Certificate in International Public Health : A Global Perspective

Time : September 2021

Campus: Global Academy, Amsterdam

Duration and credits: Four weeks, 10 ECTS

Teaching Language: English

Level: Professional Development

Maximum number of attendees: 15

Learning Methods: Classical Learning(Face-to-Face); Online Learning, and Self -Study

Learning outcomes:

This four-week intensive summer short course gives an overview of recent trends in public and global health with its current and near-future challenges. This course is especially suitable for students in health sciences, and those in related fields (e.g. in natural sciences, social sciences etc.), but it is equally open to all students who are interested in examining contemporary health issues from various, and perhaps novel, perspectives. It is for the people who are working in the health related projects in developing countries.


The course will offer an overview of public health-related challenges our community is facing in near future, especially within the context of sustainable development goals. Public health is examined from many points of view, from everyday grass root life to environment, from health systems to general sociocultural and global determinants of wellbeing. Fields of public health that are covered in more detail include contemporary population health statistics and trends (nationally and globally), modern view of health promotion, aspects of health policy, increasingly important socioeconomic and cultural determinants of health, urgent issues in environmental health, changing world of modern work life, public health aspects of rapidly ageing populations, and new insights of public health nutrition. The course utilizes a plenty of real-life examples that reflect recent public health progress and future challenges.

Modes of study:

This course make available prerequisite reading material and other mainly online material prior to the course. The curriculum includes expert lectures, seminars, discussions groups, a hands-on computer lab session with real-life epidemiologic data, and a field visit. Students will prepare a course work in groups, and the output will be presented and discussed together during the closing-day seminar. After the course, students will prepare a well-thought essay on a given topic that relates to the visible and invisible future of public health.

Study materials:

Literature and readings (mostly digitalized /online). The students get to use the information and digital services as part of their independent studies during the course, as well as in preparing for the final seminar presentation and the essay.

Evaluation criteria:

Grade 0 to 5, based on evaluation of the following performance:

Class participation and activeness, seminar presentation, essay

Lecturers / Resource Persons:

On the welcome day a detailed daily time table including lecturers / resources, and reading package will be handed to all participants.

Application is on a rolling basis.

For any inquiries, please contact at: stichtingglobalacademy@gmail.com