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 center) you will be exposed to Health & Healthcare in a rural setting (district hospital, related health centers 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 15 countries:

  • Asia – Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Vietnam
  • Africa – Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe & South Africa
  • Middle East – Iran, Oman
  • South America – Brazil, 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. Apply through OSIRIS ROTTERDAM through the application page from Monday 1 May 2018. List the Minor Global Health as first choice.
  2. Register (possible now already!!) with Global Health Education Erasmus (GHEE) at https://sites.google.com/globalhealtheducation.nl/minorglobalhealth2018/application and/or https://goo.gl/6opeHq.
  3. Apply (possible now already!!) for the Minor Global Health 2018 and upload your English Motivation Letter and Resumé via https://sites.google.com/globalhealtheducation.nl/minorglobalhealth2018/application and/or https://goo.gl/y8pL8k.      


  • Please note that for this Minor you need to register and apply in all three ways ultimately Monday 21 May 2018.
  • Ultimately Friday 25 May 2018 you will be notified per e-mail if you are invited for an interview (28-30 May 2018).
  • Ultimately Thursday 31 May 2018 you will be notified per email on your definitive selection.

NOTE 2: The first compulsory (!) Kick-off meetings will be on Monday 4 June 2018.
NOTE 3: Compulsory Preparation Sessions will be held 18-20 June and 25-27 June 2018.
NOTE 4The Minor Global Health starts 2 weeks earlier than the regular minors, on Monday 20 August 2018.
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 and Clinical Technology, and from Erasmus University College (LS track) and the Erasmus School 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 11 June 2018).
  • Having acquired a minimum of 30 ECTS in Bachelor year at the moment of the selection procedure (ultimately 11 June 2018).
  • Having NO Bachelor year 2 exam resits in the period 20 August – 9 November 2018.
    • Specifically for Medicine these are:
      • Exam 2A1
      • PKV and CA exams

Writing an English motivation letter and resumé as well as an interview are part of the application procedure of this minor.

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 2018 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.
  • 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 (20 September 2018), before going abroad.
  2. Professional behavior 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
room: Na-907 (Erasmuc MC)

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Verdiepende minor
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Please read the application procedure for more information.