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Global Health (NL)


Admission requirements

Students can enroll for a half minor if they have obtained 60 credits from the first year.

International Students should have an adequate background in Medicine. Admission will be considered based on CV and motivation letter.
For more information, please contact internationalisering@lumc.nl.


The minor Global Health starts with a general, basic introduction to Global Health of four weeks where the students become acquainted with the health topics currently challenging low and middle income countries. During this introduction, module students will become familiar with the interrelationship between global health policy and clinical disease manifestation around the world. This will be followed by a module of 6 weeks exploring specific global health topics in depth. Within this module the focus will be on women’s health (female cancers, safe motherhood).

Course objectives

After this course the student can:
1. Describe the current global health situation and outline how social, economic, demographic and environmental factors influence population health and disease at a global, national and regional level.
2. Evaluate values and limitations of the most important indicators of population health and disease at a global, national and regional level.
3. Explain for different geographical regions which health determinants are of importance within the following disease categories: communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases, nutritional disorders, injuries and reproductive health.
4. Identify key ethical, social and cultural principles for making decisions in global health management.
5. Describe the major organizational actors in global health and their focuses and outline their challenges.
6. Explain which personal health issues may occur when visiting the tropics and propose appropriate preventive measures.
7. Compose a clear and defined research question on a relevant topic in global health and transpose this into a practical literature search
8. Identify, critically describe, discuss and reflect recent scientific findings within a specific global health research topic via a written report and an oral presentation based on a targeted literature study
9. Propose and reflect a population based health intervention or recommendation within a specific global health research topic via a written report and an oral presentation based on a targeted literature study
10. Actively contribute to in-depth discussion on global health issues


All course and group schedules are published on our LUMC scheduling website or on the LUMC scheduling app.

Mode of instruction

Lectures, workgroups, group discussions, student presentations, self-study assignments often based on use of multimedia, practicals, clinical session.

Course load

Total course load is the amount of EC’s multiplied with 28 hours.

Assessment method

Summative test (marked):
On the last day of the first four weeks there will be a written exam in Dutch. Non-Dutch speaking participants should contact the course organization before the start of the minor.
The test consists of approximately 25 open (or semi-open) questions. The questions will refer to the contents of the lectures and the readings en internet information indicated as “basic literature”. The daily study assignments (SA) can be used to familiarise with the theoretical background examined.
Rating: 1-10
Reviewed by: coordinators of the semi-minor. Specific components can also be assessed by a specific teacher.

Presentations (marked):
During the last week of the minor each student has to give a presentation addresses to the rest of the group discussing the outcome of a systemic literature search on a specific topic related to the module.
Rating: 1-10
Reviewed by: coordinators of the modules

Written report (marked):
At the last day of the minor each students has to hand in a report describing the outcome of their literature search,
Rating 1-10
Reviewed by: coordinators of the modules

Attendance of contact hours will be registered. In principle there is a compulsory attendance of all contact hours.
Examination committee L. van Lieshout; L. Visser

The exam dates can be found on the schedule website.


Blackboard will be used during this course.

Reading list

The module uses the following study books of the LUMC list of essential study books (kernboekenlijst):

  • Sherris Medical Microbiology, 6th edition. Ryan and Ray, McGraw Hill 2014

  • Kumar, Abbas and Fausto. Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease. Elsevier Saunders, 8th edition, 2009

  • Suurmond, J., Seeleman C., Stronks K., Essink-Bot ML.2012 (tweede, herziene druk) Een arts van de wereld. Etnische diversiteit in de medische praktijk. Bohn, Stafleu en van Loghum, Houten.

  • Mackenbach, PJ en Stronks (red.) 2012 (6e geheel herziene druk) Volksgezondheid en Gezondheidszorg

In addition the module makes use of:

  • Relevant papers from international journals, learning material of related websites, all indicated within the module-book

  • Skolnik: Global Health 101, 2nd edition, 2012

Students participating in the Cuba-module will receive additional learning materials related to the region.


Students are required to register for exams through uSis. The registration for a working group is done by handing in your ‘studieplan’.


Lisette van Lieshout