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International Public Health - Period 6 Business & Economics Program Spring 2025 Semester - Extended - Amsterdam

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International Public Health - Period 6

International Public Health - Period 6 Course Overview


CEA CAPA Partner Institution: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Primary Subject Area: Health Sciences
Instruction in: English
Course Code: AB_470088
Transcript Source: Partner Institution
Course Details: Level 200
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 84


In this course you will get insight into how health issues are being prioritized and addressed in a global context. The emphasis is on health problems that prevail in low- and middle income countries and how these problems, in the context of development cooperation, are being addressed by governments, donors and civil society actors. The course anticipates on the recent trends in the field of international cooperation and uses real-life examples and case studies to illustrate global health and development issues. This is approached in a transdisciplinary way; integrating insights from various scientific disciplines and taking into account the interests and relationships between different actors. The course starts with an overview of the international community and how they set priorities in relation to health and the development of a nation. In this, we will also consider to what extent marginalized topics (such as mental health, disability inclusion, and ethnic minorities) are part of priorities set at the global level. This will be followed by a closer look at how international agreements, such as the Millennium Development Goals, have been realized by governments, donor and UN agencies, non-governmental and private actors in low- and middle income countries. We will use the lessons learned to also look as the future by studying how the Sustainable Development Goals are to be realized in the coming decade. We will discuss in the lectures as well as during the group assignment what the facilitators and inhibitors of global public health interventions and targets are. In the group assignment, you will apply the theory that is provided during the course to a practical assignment on a sub-theme in global health. During the assignment you will learn to critically reflect on the realization of international themes, to map out the challenges that may be anticipated during implementation and to formulate concrete recommendations to address such challenges. In a team of students, you will compile a report on the realization of a global health theme in a specific region and give a presentation on this to your fellow students.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam) awards credits based on the ECTS system. Contact hours listed under a course description may vary due to the combination of lecture-based and independent work required for each course therefore, CEA's recommended credits are based on the ECTS credits assigned by VU Amsterdam. 1 ECTS equals 28 contact hours assigned by VU Amsterdam.

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