International Health

Course content

The course will provide an overview of the most important health and health service related problems in low and middle-income countries. The course will focus on the organization, constraints, and requirements of preventive diagnostic and curative interventions and on under-lying conditions that constrain health.

The aims of the course are to introduce the students to health related problems and interventions specific to low and middle-income countries, and to apply knowledge about Public Health Science in an international perspective.

Education

BSc Programme in Public Health - compulsory

Learning outcome

The overall objective of this course is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and competences to understand and analyse health related problems specific to low and middle-income countries. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

Knowledge

  • Describe the central concepts in the epidemiological transition and the appertaining determinants.

  • Describe the most important diseases and health challenges in low and middle-income countries.

  • Reflect upon the most vulnerable groups as well as significant risk factors for the most important diseases in low and middle-income countries.

  • Demonstrate knowledge on existing preventive programs and how these address health challenges in low and middle-income countries.

  • Reflect upon the challenges and opportunities of health services and how this impacts the health seeking behaviour of the locals.

  • Explain the most important goals and barriers for global health policy and development.

Skills

  • Interpret data produced by international organisations in order to assess transitions in disease burdens on a regional and global level.

  • Analyse scientific articles and international reports to evaluate programs with the aim of preventing or treating significant health issues in low and middle-income countries.

  • Present an overview of diseases and health challenges in low and middle-income countries and existing preventive programs.

  • Discuss the most important barriers in accessing health care services in low and middle-income countries.

Competences

  • Discuss and collaborate in professional and health oriented project work and bring in public health methods relevant for addressing health challenges  in low and middle-income countries.

  • In a research-based manner, develop portfolios that describe and discuss challenges and solutions concerning health problem in low- and middle-income countries 

Lectures, group work, facilitated group sessions, portfolio development, and excursion.

The students must each hand in five portfolios (of five pages each, excluding references) concerned with five different themes. One of these portfolios will be assessed and graded. The exam office will draw which theme will assessed.

This course is offered in English

ECTS
10 ECTS
Type of assessment
Portfolio, Continuously during the course
Portfolio
Five portfolios, dealing with five different themes, are developed individually during the course, one of which will be assessed and graded. During groups sessions, the student will be supported in developing their portfolios. The exam office will, by drawing a theme, determine which portfolios will be assessed.
Aid
All aids allowed

The students can make use of all aids, litterature, lectures and discussions with perrs in developing their portfolios. All materials, peer reviewed and "gray" literature must be referenced in the portfolio.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
More internal examiners
Criteria for exam assessment

To achieve the maximum grade of 12, the students should, depending on the specific portfolio assignment, be able to:

 

Knowledge

  • Describe the central concepts in the epidemiological transition and the appertaining determinants.

  • Describe the most important diseases and health challenges in low and middle-income countries.

  • Reflect upon the most vulnerable groups as well as significant risk factors for the most important diseases in low and middle-income countries.

  • Demonstrate knowledge on existing preventive programs and how these addresses health challenges in low and middle-income countries.

  • Reflect upon the challenges and opportunities of health services and how this impacts the health seeking behaviour of the locals.

  • Explain the most important goals and barriers for global health policy and development.

Skills

  • Interpret data produced by international organisations in order to assess transitions in disease burdens on a regional and global level.

  • Analyse scientific articles and international reports to evaluate programs with the aim of preventing or treating significant health issues in low and middle-income countries.

  • Present an overview of diseases and health challenges in low and middle-income countries and existing preventive programs.

  • Discuss the most important barriers in accessing health care services in low and middle-income countries.

Competences

  • Discuss and collaborate in professional and health oriented project work and bring in public health methods relevant for addressing health challenges in low and middle-income countries.

  • Demonstrate ability to work in a research-based manner in developing portfolios that describe and discuss transitions, challenges and solutions concerning health problem in low- and middle-income countries 

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 58
  • Class Instruction
  • 13
  • Preparation
  • 194
  • Exam
  • 10
  • English
  • 275