Play a crucial role in world’s health care
By the occurrence of the corona pandemic global health has become more crucial than ever, especially when you realise that at least half of the world’s population still do not have full coverage of essential health services (WHO, 2022). As becoming health professional you are challenged to contribute towards Sustainable Development Goal 3 to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages. In this minor you will focus on what is needed to deliver health care in a resource-poor setting, not only to sick individuals, but also to the communities of the families of the patients.
As a healthworker you can play a crucial role in primary health care, mother and child health and health promotion. Basic knowledge of tropical diseases as well as health resource allocation plays hereby an important role.
Level: Hbo-minor, bachelor level
Credits: 15 EC
This minor is intended for healthcare students who plan to work or do an internship in a low- or middle- income country. Students that have an interest in global health are as well welcome. It is highly recommended to follow the minor Building a Better World prior to this minor. The language in use is English.
International students can only start at the CHE in September. The Global Health programme can therefore only be followed by international students in combination with another minor of 15 EC that starts in September.
In this minor we cover the following topics:
- relation between health and poverty;
- primary health care;
- child health;
- maternal health
- tropical diseases and clinical reasoning;
- health promotion;
- health resource allocation;
- intercultural communication
At the end of the minor:
1) you have an overall overview of global health and development cooperation
2) you are able to critically interpret and use epidemiological information, gathered by evidence based resources;
3) you are able to determine socio-economic and cultural factors which influence health
4) you are able to recognise and interpret symptoms of various common diseases in low- and middle- income countries;
5) you have insight in global policies on common diseases in low- and middle- income countries;
6) you have insight in methods of intervention, treatment and management concerning these diseases.
7) you have an opinion on how you would like to contribute to global health and development
8) You are aware of strengths and weaknesses in intercultural communication
Programme and assessment
Every theme is introduced by an inspiring lecture. From there you immerse yourself in the theme via online learning units. All gathered knowledge and skills come together during a subsequent workshop. Two weekly you have coaching sessions on intercultural sensitivity. An excursion and a full day serious game on health resource allocation are as well part of the programme.
As assessment you are asked to write an individual essay with your opinion on global health (5EC). As a subgroup you have to formulate an advice to the Ministry of Health (MOH), of a given country, based on a thorough analysis of the current situation (10EC).