Fundamentals of Global Health

This summer course introduces the principles and scope of global health and health-related strategies which are important for a good understanding of health and disease in a global context.



Course Level
ECTS credits
1.5 ECTS
Course location(s)
Utrecht, The Netherlands


Topics discussed in this interdisciplinary course range from global health governance and policy, to the role of health systems, ethics and advocacy for research and development, to globalisation and climate change on health outcomes.

What is global health? Which global health challenges do we face? What are key principles of global health? Who are the major actors in global health and how do they influence global health policy? What are the Sustainable Development Goals and how can they advance addressing major health challenges globally? What is the role of health systems, international partnership, ethical aspects, equity, technological innovation and advocacy for research and development? And what is the impact of migration, globalisation and climate change on health outcomes?

These are some of the questions and topics that will be addressed in interdisciplinary and interactive sessions and small group work by international faculty and participants.


The detailed programme and contributing (international) lecturers will become available in the spring of 2024.

Target audience

Master's level students, PhD researchers and professionals in medicine/global health/public health/biomedical sciences/social sciences or related disciplines with knowledge of epidemiology and public health and a keen interest in global health.

Aim of the course

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • discuss the key principles of global health, governance and policy;
  • discuss the role of the sustainable development goals to address major global health challenges;
  • describe the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, globalisation and climate change on health outcomes;
  • and comprehend the role of international partnership, ethical aspects, technological innovation and advocacy for research and development on global health.

Study load

One week full-time.


  • Course fee: €795.00
  • Included: Course fee
  • Housing fee: €200
  • Housing provider: Utrecht Summer School

This course has the following fee options, based on your individual circumstances: 

HIC-based*: €795,-

LMIC-based: €495,-

*LMIC are low- and middle-income countries, as classified by the World Bank. Participants can apply for the LMIC fee based on the location of the institution they are affiliated to. HIC are high-income countries, as classified by the World Bank. 

If you combine this summer school with other Global Health courses, there is an additional discount of € 30 per course. Please mention this in your application, so we can apply the discount.

Additional information

The housing costs do not include a Utrecht Summer School sleeping bag. This is a separate product on the invoice. If you wish to bring your own bedding, please deselect or remove the sleeping bag from your order. 


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

  • Motivation Letter
  • C.V.


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