Deepening Minor: Global Health

Verdiepende minor
12 weken


In the Minor Global Health you will come to learn every aspect of Global Health and international Healthcare in low and middle income countries (LMIC), as well as emerging economies to contrast with health and healthcare in The Netherlands. Determinants of Health and Disease (local, regional, national and international), the Global Burden of Disease, Climate Change & Global Health, Universal Health Coverage, Healthcare systems in diverse cultural backgrounds and learning to deal with limited resources (preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic) will be the main themes.

Next to Health & Healthcare at a tertiary level (urban, university medical centre), you will be exposed to Health & Healthcare in a rural setting (district hospital, related health centres and health posts, primary healthcare, community health, public health). All this in a very different culture and climate.

In 2022 you can travel to 15 countries on 4 continents:
• Asia (Indonesia, Vietnam),
• Middle East (Iran, Oman),
• Africa (Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia) and
• The Americas (Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Suriname).

Of course the Corona pandemic really changed the world, making (amongst other things) international electives impossible. The 2020 Minor Global Health therefore had to be changed into a fully online (but very interesting!) 10 weeks Minor program with the option for students to still go abroad to their countries of choice in the Summer of 2022.

We expect that international electives will be possible again in September-October-November 2022, so that we can have a ‘normal’ Minor Global Health program again.

However, If the pandemic still causes international electives to be impossible by then, we will fall back to a fully online Corona proof Minor Global Health program.

Learning objectives

After completing the Minor Global Health the student is able to:

• describe the principles of Global Health
• relate determinants of disease (Global Burden of Disease) to global AND local developments
• describe and explain causes, effects and solutions for Climate Change and its effect on Global Health
• become aware of, experience and reflect on the factors associated with differences in health and healthcare in a different culture and in a different country.
• describe and explain what Universal Health Coverage is
• describe and explain the Millennium Development and Sustainable Development Goals
• describe the various healthcare systems
• describe and recognize the most important prevalent diseases, globally and locally, and name their prevention, diagnosis and treatment
• relate clinical care and public health in the broader sense, in urban and rural settings in developed and developing countries

Special aspects

To apply for this Minor:


  • For MEDICAL students: register before 15 April 2022 by choosing the Minor Global Health (Geneeskunde studenten) through
  • For ESHPM and EUC students: register before 15 April 2022 by choosing the Minor Global Health (ESHPM/EUC studenten) through
  • For Clinical Technology students: register before 15 April 2022 by choosing the Minor Global Health (KT/Nano studenten) through the TUD Minor website.


Register (possible now already!!) with Global Health Education Erasmus (GHEE) at  and/or

Apply (possible now already!!) for the Minor Global Health 2022 via and/or



• Please note that for this Minor you need to register (STEP 1) through your University’s Minor website ultimately 15 April 2022 23.59 hrs CET
• Please note that for this Minor you need to register and apply with GHEE (STEP 2) ultimately 15 April 2022 23.59 hrs CET
• You will be notified per e-mail on the definitive status of your application ultimately  24 April 2022 23.59 hrs CET

• Please note that the formal registration is through your university’s website (so STEP 1)!

NOTE 3: The first compulsory Kick-off meetings will be in May 2022.

NOTE 4: Compulsory Preparation & Language Sessions will be held in May and June 2022.

• The Minor Global Health starts 2 weeks earlier than the regular minors, on Monday 16 August 2022.
• The Minor Global Health thus runs for 12 (instead of the regular 10) weeks!

• To prevent highly communicable diseases while abroad and thus to prevent you from getting ill, please note that to be eligible for the Minor Global Health we require you to be vaccinated according to the Dutch National Vaccination Program (Rijksvaccinatie programma - RVP).
• Vaccinations against Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus and Polio (DKTP) as well as Mumps, Measles and Rubella (BMR) are compulsory. Furthermore, adequate vaccination against Hepatitis B is compulsory as well.
• For your trip you will need a compulsory booster vaccination against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP), as well as compulsory vaccinations against Rabies and Hepatitis A.
• Yellow Fever and others only when indicated (LCR guidelines). Malaria prophylaxis will depend on the country and areas you will be visiting (LCR guidelines).

Special Characteristics:

  • The Minor Global Health is open to 3rd year Bachelor students in Medicine, Clinical Technology, Nanobiology, Erasmus University College and the Institute of Health Policy & Management with:
  • Demonstrable interest in Global Health. 
  • Good command of the English Language. 
  • Having acquired all study credits (60 ECTS) of Bachelor year 1 at the moment of the selection procedure
  • Expected to acquire a minimum of 30 ECTS in Bachelor year 2 at the moment of the selection procedure
  • Having NO Bachelor year 2 exam resits in the period 16 August – 5 November 2022.

