European Public Health in a Globalising World
Full course description
EUH2001 European Public Health in a Globalising World – introducing policy, research and practice from a European healthcare, disease prevention and health promotion perspective.
The course provides an overview of modern health challenges in Europe and how they are met by a variety of stakeholders: policy makers, researchers, practitioners and the civil society.
The course focus on three perspectives. First, health in Europe, which focuses on the health status across the European countries, the organization of health systems, and major healthcare challenges for individual countries. Second, the perspective of European health which focuses on integration and collaboration among Member States within the European Union (EU) and countries within the WHO European region. Third, the global influence of European health policy and healthcare practices are examined. The course combines theory with practice through lectures, tutorials, and a field visit or a guest speaker masterclass.
This course consists of 32 class hours divided over 3 weeks. Students earn 6 ECTS credits when they obtain a passing grade.
General disclaimer: on-campus education and activities, as well as trips and visits related to the course are conditional. E.g. (Dutch) travel advice should be positive regarding the region that will be visited and institutions should be able to accept visitors. In case a proposed activity, trip or visit cannot continue due to circumstances, (online) alternatives may be organized.
After participating in the course students should be able to:
- Describe the brief 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/WHO-Euro 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 etc.
A minimum of 8 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.