Fundamentals of Global Health

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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. 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 the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, 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 COVID-19 pandemic, migration, globalisation and climate change on health outcomes?

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

Day-to-day programme (PDF)
Course director
Associate Professor Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch


Lectures will include experts from UMC Utrecht, Utrecht University and other institutions. The detailed program and contributing colleagues will become available in Spring 2022.

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 in epidemiology and public health and 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:
Fee covers
Course + course materials
Extra information about the fee

Low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) as classified by the World Bank: Participants can apply for the LMIC-fee (500 Euro) based on the location of the institution they are affiliated to. Limited discounted places available.

Please note: KA-107 participants pay the full fee.

If you combine this Summer School with 'Global Surgery and OBGYN', 'Global Maternal and Child Health, 'Global Health Ethics & Equity', there is an additional discount of €30 per course. Please mention this to us, so we can apply the discount.


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

Motivation Letter

More information

Dr. Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch, PhD | Associate Professor of Global Health | E:

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

Please consult the Utrecht Summer School for Covid-10 updates on

Recommended combinations


Application deadline: 
Registration deadline
15 May 2022