autumn 2022
HEL-3034 Global Health - 10 ECTS

Last changed 19.08.2022

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

This course is an optional course for students at the Master's degree programme in Public Health. Course students may be admitted if total number of students do not exceed the regulated number of students at the course.

Admission requirements

Admission criteria: HEL-3043 Introduction to Global Health eller HEL-3030 International and Environmental Health.

Other: The same as for the Master's programme in Public Health. See the programme page.

Application Code: 9371 (Nordic applicants).

Obligatory prerequisites

HEL-3030 International and Environmental Healthor HEL-3043 Introduction to Global Health

Course content

The themes to be covered:

- The epidemiology of global health and health status of vulnerable and marginalized groups such as refugees, migrants, and adolescents.

- Advanced topics in global health including injuries and mental health.

- The governance, financing, and politics of health at global and national levels.

- Application of the determinants of global health including  the factors underlying inequity, the economy and commercialization.

- The effect of climate change on health in low resource settings.

- Global health security and pandemics.

- Health systems applications from a national perspective especially those in low resource settings.

Objectives of the course

The candidate will be given an understanding of health care systems and strategies, global health status and factors (political, administrative and other factors) causing the global health and health care gradients between populations and nations. Reproductive health, perinatal health, birth registries and registry epidemiology are central. Global health metrics and analytic descriptive research are of importance. The course aims also to show how health systems responds on emerging epidemics. The course will explore intervention strategies, and how evidence based knowledge are disseminated and translated into action research. Attention is paid to the relationship between the analysis of complex health problems and the design, implementation and evaluation of intervention strategies for specific health problems.

Knowledge and understanding

  • The students will have an overview of global health governance, the international actors (UN, World Bank and other major agencies), their mandates and policies, and be able to give an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the different systems.
  • The students will have advanced knowledge about global health status and health care systems, health intervention strategies and approaches to monitoring and evaluating effects.

Skills and competences 

  • Students will be able to analyse and deal critically with a global health problem and develop proposals for effective and adequate response.
  • Students can analyse existing theories, methods and interpretations in the field.
  • Students will be prepared for work internationally in both emergencies and more development-oriented health care.

General Proficiency

  • Students will be able to identify and evaluate global health problems and the conditions that create disease and inequalities in health between different population groups, nations and regions.
  • Students will be able to explain the various determinants and their relative importance.
  • Students will be able to apply the methods currently used to describe the global epidemiology.
  • The students can communicate about academic issues, analyses and conclusions in the field, both with specialists and with the public.

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

Lectures, students exercise/group work. The course is normally organized in two periods, each period lasting three/four days. Attendance to lectures and seminars is mandatory. The lectures are given in English.

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is open for inbound exchange student who meets the admission requirements, including prerequisites. Please see the Admission requirements" and the "Prerequisite" sections for more information.

Do you have questions about this course?  Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty:



Examination systems: Date: Duration: Grade scale:
Off campus exam Utlevering: 04.11.2022 kl. 09:00
Innlevering: 18.11.2022 kl. 12:00
1 Weeks A–E, fail F
Coursework requirements – To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:
Attendance to lectures and seminars Approved/ Not approved
Home-assignment Approved/ Not approved

More info about the coursework requirements

  • Attendance to lectures and seminars (80%)
  • The students must write and pass one obligatory given home-assignment, maximum 5 pages in length (2,500-3,000 words, not including references) before they can take the final exam. The students must write the assignment individually. Two weeks will be given for the student to write the assignment.

Re-sit examination

If a student fails the course, a re-sit examination will be organised.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: HEL-3034
  • Tidligere år og semester for dette emnet