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Admission requirements



A good understanding of biology is fundamental for understanding many of the challenges we face with regards to environmental sustainability and public health. This course aims to give students insight in important biological concepts at different levels of biological organization, including genetics, cell structure, physiology and whole organism responses.

Next, we will discuss several important systems which are key in global public health and/or ecosystem health, including the endocrine system, the immune system, respiratory system and the cardiovascular system. Case studies from both the field of human and ecosystem health will be used to demonstrate how these systems can be affected.

Course Objectives


  • Students can define and discuss key concepts in biology at different scales, ranging from molecular to individual level;

  • Students can describe important biological systems, including the endocrine system, the immune system and the cardiovascular system;

  • Students can examine the scientific literature and highlight future areas of research;


Timetables for courses offered at Leiden University College in 2023-2024 will be published on this page of the e-Prospectus.

Mode of instruction

The main mode of instruction will center around lectures and case studies (related to topics in GPH and EED) in biology. In addition, students are required to complete individual and group assignments.

Assessment Method

  • Midterm 20%

  • Individual Assignment 1: 10%

  • Individual Assignment 2: 10%

  • Group Assignment 10%

  • Course Participation: 10%

  • Final Exam: 40%

Reading list



Courses offered at Leiden University College (LUC) are usually only open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Leiden University students who participate in one of the university’s Honours tracks or programmes may register for one LUC course, if availability permits. Registration is coordinated by the Education Coordinator,


Prof. dr. Han de Winde,