HSO-10306 Global Health


Studiepunten 6.00

Individual Paper0
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)C Verbaan
Lecturer(s)dr. ME Ormond
C Verbaan
dr. ir. LI Bouwman
ML Derkzen
Examiner(s)C Verbaan

Language of instruction:

NL and/or EN

Assumed knowledge on:

It is assumed all students have followed the course HSO-10806 Introduction to Health and Society and/or have a basic level of knowledge on health indicators, health inequalities, ethics of public health, health care systems, and basic academic writing skills, including APA reference style. Additional readings will be made available for students that lack background knowledge.


This introductory course uses a health promotion perspective to critically examine 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 such as smoking and food-related issues. 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;
- understand the main global health issues and their relation with health, social and economic development;
- understand the steps in analyzing global health issues, starting from measurement and priority setting to identification of causes and solutions;
- apply these steps to global health issues in a group assignment.


The course consists of three meetings per week on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The lectures and study materials provide students with knowledge on principles, key concepts, priorities, concerned actors and collaborative actions in Global Health.
Students work in groups on an assignment that targets the development of critical analysis skills, reflection on ones own understanding, acquisition of additional skills and knowledge and expression the result in written communication.


The examination consists of the following parts:
- individual exam = 60%;
- group assignment = 40%
The exam and the group assignment must also each receive a mark of at least 5.5 in order to pass the course. In addition, students can receive up to 0.5 bonus credit for specific tasks that will be presented in the first lecture. Missing deadlines may lead to deduction of points.


All students have to buy the textbook: Skolnik, R (2019) Global Health 101. Fourth Edition. Jones and Bartlett Publishers; Sudbury, USA. The Third Edition (2016) also suffice. The book is available at the WUR-shop. In addition, selected readings will be made available in Brightspace.

Verplicht voor: BGMHealth and SocietyBSc5MO