International Public Health (BMED)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Public Health (BMED)

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Public Health

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    • Understanding of basic concepts and theories used in the field of IPH
    • General knowledge of all aspects involved in international public health, such as the main infectious and chronic diseases, sexual and
    reproductive health, child & youth health, nutrition, and the environment.
    • General knowledge of country level issues regarding health, how they relate, and how they are influenced by global trends
    • Being able to critically analyze (search, select, interpret) data and information in the field of international public health and present them in writing and orally

    International public health (IPH) is a field that comprises health issues affecting low- and middle-income countries and deals with health challenges transcending national boundaries. Due to the globalizing world, these challenges become more and more complex. It concerns the development of specific interventions and health care facilities that are accessible, affordable, and appropriate for the entire population. The specific focus is on low- and middle-income countries with high mortality and morbidity rates and often inadequate operating health services.

    International public health is grounded in a large variety of scientific disciplines, e.g. epidemiology, biomedical sciences, health sciences, management, psychology, anthropology, policy sciences, ethics, and sociology. Therefore international public health is predominantly an interdisciplinary field. Its second main feature is the emphasis on “equity”. The basic principle is that the obtained knowledge about good health should benefit all groups in the society. The third feature is related to worldwide trends, e.g. urbanization, migration, technological development and globalization. These trends have an enormous impact on health and sickness. Studying the worldwide trends is a major aspect of international public health.

    Outline course
    This course provides a general overview of all aspects involved in international public health, with a specific focus on health issues in
    low- and middle income countries, as well as how countries deal with their health care issues.

    First the general context and background of international public health will be addressed, including the growing burden of disease and
    determinants of health. Then, throughout the course, diseases that constitute major parts of the global burden of disease will be elaborated. These include: infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases and intentional and unintentional injuries. Other major areas
    such as sexual and reproductive health, child and youth health and mental health will also be covered. Among important determinants of
    health, nutrition and environment will also be covered. Health issues in complex emergencies, including conflict and war, will be provided as it is an area of growing concern in the international health arena. The course will end with an outlook towards how science and technology can provide solutions to global health issues.

    Lecture 28 hours
    Assignments (workgroup sessions & group assignment) 75 (10 + 65) hours
    Self-study 55 hours
    Exam 3 hours

    Your final grade is built up as follows:
    - 50% final exam
    - 50% group assignment (presentation 10% + portfolio 40%)

    A minimum score of 5.5 for all components is required in order to pass.


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