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Global health in a changing world

This course will provide knowledge about the reciprocal relationship between public health and global development, presented in three blocks: Globalisation and sustainable development, institutions and governance, and regions and populations.

Globalisation and sustainable development: In this first block, a number of basic theoretical concepts will be introduced in order to increase understanding of the factors that affect global public health. What is globalisation and how does it impact individual and population health? In which ways are social and health related inequalities in rich and poor countries connected to global economic development? What is sustainable development and how is it related to good and equitable public health?

Institutions and governance: This block will focus on the political dimension of global health. How can policymakers and organisations influence public health on a global scale? Essential principles for political governance beyond the nation state will be presented. Organisations such as the UN, the WHO, and other important actors will be discussed.

Regions and populations: This block will address geo-political, demographic and historical phenomena that have characterised global public health development, e.g. global migration and the European health divide. Which health problems and diseases are of central importance today? Situations in specific regions and countries will be used to provide concrete examples illustrating the topics and discussions of the previous blocks.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    The teaching will be based on lectures and seminars. Participation in seminars and attendance at lectures is mandatory. In case of absence, the student will be given compensatory assignments.

    The course will be taught in English.

    For detailed course information, please see the course description:

    PH15A0 Course description 2022 (422 Kb)

    More information will also be distributed to all registered students through Athena.

    Course managers

    Andrea Dunlavy and Karl Gauffin


    The course is examined through an individually written asssignment at the end of the course, active participation in seminars, and attendance at lectures.

    The examination will be in English.

    For more information, please see the course description.


    Karl Gauffin

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    Please note that the first link is directed to students taking the course as a freestanding course and the second link to students taking the course within the Master's programme for Public Health Sciences.

    The course schedule will also be available for registered students in Athena.

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Course reports

  • Contact


    Contact information for Master's students

    Study counsellor
    Study administrator
    Coordinator, master's programme
    Director of Studies, Basic and advanced levels