Amsterdam Global Health

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Doel vak

After the minor, students:
1. can describe and discuss global health challenges (determinants of
health that transcend national borders) that impact the city of
2. can identify and describe challenges in primary and community care in
the city of Amsterdam, and possesses the necessary knowledge and skills
to assess and respond to those challenges.
3. can describe and discuss a diversity perspective on health and health
care and integrate a diversity perspective in health research and in
primary and community care.
4. can design, conduct and evaluate scientific projects with a
participatory research and ethics approach (stakeholder approach,
dialogue, reflection).
5. possesses personal and organizational skills e.g. vision and
leadership skills, advocacy, negotiation skills, goalsetting, planning,
project management, communication and cultural competence, reflexivity.

Inhoud vak

Travelling by bike, students are going to experience health and
healthcare in Amsterdam in different settings and learn about (the
physician’s role in) primary and community care in an urban environment
facing global health challenges, e.g. migration, demographic changes,
communicable and non-communicable diseases, and inequities.
Supported by a mentor, students design and conduct their own project in
collaboration with general practice, community care institutions and
nonprofit-organizations such as Dokters van de Wereld.
Health care is not merely to provide high tech solutions in hospitals to
acute medical problems, but also to practice health advocacy, arrange
care for people with chronic diseases as close to people’s homes as
possible, and empower people to organize their lives. Future doctors
will have to deal with challenges in primary and community care, e.g.
quality and continuity of care, access and outreach for underserved
communities, manage uncertainty and advocacy, and the shift from
hospital to primary care. Furthermore, doctors should be aware of
differences and inequalities and their connections to biological and
social processes in men and women across e.g. (socio)cultural
backgrounds, class, sexual orientation (intersectionality), and provide
equitable and inclusive health care.
Global Health Amsterdam (GHA) and Global Health Indonesia (GHI) share a
global health program, after which GHA focuses on primary and community
care from a gender and diversity perspective. Based on the principles of
Community Service Learning, students will conduct student-generated
participatory projects in collaboration with community partners, gain
meaningful learning experiences, and provide practical support to
community organizations.


Across the minor, service learning, lectures, practical courses and
working groups, field projects, community engagement, symposia, and peer
projects will be applied


Written assignments, debate, written exams, oral presentation.


Bachelor’s students of VUmc School of Medical Sciences and external (and
international) students with a (bio)medical background.

Toelichting Canvas

This minor is supported by a corresponding CANVAS course, which contains
all of the required information of this minor including an overview of
the required articles and assignments. The CANVAS course will also be
used to post announcements relevant to the minor. You will automatically
have access to the CANVAS course.

Aanbevolen voorkennis

(Bio)medical knowledge is recommended.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode M_BAGH19
Studiepunten 24 EC
Periode Semester 1
Vakniveau 300
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit VUmc
Vakcoördinator dr. P. Verdonk
Examinator dr. P. Verdonk
Docenten dr. N.C. Evans
drs. L.-Zijp
S.E. Duijs MA
M.F. Gerretsen MA
drs. B.A.M. Hesselink
drs. M.E. Muntinga

Praktische informatie

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Werkvormen Werkcollege, Studiegroep, Practicum