European Public Health in a Globalising World
Full course description
The course provides an overview of modern health challenges in Europe and how they are embraced by a variety of stakeholders: policy makers, researchers, practitioners and the civil society.
The course focuses on three perspectives: Firstly, health in Europe, hence, what is the health status across the European countries, how do the health systems look like, what are major challenges for individual countries. Secondly, the perspective of European health which focuses on Europeanisation and European integration within the European Union (EU) and more widely according to the WHO European region. Lastly, European health in a globalised world is assessed. The course combines theory with practice through lectures, tutorials and a field visit.
This course consists of 32 class hours divided over 7-8 weeks. Students earn 6 ECTS credits when they obtain a passing grade. Students who need more credits can sign up for the extended course format, which includes an Independent Study Project (ISP) worth an additional 3 ECTS. The maximum number of credits that can be obtained is 9 ECTS.
This class is a Core Course for students in the Public Health & Medicine in Europe programme.
After participating in the course students should be able to:
- Describe in brief the historical developments in European health
- Describe the main contemporary health challenges at national levels, European level and from a global perspective
- Describe the main characteristics of how different European health systems are financed and managed
- Know examples of EU related health policies, strategies, institutions and projects
- Describe examples of cross-border collaboration across Europe
- Identify examples of global trends that influence European health and how Europe influence global health
To facilitate a fruitful learning environment a moderate level of health-related knowledge is required. Hence, the course is directed towards students attending bachelor or master courses in medicine, public health science, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, European studies etc.
A minimum of 9 students is required for the course to take place.
The literature is based on EU documentation, reports from the WHO and the European Observatory as well as general research papers concerning European public health. All literature is freely available on the internet.