International Health

International Health

Course dates:
5 August, 2024 to 23 August, 2024
EU/EEA citizens 5000 DKK/Non-EU/EEA citizens 9000 DKK
Fee advantages:
Full fee
Application deadline:
Monday, 1 April, 2024
University of Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark

General information

The University of Copenhagen offers this intensive three-week Summer Course in International Health targeting students and professionals with health-related backgrounds. The course takes place every summer and especially addresses participants working with health provision at hospitals and health centres in developing countries.

In order to provide participants with a basic understanding of the health problems facing developing countries and the challenges these provide for their health systems, the topics of the course include:

tropical medicine
health promotion
disease prevention
sexual and reproductive health
social and cultural aspects of health
child health
communicable and non-communicable diseases
and health in emergencies

Emphasis is on the biomedical and clinical aspects of the diseases people are facing in developing countries. The most important diseases will be discussed in more detail with emphasis on clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment.

The conditions include diabetes and other non-communicable diseases, malnutrition, malaria and other febrile diseases, tuberculosis, filariasis, leishmaniasis, schistosomiasis, intestinal worms, diarrheal diseases, mental diseases, sexual transmitted diseases, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, eye-diseases, and diseases/death caused by pesticides. Introductions to child health and reproductive health programs are also provided as well as simulation-training in relevant clinical situations.

The socio-economic context and cultural aspects of health provision in resource poor societies and the changing disease patterns in developing countries are also discussed. The health problems relating to urbanization is examined as well as the provision of health in emergencies.


Please note that the summer courses are non-residential. Participants are responsible for finding and funding accommodation during their stay in Copenhagen.

You can use different online portals to search for accommodation, such as:

Hostel World

UCPH Housing Foundation (acceptance letter from UCPH required).


Application form

ECTS accreditation

Master level


Contact information

If you have questions about the course content, please write to