HSO-10306 Global Health


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper
Literature study
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. LI Bouwman
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. LI Bouwman
Examiner(s)dr. ir. HW Vaandrager

Language of instruction:



This is an introductory course that addresses global health issues interdisciplinary. This course emphasises a broader concept of health, in which to be 'healthy' means to be able to participate as a reasonably autonomous and contributing member of society, and to draw meaning and satisfaction from doing so. In this conception, health is not present or absent; rather, health is a flux of personal, physical, mental (and for many people, spiritual) resources for everyday living.In the lectures an overview will be provided on the prevalence of worldwide diseases and the related global factors. Health problems such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and overweight will be addressed specifically.
In the course also global health interventions will be discussed that strive to improve equality in health, i.e. to reduce the gap between those with the best and those with the worst health.

Learning outcomes:

After completing the course, students are expected to:
- have gained knowledge about important worldwide health problems such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and overweight;
- analyze and critically discuss global health issues from different disciplines;
- have an understanding of health inequalities worldwide;
- be familiar with global health policy actors, global health priorities, and the means of addressing the identified health priorities including governance;
- reflect on possible solutions for global health problems.


- lectures from social science group members of different disciplines;
- literature study;
- discussion groups on specific worldwide health problems;
- step by step development of an essay.


Individual essay.


Papers or a book.

Compulsory for: BGMHealth and SocietyBSc5AF
Compulsory for: WUHESBSc Minor Health and Society5AF