International Public Health (BMED)

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Doel vak

• Understanding of basic concepts and theories used in the field of IPH
• General knowledge of all aspects involved in international public
health, such as the main infectious and chronic diseases, sexual and
reproductive health, child & youth health, nutrition, and the
• General knowledge of country level issues regarding health, how they
relate, and how they are influenced by global trends
• Being able to critically analyze (search, select, interpret) data and
information in the field of international public health and present
them in writing and orally

Inhoud vak

International public health (IPH) is a field that comprises health
issues affecting low- and middle-income countries and deals with health
challenges transcending national boundaries. Due to the globalizing
world, these challenges become more and more complex. It concerns the
development of specific interventions and health care facilities that
are accessible, affordable, and appropriate for the entire population.
The specific focus is on low- and middle-income countries with high
mortality and morbidity rates and often inadequate operating health

International public health is grounded in a large variety of scientific
disciplines, e.g. epidemiology, biomedical sciences, health sciences,
management, psychology, anthropology, policy sciences, ethics, and
sociology. Therefore international public health is predominantly an
interdisciplinary field. Its second main feature is the emphasis on
“equity”. The basic principle is that the obtained knowledge about good
health should benefit all groups in the society. The third feature is
related to worldwide trends, e.g. urbanization, migration, technological
development and globalization. These trends have an enormous impact on
health and sickness. Studying the worldwide trends is a major aspect of
international public health.

Outline course
This course provides a general overview of all aspects involved in
international public health, with a specific focus on health issues in
low- and middle income countries, as well as how countries deal with
their health care issues.

First the general context and background of international public health
will be addressed, including the growing burden of disease and
determinants of health. Then, throughout the course, diseases that
constitute major parts of the global burden of disease will be
elaborated. These include: infectious diseases, non-communicable
diseases and intentional and unintentional injuries. Other major areas
such as sexual and reproductive health, child and youth health and
mental health will also be covered. Among important determinants of
health, nutrition and environment will also be covered. Health issues in
complex emergencies, including conflict and war, will be provided as it
is an area of growing concern in the international health arena. The
course will end with an outlook towards how science and technology can
provide solutions to global health issues.


Lecture 28 hours
Assignments (workgroup sessions & group assignment) 75 (10 + 65) hours
Self-study 55 hours
Exam 3 hours


Your final grade is built up as follows:
- 50% final exam
- 50% group assignment (presentation 10% + portfolio 40%)

A minimum score of 5.5 for all components is required in order to pass.


Title: Global Health 101. Author: Richard Skolnik (third edition)
Available: VU boekhandel
Potential extra literature will be made available via Canvas


Elective course for first year students of the bachelor's programmes in
Biomedical Sciences and Health Sciences (Gezondheidswetenschappen), and
for second year students of the bachelor's programme in Health and Life
(Gezondheid en
Leven) with major BMW.
The course is strongly recommended to all students who consider the
master's specialization in International Public Health or the master's
programme in Global Health.

Overige informatie

Students must attend all work groups to pass the course.
Guest lecturers will be invited for specific lectures.

Afwijkende intekenprocedure

For this course, you need to register yourself for the course via VUnet, including lectures and exam(s). The faculty will register you for all remain teaching methods.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode AB_1145
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P5
Vakniveau 100
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Bètawetenschappen
Vakcoördinator U.O.C. Ilozumba
Examinator U.O.C. Ilozumba

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