Deepening Minor: Global Health - Bangladesh, Indonesië, Vietnam, Rusland, Turkije, Kenya, Zambia, Zuid-Afrika, Brazilië, Suriname

Verdiepende Minor: Global Health - Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Oman, Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, Suriname

Experience every aspect of health and healthcare in a different continent, in a different country, in a different setting & in a different culture

Name of the Minor:

Minor Global Health





Coordinating Department:

Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases

Participating Departments:

Public Health

Rotterdam Global Health Initiative (RGHI)


Participating Countries:






South Africa






The Minor Global Health is open to students from:

  • Bachelor Medicine
  • Bachelor Clinical Technology
  • Bachelor Erasmus University College (LS track)
  • Bachelor Health Policy & Management


To apply for this Minor:

    (possible now already!!) with Global Health Education Erasmus (


    ) at
  2. APPLY

    (possible now already!!) for the Minor Global Health 2017 and upload your English Motivation Letter and Resumé via
  3. APPLY

    through OSIRIS ROTTERDAM through the application page from

    Monday 1 May 2017

    . List the Minor Global Health as

    first choice

Please note that for this Minor you need to register and apply in all three ways

ultimately Wednesday 17 May 2017

. Ultimately Wednesday 24 May 2017 you will be notified per e-mail if you are invited for an interview (26-31 May 2017). The first


(!) Kick-off meetings will be on

Monday 12 June 2017

. The Minor Global Health starts

2 weeks

earlier than the regular minors, on

Monday 21 August 2017

. The Minor Global Health thus runs for


(instead of the regular 10) weeks!


When selected for this minor, Erasmus MC medical students can use their Erasmus MC scholarship for travel- and housing costs. See for more information > financiering. This scholarship is not open to non-Erasmus MC medical students.

When selected for this minor, ESHPM students can apply for a scholarship from ESHPM. For more information, contact Sintyha Boeddha at ESHPM ( or 010-4088555). Please note that ESHPM has scholarships available for 3 students.


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, Health Care 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 & Health Care in a rural setting (district hospital, related health centers and health posts, primary health care, community health, public health). All this in a very different culture and climate. You can choose from 5 continents, 15 countries and 20 institutes:
  • Asia – Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Vietnam
  • Africa – Botswana, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe & South Africa
  • Middle East – Oman
  • South America – Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador & Suriname
  • Europe - The Netherlands


Learning Goals:

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 

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 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

    31 May 2017

  • Having acquired a minimum of 30 ECTS in Bachelor year at the moment of the selection procedure (ultimately

    31 May 2017

  • Having passed ALL exams in Bachelor year 2 in the period 21 August – 10 November 2017.
    • Specifically for Medicine these are:
      • the exams 2A1 en 2A2
      • PKV en CA exams
      • Writing an English motivation letter and resumé as well as an interview are part of the application procedure of this minor.


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
  • Univeral Health Coverage
  • MDG’s & SDG’s
  • Ethics, Corruption & Culture
  • Mother & Child Health
  • Communicable Diseases
  • Non-communicable diseases
For the compulsory


students can choose to:
  • Write a Case Review
  • Develop or Test a Serious Game
  • Produce a Video Documentary


Education will consist of:
  • Lectures
  • Masterclasses
  • Workshops
  • Bedside 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. 

Education 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.
  • Medical Spanish Dictionary

    ; Borm Bruckmeier Publishing | 2nd edition December 2005. 


  • 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: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future

    ; Johan Norberg; Oneworld Publications | October 2016.
  • The Practice of Internal Medicine in the Tropics

    ; Ed Zijlstra | 1st edition 2016.

Contact hours:

The Minor Global Health will have at least

20 contact hours

per week; and a minimum of

200 contact hours

for the minor as a whole.  

Maximum number of students that can participate per minor (per site-country):


Minimum number of students that can participate per minor (per site-country):


Maximum total number of students that can participate:

120 -        Maximum 100 Erasmus MC Medical students -        Maximum 20 students of other faculties, universities

Minimum total number of students that can participate:



The final mark will consist of:
  1. The mark for the final

    individual assignment

  2. The mark for the

    written exam

    in week 5 (50%)
  3. The mark for

    professional behavior and performance

    abroad (10%)
The marks of


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. Feedback on the exam will be through an inspection session.

Contact information

Contact person:

Dr. Jan Nouwen  
Room: Na-907 

Minor Global Health website:

Facebook page:

Google Classroom:

Faculty website:

Erasmus MC