Challenges in Global Health: Non-Communicable Diseases

Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
Course Level

This one-week course aims to enhance the participant's knowledge and understanding of major health challenges with a focus on chronic non-communicable diseases globally. The topics discussed 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 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 non-communicable diseases? 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, climate 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.

This course is organised by the UMC Utrecht (

Course director
Dr. Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch


UMC Utrecht and (inter)national colleagues with expertise in the field of non-communicable diseases in a global context. More information about the programme and lecturers will become available early in 2023. 


Target audience

The course is open to all with an interest in global health and non-communicable diseases:

  • Master level students from a wide range of backgrounds: epidemiology, public health, medicine, biomedical and social sciences with knowledge on epidemiology and public health
  • Professionals and (PhD) researchers from any disciplines and with knowledge on epidemiology and public health and affinity to global health 


Aim of the course

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 and climate changes on health
  • Explain the practice of chronic disease surveillance and control
  • Explain approaches to chronic disease prevention.

Study load

One week full-time in Utrecht (The Netherlands).


Course fee:
Fee covers
Course + course materials
Housing fee:
Housing cost
Housing provider:
Utrecht Summer School
Extra information about the fee

Based on your individual circumstances you may be eligible for a reduced course fee: 

  • Participants from low- and middle-income countries, as classified by the World Bank are eligible for a course fee of € 395 (excluding housing). Participants can apply for the LMIC fee based on the location of the institution they are affiliated to.
  • If you combine the summer school 'Challenges in Global Health: Non-communicable Diseases' with other Global Health courses offered by the UMC Utrecht which are part of the Utrecht Summer School programme, there is an additional discount of € 30 per course. Please mention this in your application so we can apply the discount. 

Erasmus+ KA107 pr KA171 participants pay the full course fee.


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

Motivation Letter

Contact details

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Application deadline: 
Registration deadline
15 June 2023