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European Public Health in a Globalising World

Maastricht Summer School
Netherlands, Maastricht
Maastricht Summer School Netherlands, Bonnefantenstraat 2, 611 KL Maastricht, The Netherlands
Tuition fee €1,000.00 per programme


The course provides an overview of modern health challenges in Europe and how they are embraced by a variety of stakeholders: policy makers, researchers, practitioners and the civil society.

The course focus on three perspectives: Firstly, health in Europe, hence, what is the health status across the European countries, how do the health systems look like, what is major challenges for individual countries. Secondly, the perspective of European health which focuses on integration and collaboration among Member States within the European Union (EU) and more widely according to the WHO European region. Lastly, European health in a globalised world is assessed. The course combines theory with practice through lectures, tutorials and field visits.

This course consists of 32 class hours divided over 3 weeks. Students earn 6 ECTS credits when they obtain a passing grade.

Course objectives
After participating in the course students should be able to:

Describe the brief historical developments in European health
Describe the main contemporary health challenges at national levels, European level and from a global perspective
Describe the main characteristics of how different European health systems are financed and managed
Know examples of EU/WHO-Euro related health policies, strategies, institutions and projects
Describe examples of cross-border collaboration across Europe
Identify examples of global trends that influence European health and how Europe influence global health
To facilitate a fruitful learning environment a moderate level of health-related knowledge is required. Hence, the course is directed towards students attending bachelor or master courses in medicine, public health science, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics etc.

A minimum of 9 students is required for the course to take place.

Recommended reading
The literature is based on EU documentation, reports from the WHO and the European Observatory as well as general research papers concerning European public health. All literature is freely available on the internet.

Apply now! Block 4.3 2018/19
Application deadline
Jun 1, 2019 23:59
Europe/Amsterdam time
Studies commence
Jul 22, 2019

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States