Introduction to Global Health

22 Apr 2024 31 Jul 2024
Target Group
Undergraduate, Master and PhD students
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Closed  (Deadline: 25 Mar 2024 23:59)

An interative E-Learning course in which students will gain a basic understanding of global health via an active and student-centred learning approach. Participants will collaborate with students from different universities and cultural backgrounds during the group work, in an online module with 4 synchronous session. Students will receive 3 ECTS upon completion of the course.

The course is intended as a blended learning course, including synchronous (4 sessions) and asynchronous units. The asynchronous learning consists of 8 units of self-study interactive eLearning with interactive elements on Moodle. During the synchronous sessions, participants will meet online via ‘Zoom’ to form groups, with whom they will collaborate on a project and in the final session present their work.

Topics include:

  • The theoretical foundations of global health.
  • The effects of globalisation on health and the burden of disease.
  • The different determinants of health.
  • Ethical issues involved in health.
  • Strategies to improve global health.
  • Working in an interdisciplinary environment.

Synchronous Sessions

  • 22nd April, 16:00 - 17:00 CEST Kick-Off (introducing students to the course) COMPULSORY.
  • 21st May, 16:00 - 17:00 CEST Introduction to Group Work (students need to complete the first 3 units to participate in this session and continue with the course) COMPULSORY.
  • Optional Session to be scheduled by group and tutor in June to check on progress.
  • 15th July, 16:00 - 18:00 CEST Group Presentations COMPULSORY.
  • 16th July, 16:00 - 18:00 CEST Group Presentations COMPULSORY.

Learning objectives

Participants can expect to get actively involved in thr course, working in small groups. By the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Explain how globalisation affects health, health systems and the delivery of healthcare.
  • Understand and calculate the burden of disease, distinguishing between morbidity and mortality.
  • Identify the relevance of socioeconomic factors as determinants of health outcomes.
  • List the major environmental determinants of health and explain their effects on morbiditiy and mortality within and between countries.
  • Understand how to anaylse strategies targeting health disparities and the effect this can have on health.
  • Gain an insight into the experience and perspectives of professionals involved in Global Health.


  • Digital skills
  • Communication & collaboration
  • Intercultural skills


There are no prerequisites. However, students should be interested in the topic and willing to actively participate.

  • Selection strategy: Students should write a motivational letter of 100 words explaining why they want to take this course. A preference is given for a mix of universities.
  • Number of participants: 90.
  • Certificate/ECTS: 3 ECTS and a certificate.
  • Language: English.

This activity is part of Work Package 2.