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Global public health, 10 Credits

Swedish name: Global hälsa

This syllabus is valid: 2016-08-29 and until further notice

Course code: 3FH041

Credit points: 10

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Public Health: Second cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

Grading scale: Three-grade scale

Responsible department: Department of Epidemiology and Global Health

Revised by: Programme council for the International Master Programme in Public Health (PRPH), 2016-05-31


This course in global public health is an introduction to graduate studies in public health. The combination of rapid socio-economic, demographic and global environmental changes, and their potential health impacts, requires a broad conception of the determinants of population health. A range of current health issues are analysed such as environmental health, mother and child health, communicable and non-communicable diseases. The course also explores how the actors, context, processes and content of health policy are changing as a result of globalisation. The students will apply the knowledge by developing case studies from their own countries.

Expected learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student should be able to:
• describe the current demographic and epidemiological patterns globally
• define key concepts such as globalization, health policy, global public goods and global health governance
• cite a range of examples of global issues in terms of their impacts on human health
• describe the main challenges for responding effectively to global health challenges through improved global health governance and effective health policies

Required Knowledge

For non-programme students applying as single-course students, the requirements are 120 ECTS, of which a minimum of 30 ECTS are within one of the following: health sciences, environmental health or social sciences.

English proficiency equivalent to English B/6 from Swedish Upper secondary education. Basic entrance requirements for higher studies in Swedish language proficiency is also required if the course is taught in Swedish.

Form of instruction

Teaching in the course is concentrated to four weeks during the course period. Teaching is conducted through lectures, seminars, assignments and group exercises. Seminars, assignments and group exercises are compulsory. All teaching is in English.

Examination modes

At the end of the course there is a written exam. For students who have not received a passing grade at the first written exam on the course, a re-sit exam is arranged. A student who fails two examinations has the right to a change of examiner according to the University’s set of rules. A request to change examiner should be sent to the Board of the Faculty of Medicine.

Other regulations

Start-of-study respite
A respite for the start of studies may be granted under special circumstances. Examples of such circumstances are illness, military service, pregnancy, care of children or other nursing responsibilities etc.
A negative decision about start-of-study respite may be appealed to Överklagandenämnden för högskolan.

Course roll call
Attendance is compulsory for the course roll call. A student may be relieved from this obligation only through a decision by the course coordinator and only under special circumstances. Non-attendance without a valid reason may lead to the seat being given to another applicant. A decision about this is made by the course coordinator.

Academic credit transfers are always reviewed individually according to the University’s set of rules and academic credit transfer regulations.


Valid from: 2020 week 20

Global Health : an introductory textbook
Lindstrand Ann, Bergström Staffan, Rosling Hans, Rubenson Birgitta, Stenson Bo, Tylleskär Thorkild
Lund : Studentlitteratur : 2006 : 326 s. :
ISBN: 91-44-02198-4
Search the University Library catalogue

Textbook of Global Health
Birn Anne-Emanuelle, Pillay Yogan, Holtz Timothy H
Oxford Scholarship Online : 2017 :
Textbook of Global Health