Postgraduate course

Major Global Health Problems

  • ECTS credits6
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeINTH304
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Level of Study




Teaching semester


Place of Instruction

Centre for International Health

Objectives and Content

The course consists of the following components:

  • The historical trends in international health and demography
  • The causes and cofactors of and control strategies for major infections among children
  • Basic concepts of disease control
  • Basic concepts of nutrition and growth and interaction between nutrition and infection
  • The interaction between socio-economic factors, nutrition and the use of health care systems
  • The major causes of ill health among adults such as HIV, tuberculosis and trauma

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student is able to:

  • outline essential aspects of major global health problems, demography and health promotion
  • describe the impact of different interventions in disease prevention and control
  • explain the interaction between socio-economic factors, health, nutrition and utilization of health care systems.


The student is able to:

  • analyse and compare health and health care challenges on regional and country level
  • employ knowledge to write a new or update an existing Wikipedia article on health care in their country
  • peer review co-students¿ article

General competence

The student is able to:

  • examine existing data on important heath indicators
  • communicate own work clearly and effectively

Required Previous Knowledge

Proficiency in English at a level corresponding to TOEFL 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or IELTS band 6.0 is expected.

Access to the Course

Students enrolled in the master programme in Global Health, students enrolled in similar programmes at UiB or other partner universities.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Teaching Methods:

A combination of lectures, group work, discussions, home assignments (essay writing)

Extent of Organized Teaching:

Student investment time: 160 hours

64,5 contact hours

12,5 hours group work

83 individual work / readings

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Participation in group work, presentation of group assignment and submission of individual Wikipedia assignment.

Forms of Assessment

Written exam (4 hours), essay writing, group work.

Students who receive the grade "F" are allowed to re-sit according to standard procedures at the University of Bergen.

Examination Support Material


Grading Scale

ECTS credits A-F (F = fail)

Reading List

The reading list will be made available by 1 June on Mitt UiB.

Course Evaluation

Students evaluate the teaching according to the quality assessment requirements of the University of Bergen. The evaluation method is through an online electronic form (Mitt UiB).

Programme Committee

The programme committee for Global Health

Course Coordinator

Professor Thorkild Tylleskär


Contact Information

Centre for International Health

E-mail: studie@igs.uib.no

Tel: 55 58 85 69 / 70

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    14.09.2018, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam