Challenges in Global Health

Organizing institution
Utrecht University - Faculty of Medicine
Course code
Course fee (no housing)
€ 750.00
This one-week course aims to enhance the participant's knowledge and understanding of major global health challenges in low- and middle-income countries, with a focus on chronic non-communicable diseases. The topics discussed in this course range from burden of chronic disease and epidemiologic transition, to the effects of environmental changes on health  and the approaches to disease prevention .

Which public health challenges do low- and middle-income countries face? What is the importance of chronic non-communicable diseases on public health, and what are their causes, risk factors and epidemiology? What is the intersection between communicable and non-communicable diseases? Which policy initiatives for international prevention and control of disease are being implemented? What are the consequences of global health threats or challenges such as globalisation or environmental change?

These are some of the topics that will be addressed in this one-week Summer School course , with a particular focus on chronic non-communicable diseases, to enhance knowledge and understanding on the current global health challenges.

Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)

Course director

Dr. Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch


Dr. Peter Blankestijn, University Medical Center Utrecht

Dr. Daniel Boateng, Global Health, Julius Center, University Medical Center Utrecht 

Dr. Joyce Browne, Global Health, Julius Center, University Medical Center Utrecht

Dr. George Downward, Institute for Risk Assessment, Utrecht University

Ikenna Ebuenyi, Free University, Amsterdam 

Prof. Dr. Rick Grobbee, Global Health, Julius Center, University Medical Center Utrecht 

Dr. Juliana Kagura, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Dr. Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch, Julius Center, University Medical Center Utrecht 

Anna-Maria Ntlardima, Utrecht University

Engelbert Nonterah, Navrongo Health and Research Center, Ghana

Dr. Josefien van Olmen, Institute for Tropical Medicine Antwerp, Belgium

Timothy Olanrewaju, University of Ilorin, Nigeria

Dr. Jurjen van der Schans, Groningen University Medical Center 

Dr. Ilonca Vaartjes, Julius Center, University Medical Center Utrecht 

Prof. Dr. Monique Verschuren, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment 

Dr. Wilma Waterlander, Free University Amsterdam Medical Center

Fred Wekesah, African Population and Health Research Center, Nairobi, Kenya

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 disease
- Describe the epidemiological transition and factors implicated in the epidemiological transition
- Explain the practice of chronic disease surveillance and control
- Explain approaches to chronic disease prevention
- 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 effect of the environment and environmental changes on health

Study load

1 week full-time


Course fee
€ 750.00

Please note that there is no housing available for this course through the Utrecht Summer School

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)

When combining this course with another Global Health summer course (Reproductive and Maternal Health: a Global Perspective or Global Surgery or Child Health: a Global Perspective), you will receive a discount of €100 on each course.


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

Associate Professor Dr. Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch

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

Recommended combinations
Reproductive & Maternal Health: A Global Perspective
Child Health: A Global Perspective
Global Surgery


Application deadline: 14 June 2019