss how some important diseases affect development in the society.
- Discuss how various interventions can improve public health
- Assess organizational problems in the health systems of low-income countries
- Discuss ethical issues related to international health
- Master diagnostics with limited diagnostic tools
- Adapt diagnostics of disease to available resources
- Clinically recognize some common diseases at health institutions in low-income countries
After the course students are able to:
- Have a global perspective on being a health worker
- Understand the consequences of globalization for medical sciences
- Respect the challenging conditions of colleagues in LIC
- Cooperate with colleagues in low-income countries
Required Previous Knowledge
Students who have finished at least two years of medical school or equivalent.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Clinical examination technique
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
GLOBALTHEORY - 12 ECTS credits
Access to the Course
Medical students at University of Bergen in elective term (finished 3 years), or students with similar background, can apply for this course.
Students in the Medical Student Research Program may apply, but will have to demonstrate that the course is relevant for their research project and must have a recommendation from their supervisor.
The number of students selected depends on the number of vacant spaces in the field sites. If there are more applicants than can be accommodated, there will be drawing lots
Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching
Theory: Plenary lectures, seminars, group exercises, discussion of films.
On field visit: practical training, observation of health care in low-income settings.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Lectures and group work.
Forms of Assessment
The student writes and essay and presents and discussed it in plenary
Skolnik: Global health 101 3rd ed.
Evaluation on the last day of the course.
Sven Gudmund Hinderaker
Faculty of Medicine, IGS, Centre for International Health
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