    The numer of students that can participate in the Minor Global Health is limited. A maximum of 80 students can participate, of which:
  • Max 64 Medical students from Erasmus MC
  • Max 8 students from EUR (ESHPM & EUC)
  • Max 8 students from TUD (Clinical Technology)

Overview content per week

The program consists of three parts:

  • 5 weeks of introduction and preparation in Rotterdam (Erasmus MC), concluded with a digital exam.
  • 6 weeks modular education abroad, split into an urban / university medical centre setting and a rural primary/public health setting; an assignment is part of the program.
  • 1 week to conclude the assignment and to present at the two-day Global Health symposium in Rotterdam (Erasmus MC)

Every week has its own theme, the most important diseases and aspects of the organization of healthcare in ‘low-, middle income and emerging economies’, urban as well as rural, will be discussed.

The following themes will be presented:

  • Principles of Global Health
  • Global Burden of Disease
  • Determinants of Health & Disease
  • Public Health & Prevention
  • Universal Health Coverage
  • MDG’s & SDG’s
  • Ethics, Corruption & Culture
  • Mother & Child Health
  • Communicable Diseases
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Climate Change & Global Health

For the compulsory assignment students can choose to:

  • Write a Case Review
  • Develop or Test a Serious Game
  • Produce a Video Documentary

You can find the complete Minor Global Health 2021 schedule at:


Teaching Methods

Education will consist of:
• Lectures
• Masterclasses
• eLearning (Perusall)
• Workshops
• Bed-side teaching
• Student presentations

Students will participate in the regular activities of the participating host institutes abroad including:
• morning reports
• grand rounds
• outpatient activities: OPD, ART clinic, U5, antenatal, community health projects
• journal clubs and research meetings

ALL education during the Minor Global Health is compulsory.

Teaching Materials

Compulsory literature:
• Global Health 101; Richard Skolnik; Jones & Bartlett Publishers | 4th edition October 2019.
• Factfulness; Hans Rosling; Sceptre | 1st edition January 2018.
• De Derde Wereld op je CV; Judith van de Kamp; Nieuw Amsterdam | 1st edition March 2019.

• Lecture sheets.
• Education materials used during lectures and workshops.
• Online Education: Global Health with Greg Martin
• Posts on the Facebook page:
• Reader with lectures and other materials from the host institutes abroad.

Advised literature:
• Millions Saved: New Cases of Proven Success in Global Health; Amanda Glassman & Miriam Temin; Center for Global Development | 1st edition May 2016
• Millions Saved: Case studies in Global Health; Ruth Levine; Jones & Bartlett Publishers | 1st edition April 2007.
• Progress: 10 reasons to look forward to the future. Johan Norberg; Oneworld Publications | 1st edition April 2017.
• Foreign to Familiar. Lanier, Sarah A.; McDougal Publishing | 1st edition November 2000.

See for more information:
• The general Minor Global Health website:
• The dedicated Minor Global Health 2020 website:


Method of examination:

1. Examination in the Minor Global Health consists of three parts:

  • Digital Exam in week 5 (16 September 2020), before going abroad.
  • 1/3 of the maximum score of the exam can be obtained by the online Perusall assignments
  • 2/3 of the maximum score of the exam can be obtained by the written exam

2. Professional behaviour and performance abroad
3. Individual Assignment, for which students can choose to

  • Write a Case Review
  • Produce a Video Documentary, Vidcast series or Podcast series

Composition final grade

The final mark will consist of:
1. The mark for the final individual assignment (40%)
2. The mark for the digitalexam in week 5 (50%)
3. The mark for professional behavior and performance abroad (10%)

The marks of all parts need to be sufficient (5.5 or higher = 60%).


  • Students will get direct feedback on the presentations of their assignments in week 12.
  • The assignment will be discussed individually with their supervisor.
    • For the Video Documentaries – Vidcasts - Podcasts a special Minor Global Health ‘Movie Night’ will be organized in January/February 2022.
  • Feedback on the exam will be through an inspection session.

Frequently asked questions


Contact information

Dr. Jan Nouwen   
010 - 703 3511
room: Na-907 (Erasmuc MC)

Faculty website
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Verdiepende minor
12 weken
Erasmus MC
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