HSO-10306 Global Health


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work6
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. LI Bouwman
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. LI Bouwman
dr. ME Ormond
ir. CQ Wentink
Examiner(s)dr. ir. LI Bouwman

Language of instruction:

Dutch and/or English.


This introductory course uses a health promotion perspective to critically view upon global health concerns, underlying causes and potential actions to address these concerns. The scientific domain of health promotion values health as a human right and a major source for social, economic and personal development and focuses on achieving equity in health. Global health concerns those problems and challenges that cross national borders and require national and international interdisciplinary action for priority setting and intervention.
Emerging concerns range from infectious disease e.g. malaria to women -and child health, 'second epidemic'problems for instance obesity, that relate to the arrangement of the food system. The course provides a critical view upon health measurement and health priority setting, the determinants underlying global health concerns and the ways these issues are addressed by the health system and through interdisciplinary, international collaborations.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand the key concepts in global health, including global priority setting, the global burden of disease, (inter)national health systems, global health governance, social justice and human rights and global health inequity;
- define and analyse global health concerns and the ways these concerns are addressed, specifically in relation to health systems, the natural environment and food;
- understand the building blocks of a critical approach towards global health concerns, international measurement, priority setting and interdisciplinary collaboration;
- apply these building blocks in oral and written communication.


- lectures;
- class discussions;
- literature study;
- group essay (assignment).


- written exam with open and multiple choice questions (70%);
- essay in pairs (30%);
To pass both components require a minimum of 5.50


Skolnik, R. (2012). Global Health 101, 2ed (required);
Articles; reports and multimedia-resources.

Compulsory for: BGMHealth and SocietyBSc5MO