spring 2022
HEL-3043 Introduction to Global Health - 10 ECTS

Last changed 17.06.2022

Application deadline

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 01 October

Type of course

The course is mandatory for students at the Masters degree program in Public Health. Exchange students may be admitted if total number of students do not exceed the regulated 30 number of students at the course. The course is not open for other students than those mentioned.

Course overlap

Du vil få en reduksjon i antall studiepoeng (som oppgitt under), dersom du avlegger eksamen i dette emnet og har bestått følgende emne(r) fra før av:

HEL-3035 International Health 5 stp

Course content

Through the course the students will be lectured in, and practice, both scientific writing and critical appraisal in relevant Global Health topics. Main Global Health topics The course starts out with an overview of current and updated Global Health Status and how it relates to the global health architecture strategies, and initiatives (including Sustainable Development Goals, Universal Health Coverage). The next larger topic relates to maternal, newborn and child health, together with reproductive health and family planning in different settings and from different part of the world. Community- based health care and health care systems/service delivery, mainly in relation to maternal, newborn and child health with focus on the reliability of health-related information. This will range from basic paper based registers to fully digitalized medical registry systems. Different diseases are covered quite extensively, both communicable and non-communicable in relation to immunization and treatments. Global Health Security challenges, current developments and how they relate to leadership, governance and policy. Few things are more important for human health than diet. Wrong diets, insufficient diets or diet related contaminants are covered in a global health setting. Our changing environment and environmental issues related to water and sanitation, air pollution and environmental contaminants - all of which are truly global health challenges.

Objectives of the course

On successful completion of the course, the student should have developed knowledge to:

  • Explain global health trends, technical approaches, architecture and major strategies.
  • Identify underlying determinants of global health status.
  • Explain how reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child health, and nutrition programs act as part of country health systems and communities.
  • Describe the principles of how key infectious disease programs, global and national preparedness and global health security are implemented.
  • Describe the impact of the burden of non-communicable diseases and current initiatives in low and middle-income countries.
  • Identify different critical components of environmental health challenges.


On successful completion of the course, the student should have developed skills to:

  • Ascertain where to find and how to access reliable information related to Global Health status
  • Appropriately apply and discuss relevant Global Health literature and scientific texts.
  • Explain various country-contexts in understanding Global Health challenges
  • Present clear analyses of relevant articles in the field of Global Health (critical appraisal), specifically the effects of environmental contaminants.


On successful completion of the course, the student should have developed competence to:

  • Actively participate and critically discuss, debate and present challenges- and trends in Global Health in groups.
  • Apply knowledge and skills to critically discuss scientific issues within Global Health, explain regional variations, and formulate conclusions.

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

The course will include didactic teaching such as lectures and power-point presentations, working in groups, as well as interactive discussions and feedback sessions. A mixture between teacher-led and student-led activities throughout, and students are expected to actively and dynamically participate in all course activities. Individual knowledge assimilation enhancement is required.

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is open for inbound exchange students.

Do you have questions about this module? Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty: INBOUND STUDENT MOBILITY: COURSE COORDINATORS AT THE FACULTIES | UiT


Obligatory assignments and attendance: - A minimum of 80 % attendance to lectures is required. - The students must pass one written home assignment on a given topic. These two obligatory assessments must be approved in order for a student to take the exam.Exam: The exam consists of a two weeks home exam on 3-4 given topics. The exam should be a scientific text consisting of approximately 6000 words, excluding references. The grading scale is A-F. F equals not passed. If a student fails the course, an examination re-sit will be arranged.Students with valid absence from the exam will be offered a re-scheduled examination. See UiT examination regulations.


  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: HEL-3043
  • Tidligere år og semester for dette emnet