Global Health

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Global Health

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Global Health, International Health, Public Health

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    In a globalizing world, health challenges are also transcending national boundaries and becoming more complex. To face up to them, there needs to be a two-way flow of resources, expertise and know-how between developed and developing countries, involving stakeholders from different scientific disciplines. Only a combined learning processes of this kind has the potential to generate effective, innovative solutions to global health issues and to create equitable health systems around the world.

    Advanced Bachelor

    This course provides you with in-depth insights into the growing complexity of the burden of disease, particularly in low and middle-income countries, as well as the main challenges surrounding health systems, infectious and non-communicable conditions, child and reproductive health. It equips you with a critical and holistic view on these challenges as well as the potential solutions.

    Thanks to our association with the Amsterdam Institute of Global Health and Development (AIGHD), we offer you access to an extensive network of partners and experts in health and related domains. In group discussions and debates, they invite you to think critically about these issues around the world. Your learning experience is further enriched through thought-provoking interviews with key local and international actors in the field.


    • You gain a critical knowledge of local and global health issues.
    • You can take an interdisciplinary apporoach to health and disease-related problems around the world.
    • You possess the skills needed to collaborate with peers from different disciplines.
    • You know how to obtain reliable and critical data to develop a topic for discussion.
    • You possess the skills needed debate topics related to global health.

    A visit to an institution relevant to the topics addressed, such as the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) or the Amsterdam Community Health Service (GGD).

    Lectures, group discussions, presentations, interviews

    Two group activities with debate and interview, individual written exam

    Students with a science background and an interest in complex health problems in an international context.