Field Work, Global Health

Course content

The course is in two parts: a theoretical and a practical part. The shorter theoretical part takes place at the University of Copenhagen, while the practical part takes place abroad. The preparation in Copenhagen will deal with how the knowledge and skills acquired in the previous six mandatory modules will be put to use when going on the field trip. In addition, the students will be preparing themselves for the departure to their field destination.

For the longer practical part the students will be going on a field trip to a destination in a low- or middle income society in order to study a health system in a different setting. Staff from the University of Copenhagen will accompany the students and give lectures and supervision during the field trip. In addition, guest lecturers from a local institution will participate in the teaching and supervision of the field work. The students will be divided into groups and will work on a health topic relevant for the field trip setting. Students must take daily notes of their experiences and reflections made during their field stay.

At the end of the module, students must write up a field report based on the group work, but including the individual student’s reflections on the project and field stay. The field report should document the work process reflected in the objectives listed below.

Education

MSc Programme in Global Health

Learning outcome

On completion of the course, students should be able to:

Knowledge and skills:

  • Identify and formulate a relevant and realistic research problem within global health.
  • Identify and formulate relevant objectives.

 Competences:

  • Find, discuss and evaluate relevant scientific literature in relation to the project
  • Choose the appropriate study methods (qualitative/quantitative/ literature review).
  • Discuss limitations and ethical issues related to the completed field study.

Teaching will highlight areas which the academic staff from the University of Copenhagen, as well as guest lecturers, are actively researching into in various parts of the world. The teaching methods will include a combination of formal lectures, class and field-based group exercises; problem-related learning, and visits to various health related institutions.

Passed exams in at least 22.5 ECTS credits of the mandatory exams.

ECTS
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Project assignment
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
More than one internal examiner
Criteria for exam assessment

To pass the course, the student must hand in a field report, which documents the field work process, including demonstrating the following abilities:

Knowledge and skills:

  • Identify and formulate a relevant and realistic research problem within global health.
  • Identify and formulate relevant objectives.

 Competences:

  • Find, discuss and evaluate relevant scientific literature in relation to the project
  • Choose the appropriate study methods (qualitative/​quantitative/​ literature review).
  • Discuss limitations and ethical issues related to the completed field study.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 52
  • Field Work
  • 185
  • Preparation
  • 138
  • Project work
  • 37
  • English
  • 412