Minor Deepening Minor: Global Health

Verdiepende minor


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, 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.

You can choose from 4 continents and 18 countries:

  • Asia – Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Vietnam
  • Africa – Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe & South Africa
  • Middle East – Iran, Oman
  • South America – Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador & Suriname

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 developments
  • 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 the 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:

  1. For MEDICAL students: register by choosing the Minor Global Health (Geneeskunde studenten) through https://www.eur.nl/onderwijs/minoren
    For ESHPM and EUC students: register by choosing the Minor Global Health (ESHPM/EUC studenten) through https://www.eur.nl/onderwijs/minoren
    For Clinical Technology and Nanobiology students: register by choosing the Minor Global Health (KT/Nano studenten) through the TUD Minor website.
  2.  Register (possible now already!!) with Global Health Education Erasmus (GHEE) at https://mgh2019.globalhealtheducation.nl/application and/or https://goo.gl/6opeHq.
  3. Apply (possible now already!!) for the Minor Global Health 2019 via https://mgh2019.globalhealtheducation.nl/application and/or https://goo.gl/forms/45e6fj7e4QPshcFk1.     



  • Please note that for this Minor you need to register and apply in all three ways ultimately Friday 24 May 2019 23.59 hrs. CET.
  • Ultimately Friday 31 May 2019 18.00 hrs. CET you will be notified per e-mail on your definitive selection.

 NOTE 2: The first compulsory (!) Kick-off meetings will be on Monday 3 June 2019.

 NOTE 3: Compulsory Preparation Sessions will be held 11-13 June and 24-26 June 2019.

 NOTE 4:

  • The Minor Global Health starts 2 weeks earlier than the regular minors, on Monday 19 August 2019.
  • The Minor Global Health thus runs for 12 (instead of the regular 10) weeks!

Specific 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 (ultimately 3 June 2019).
  • Having acquired a minimum of 30 ECTS in Bachelor year 2 at the moment of the selection procedure (ultimately 3 June 2019).
  • Having NO Bachelor year 2 exam resits in the period 19 August – 8 November 2019.

Overview content per week

The program consists of three parts:

  • 5 weeks of introduction and preparation (including a 2-week Summer School ‘Principles of Global Health’) in Rotterdam (Erasmus MC), concluded with a written exam.
  • 6 weeks modular education abroad, split into an urban / university medical center 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 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

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 2019 schedule at: https://goo.gl/9YiDMH

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 | 3rd edition May 2015.
  • Factfulness; Hans Rosling; Sceptre | 1st edition January 2018.
  • Foreign to Familiar. Lanier, Sarah A.; McDougal Publishing | 1st edition November 2000.


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.

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Method of examination 

Examination in the Minor Global Health consists of three parts

  1. Written Exam in week 5 (18 or 19 September 2019), before going abroad.
  2. Professional behaviour and performance abroad
  3. Individual Assignment, for which students can choose to
    1. Write a Case Review
    2. Develop or Test a Serious Game
    3. Produce a Video Documentary

Composition final grade

The final mark of the Minor Global Health will consist of:

  1. The mark for the final individual assignment (40%)
  2. The mark for the written exam 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 their individual assignments. The assignment will be discussed individually with their supervisor.

Feedback on the exam will be through an inspection session.

Contact information

Dr. Jan Nouwen
010 - 703 3511
06 - 1436 7862
room: Na-907 (Erasmuc MC)

Faculty website
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Verdiepende minor
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Please read the application procedure for more information.