Challenges in Global Health: Non-Communicable Diseases

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This one-week course aims to enhance the participant's knowledge and understanding of major global health challenges with a focus on chronic non-communicable diseases. The topics discussed in this course range from burden of and risk factors for chronic non-communicable diseases, epidemiologic transition and globalisation, to the effects of early life environment, environmental changes on health, the intersection of communicable and non-communicable diseases and effective approaches for disease prevention and management.

Which global health challenges do low-, middle- and high-income countries face? What is the importance of chronic non-communicable diseases globally, and what are the underlying causes and risk factors for illness? What is the intersection between communicable and non-communicable diseases? How are non-communicable diseases prevented and managed in different health systems? Which policy initiatives for effective prevention and control of disease are being implemented? What are the consequences of global health threats or challenges such as globalisation, migration or environmental change?

These are some of the topics that our international and interdisciplinary faculty will address in this one-week interactive global health summer school course with a particular focus on chronic non-communicable diseases.

If the circumstances make it impossible to host the course in a physical setting it will be held in an online format instead. 

Course director

Dr. Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch

Target audience

Postgraduate students and professionals in medicine, public health, social sciences or related disciplines, with knowledge on epidemiology and publich health, and who are interested in global health.

Course aim

This course aims to enhance knowledge and understanding of current challenges in global health with a particular focus on chronic non-communicable diseases. By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the burden of chronic non-communicable disease;
  • Describe the epidemiological transition and factors implicated in the epidemiological transition;
  • Describe the epidemiology of common chronic diseases, methodological challenges in conducting chronic disease research and factors influencing the interpretation of epidemiologic research for specific chronic diseases;
  • Describe the role of early life experiences in the variation in disease occurrence;
  • Describe the intersection between communicable and non-communicable diseases;
  • Describe the effect of migration, the environment and environmental changes on health;
  • Explain the practice of chronic disease surveillance and control;
  • Explain approaches to chronic disease prevention.

Study load

1 week full-time


Course fee:
Student fee:
Course + course materials
Housing fee:

A reduction of the course fee to 500 euros (excluding housing) applies for:

  • Medical students
  • Participants from low- and middle-income countries (as per World Bank classification) 

Housing through: Utrecht Summer School.

If the course cannot take place face-to-face and will be held in an online format, you will receive a full refund of your housing fee.


For medical students and participants from low- and middle-income countries (as per World Bank classification): 250 euro, Total course fee = 500 euro.


For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:

  • Motivation Letter
  • C.V.

More information

Dr. Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch, Associate Professor of Global Health 

Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands

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Application deadline: 31 May 2021

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