Country Exposure

Course content

The country exposure course provides a first-hand experience of health care systems and health-related challenges as well as health institutions and educational systems in low- or middle income societies. The course builds on central knowledge, skills and competencies obtained in the four preceding courses of the Global Health Programme (Block 1 and 2).

The course consists of two parts: a short introductory part at the University of Copenhagen and the international exposure part (field work) at Universities abroad. During the introductory part, the students will establish cross-disciplinary teams that will work together throughout the course, develop country profiles on their country of destination, and otherwise prepare themselves academically for the departure to their destination. In the first part of the course students must also have a study plan interview with the Head of Studies or another academic representative from the Department of Public Health in order to choose his or hers study track and lay out a study plan for the second year of the programme.

For the country exposure part, the students will visit a host university in a low- or middle income society to study the health care system, health-related challenges and interventions and policies of that society. Academic staff at the host-university and guest lecturers will teach and supervise the students. Staff from the University of Copenhagen will accompany the students for the major part of the visit to support and supervise learning activities. The students will visit a number of institutions and sites to gain an understanding of the structure and processes of the health system as well as the health related challenges, interventions and policies.

In the cross-disciplinary teams, the students will develop a research proposal, including a stakeholder analysis, based on pre-defined health-related topics. Each team will receive support from a local academic staff with research experience on the given topic.

During the course, each student will also develop a report that outlines individual reflections on experiences and learning activities during the entire course. Central to the report are also reflections on the team-work process (communication, feedback and problem solving, effectiveness, member roles and team cohesiveness). The report should document the work process reflected in the objectives listed below.


MSc Programme in Global Health - compulsory

Learning outcome


  • Display an understanding of health-related challenges, interventions and policies in the host country

  • Present a solid understanding of the health system and central health-related institutions in the host country

  • Discuss the international and local contextual factors that influence the health care system, e.g. history of the country, local healing traditions

  • Describe and discuss equity-related challenges in health care

  • Demonstrate an understanding of different types of country or systems analysis, e.g. "wiki" development and stakeholder analysis 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of effective team work


  • Search, review and evaluate relevant scientific literature for a given health related topic

  • Apply different analytical models and approached to understand relevant national/local context and systems

  • Discuss and assess skills central to team work process

  • Identify a relevant health-related research question

  • Identify and formulate research objectives

  • Describe and critically discuss appropriate study methods (qualitative/​quantitative/​ literature review)

  • Describe the sampling/participant selection incl. criteria for participant inclusion and exclusion and the ways in which participants will be identified

  • Design a budget for a proposed research project

  • Present, peer-review and discuss research proposals



  • Discuss limitations and ethical issues of a research proposal

  • Critically assess and discuss analytical approaches to understanding relevant national /local contexts and systems

  • Engage in the development of an effective team, including good communication and problemsolving within the team 

  • Act, interact and collaborate in an ethical and culturally sensitive manner

  • Critically reflect on, present and discuss, in a culturally sensitive manner, learning activities and outcomes

The teaching methods will include a combination of formal lectures, class and team exercises, field visits, problem-based learning, peer-review and feedback.

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

Principles for allocation of slots in each destination:
Students choose 1st and 2nd priority of destinations. If more students choose one of the destinations than allocated slots, a draw determines which country each student will be visiting. Capacity may vary in the destinations.
Destinations may vary due to schedueling or other issues. There may be allocated extra slots for MSc in Global Health students should they be delayed in their study plan.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
Type of assessment
Written assignment
A group assignment (a research proposal) of max 6 pages /2400 keystrokes per page and an individual assignment (reflection report) of max 5 pages/2400 keystrokes per page
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 report, which documents the work process of the course, 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.
  • Discuss and assess skills central to team work process



  • 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.
  • Engage in the development of an effective team, including good communication and problemsolving within the team 

  • Act, interact and collaborate in an ethical and culturally sensitive manner

  • Critically reflect on, present and discuss, in a culturally sensitive manner, learning activities and outcomes
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 52
  • Field Work
  • 185
  • Preparation
  • 137,5
  • Project work
  • 37
  • Guidance
  • 0,5
  • English
  • 412,0