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Høst 2018

HEL-3034 Global Health - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Health Sciences

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.

Course contents

The themes to be covered:

- The epidemiology of global health. The description of the health status of the world, distribution of diseases in different part of the world

- The methods of describing health, disabilities, illnesses and diseases in a global perspective

- Different methods for estimation of the burden of diseases, benchmarking and standardization

- Analysis of the Global Health situation, different explaining factors and mechanisms behind the inequity

- International politics

- National and international governing

- Infrastructure

- Analysis of the different health systems and the international criteria for comparison

Application deadline

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

Admission requirements

Admission criteria: 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 Health

Objective 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

Skills and competences 

General Proficiency

Language of instruction


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. This course may include short term exchange, where one session can be held abroad.


Obligatory assignments:


An individual home-based examination on a given topic, 8-10 pages in length (4,000-5,000 words, not including references). The students are given 1 week to write the exam. Students can write the assignments and examination in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. Hand in the exam as specified in the exam text. Grading scale: A-E equals passed, F equals failed.

Any queries concerning the obligatory home assignment or the final exam should be addressed to the course leader as specified in the exam text at least 5 days ahead of the submission deadline.

If a student fails the course, an examination re-sit will be organised. Students with valid absence from the exam will be offered a re-scheduled examination.

Date for examination

Take-home examination hand out date 19.11.2018 hand in date 26.11.2018

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.

Recommended reading/syllabus

No main text book. Articles will be presented in class.
Lectures Autumn 2018
Forelesning f.aman. Erik Eik Anda
stip. Ingvild Hersoug Nedberg
f.aman. Karin Charlotta Maria Rylander
stud.kons. Tor Gisle Lorentzen
stud.kons. Vegard Lobben
forsker Mary Elizabeth Taylor
forsker Nils Maarten Parin Daulaire
Gruppearbeid sr.rådgiv. Mari Ann Sæthre
forsker Mary Elizabeth Taylor
forsker Nils Maarten Parin Daulaire
Seminar f.aman. Erik Eik Anda