Syllabus for Global Health 1

Global hälsa 1


  • 30 credits
  • Course code: 3PE145
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Global Health A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2016-05-19
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2019-05-15
  • Revised by: The Master Programmes Board of the Faculty of Medicine
  • Applies from: week 27, 2019
  • Entry requirements: University degree, minimum of 180 credits, in medicine, nursing, nutrition or another area relevant to global health. All applicants need to verify English language proficiency. This is normally attested by means of an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS.
  • Responsible department: Department of Women's and Children's Health

Decisions and guidelines

The course is part of the Master's Programme in Global Health.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Identify and analyse global and local burden of disease and their relation to Agenda 2030.
  • Analyse the social determinants of health and origin of disease and their effect, with special reference to vulnerable groups and the interrelationship with gender, poverty, level of education and ethnicity.
  • Describe basic concepts in global sexual and reproductive health, global child health and nutrition.
  • Identify rights relevant to global health and critically analyse the meaning of a rights-based approach.
  • Describe the basic concepts in migration and humanitarian assistance and its link to health.
  • Outline the magnitude, prevalence and geographical distribution of the main sexual and reproductive health, child health, and nutrition problems in low-income settings
  • Outline the magnitude, prevalence and geographical distribution of global infectious diseases.
  • Distinguish the globally important macro- and micronutrient deficiencies.
  • Describe basic concepts of health systems and health policy.
  • Discuss the politics and ethics of selected global health topics.
  • Discuss the concept of Universal Health Coverage.
  • Discuss different scientific paradigms relevant to global health research.
  • Analyse health risks and diseases from an epidemiological perspective.
  • Summarise the basic concepts in qualitative study design.
  • Critically asses scientific reports and articles.
  • Conduct a qualitative interview.
  • Perform basic statistical analyses.
  • Search relevant literature through the university library and online databases.
  • Produce scientific text with correct reference handling, formal structure and accuracy.
  • Analyse and compile relevant literature on a global health topic with relevance for Agenda 2030.


The course consists of three modules: Introduction to global health (15 cr), Research methods I (10 cr), Academic writing (5 cr).
Introduction to global health, 15 cr, includes:

  • Global burden of disease
  • Agenda 2030 and its relation to health
  • Demographic, epidemiological and nutritional transition
  • Basic concepts and overview of global sexual and reproductive health, global child health and nutrition
  • Basic concepts on the public health aspects of migration an humanitarian assistance
  • Foundations of the politics and ethics of global health
  • Trends and occurrence of global infectious diseases, and basic principles for prevention and control
  • Social determinants of and inequity in health and health care utilization
  • Global threats and challenges to health and nutrition
  • Overview of health systems and health policy
Research methods I, 10 cr, includes:
  • Basic scientific theory
  • Theoretical frameworks
  • Basic bio-statistical principles and analyses
  • Basic epidemiological concepts, measures and designs
  • Critically assessment of scientific reports and articles
  • Basic principles in qualitative research
  • Interview technique
Academic writing, 5 cr, includes:
  • Library and on-line resources for global health and research
  • Reference handling, formal structures and accuracy
  • Literature review in a selected area of global health with relation to Agenda 2030


The course consists of a series of lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, group work and individual assignments presented orally or in written form by the students. Critical readings of scientific articles are done regularly throughout the course. Sessions are interactive and students are encouraged to draw on their own experiences of global health. All teaching is in English.


The assessment is based on:
Written examination, participation in compulsory sessions, oral presentations, assignments. If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University´s disability coordinator. All examinations are in English.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 27, 2019

Course literature will be updated continuously. For further information, please contact the programme coordinator.