GHEE's Minor Global Health program is a 12-week course for 3rd year Bachelor students (primarily Medicine, but also Clinical Technology, Nanobiology, Erasmus University College and Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management). Normally, the course is organized is such a way that you have lectures, practicals and masterclasses for 5 weeks on all aspects of Global Health. Thereafter you go abroad for about 6 weeks to experience Health & Healthcare in a completely different setting and culture.
However, with the ongoing SARS-COV2 pandemic, the MGH2020 program had to be adapted to the new normal, meaning that the full program (10 weeks) was organized in Rotterdam, The Netherlands with the option to go abroad in the Summer of 2021. Friday 2 April 2021 we decided that international electives will not be possible in 2021, so also the MGH2021 will organized as a 10 week program in Rotterdam NL with a large virtual mobility component with the countries and institutes in our Global Health network and with an optional stay abroad in the Summer of 2022.
The Minor is concluded with two Symposia, one where as a group students present their assignments, and one with a specific topic with invited speakers.
The Minor Global Health started in 2010 as a rather small program: 33 students going to 3 countries (Malawi, Zambia and Suriname). Since then the program has grown to include around 120 students each year going to nearly 50 institutes in 21 different countries in 2021 (The Netherlands, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Suriname, USA, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Iran, Oman, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Viet Nam).
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, 21 countries and 50 institutes:
Asia – Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Viet Nam
Africa – Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia & Zimbabwe
Middle East – Iran, Oman
South America – Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Suriname & USA
Europe - The Netherlands
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
The Minor Global Health is open to 3rd year Bachelor students in Medicine, Clinical Technology, Nanobiology, Erasmus University College (LS track) and the Institute of Health Policy & Management (and others) with:
Demonstrable interest in Global Health.
Good command of the English Language.
Having acquired all study credits (60 ECTS) of Bachelor year 1.
Having passed ALL exams in Bachelor year 2 in the period 30 August – 5 November 2021.
Specifically for Medicine these are:
PKV en CA exams
Not having any other compulsory Education obligations in the period 30 August – 5 November 2021.
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 several parts:
Kick-off Meeting Monday 10 May 2021
Preparation sessions and Language courses starting 31 May 2021
10 weeks of intensive Global Health education starting Monday 30 August 2021, including
our famous 'Global Health Masterclasses’
a track 'Humans of Global Health'
a track 'Corona & Global Health'
with the Coursera 'Essentials of Global Health' by Richard Skolnik as the foundation
'virtual mobility' with weekly meetings with your peer students, coordinators, lecturers etc. at the site you are going to
the Global Health symposium in Rotterdam (Erasmus MC), 4 & 5 November 2021
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
Climate Change & Global Health
Determinants of Health & Disease
Public Health & Prevention
Univeral Health Coverage
MDG’s & SDG’s
Ethics, Corruption & Culture
Mother & Child Health
For the compulsory assignment students can choose to:
Write a Case Review
Develop or Test a Serious Game
Produce a Video Documentary, Vidcast and/or Podcast series
Education will consist of:
ALL education during the Minor Global Health is compulsory!
Global Health 101; Richard Skolnik; Jones & Bartlett Publishers | 4th edition October 2019.
'Essentials of Global Health' on Coursera
Factfulness; Hans Rosling; Sceptre | 1st edition January 2018.
De Derde Wereld op je CV. Judith van de Kamp; Nieuw Amsterdam | 1st edition March 2019.
Education materials used during lectures and workshops.
Posts on the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/minorglobalhealth2020
Reader with lectures and other materials from the host institutes abroad.
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 | 1st edition April 2017.
Foreign to Familiar. Lanier, Sarah A.; McDougal Publishing | 1st edition November 2000.
The Practice of Internal Medicine in the Tropics; Ed Zijlstra | 1st edition 2016.
Hours & Numbers
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): 8
Minimum number of students that can participate per minor (per site-country): 4
Maximum total number of students that can participate: 120
Maximum 90 Erasmus MC Medical students
Maximum 30 students of other faculties, universities
Minimum total number of students that can participate: 60
The final mark will consist of:
The mark for the final individual assignment (55%)
The mark for the written exam in week 5 (40%)
The mark for professional behavior and performance abroad (5%)
The marks of all parts need to be sufficient (5.5 or higher = 60%).
Students will get direct feedback on their assignments. The assignment will be discussed individually with their supervisors. Feedback on the exam will be through an inspection session.