Health Care Management

Global Health (6 ECTS)

Course content

Global health integrates expertise and perspectives from the fields of public health, medicine, epidemiology, health economics, behavioural science, environmental sciences and anthropology, among others. This course aims to provide a basic understanding of the emerging field of global health, its disciplines, principles, actors, challenges and opportunities involved.

The first part of the course will begin with some fundamentals and focuses on global burden of disease (aetiology) and determinants of health - particularly in relation to vulnerable populations. Further students will be familiarized with the academic debate about processes of globalisation and their impact on the access of people to health and the health problems arising from climate change. We will also look at the agenda for global health and the global health care aims in different settings. The third part will focus on human rights, implications for health equity and equality and how social conditions may influence health and health inequalities.

The fourth block will look at global health policy and the overall landscape, including reflections on good governance. It will address issues concerning the interplay between the main actors and institutions active at global level (WHO, Global Health Council etc.), national level (public, private, NGOs etc.) and local level (civil society, patients, communities etc.)– in the field of health. The ways in which this interplay shapes and impacts the functioning of health systems, how they are financed and questions of accountability are presented.

The course ends by looking at the complexities of global health and its relation to technological innovation, the role of workforce mobility and the impact on social, political and economic change.

Learning results

The course is intended to provide students with an understanding of the different ways in which various global aspects affect health, public health policy, health practice and social and economic change. Upon successful completion of this course students will be enabled to understand the many interrelated determinants impacting human global health and disease - ranging on a scale from individual to society. This includes, policies, globalisation, sustainability, financing, equity, ethics, human rights, socio-cultural issues, and climate change.

Students will have gained insights in emerging diseases, the major determinants of global diseases and of the interplay between biomedical, global and social processes involved in major global diseases.  They have an understanding of the different rules, norms, actors, organisations and institutions involved at global, national, regional and local levels and are aware of the different health care systems and contexts in which they operate. They will be able to discuss the challenges, opportunities and tensions that are involved with an increasing health workforce mobility and digitalisation. Furthermore, they will be able to critically appraise (global) health policies, the increasing complexity of global health challenges and the performance of health systems at various levels.

Various application examples from practice and group work will help strengthen the acquired knowledge. The practice-oriented lectures and the semester-accompanying group work will help students illustrate and apply the course contents therein.


Registrations for the course are open from July 12th. Registration by e-mail to verena.struckmann(at) and vincent.findeiss(at) is required. The registration deadline is one week before the start of lectures. Students must register for examinations in accordance with the examination and study regulations of the respective study programmes. Due to the limited number of participants, students of Master's programmes will be given priority in registration. Students of other study programmes may participate provided that there is sufficient available capacity.

Number of participants

max. 40 persons

Date lecture

Wednesday, 12:00 - 2:00 pm: Lecture in room H0112, TU

Thursday, 12:00 - 2 pm: Seminar in room H0106, TU

Language of instruction


Start of the course

The course will be offered in WS 23/24