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Global Health Theory & Fieldwork

Global Health is an area for study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide (J.P. Koplan, Towards a common definition of Global Health, 2009).

The bachelor minor Global Health allows you to view health related issues from a holistic perspective in which the social, environmental, economic and political situation of individuals and communities are considered as influencers on health. The minor will help you to understand international trends in disease and illness and will allow you to apply these in real life projects. This experience will contribute to skills which will support you internationally and at home in your future career challenges created by our globalizing world.

This minor will help you:

• to work in a diverse society

• to collaborate in interprofessional teams

• to practice your profession in a diverse context

• to become aware and to take into account the effects of a globalizing world.

Global Health Theory & Fieldwork (30 ECTS): Consists of the modules: Global Health Theory, Community Approaches and Fieldwork. Fieldwork is a module consisting of community-based group projects conducted in Amsterdam or abroad.

  • The Minor programme is offered by the Faculty of Health of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). The program goals are developed in conjunction with the Universities of Oslo and students can choose to follow the program in Amsterdam, or Oslo. The Minor in Oslo only runs in Semester 1. 


This programme enables you to develop important competences, which will assist you in future challenges of our globalising world. The competence profile are classified as Global Health Expert, Communicator, Collaborator, Health Advocate, Scholar and Professional.
You will learn:

•To view health related issues from a holistic perspective, in which the social, environmental, economic and political situation of an individual, a community, or society as a whole influence the availability and access to health.

•To integrate important lifestyle, genetic, demographic, political, environmental, social, economic, and psychological determinants of health of a population as a whole into professional activities to reduce health inequities.

•To integrate knowledge of international health status, global morbidity trends and mortality of chronic diseases of social significance, the impact of migration, trade, and environmental factors on health into professional activities to achieve equity in health.


All students studying for a bachelor (Bsc) in Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy or Exercise Therapy can subscribe for Bachelor Minor Global Health programme. Students who study any other health or wellbeing related Bachelor programme, or programs related to global healths such as agriculture, economics and international relations, can take part in the Global Health Minor with the permission of their own department.

Students must meet the minimum requirement for study points and have received permission from their own school to attend the minor program.

Students should have a basic level of English but will be supported in their English throughout the minor. International students should be nominated by their school.


Skolnik, R. (2015). Global Health 101. Jones & Bartlett Learning.


Our program consists of 10 weeks theory in Amsterdam, in class on average 4 days a week. There is also designated time within which students will be working in the community. During Fieldwork, students are coached via skype and are expected to be working equivalent to full-time study in the community. Fieldwork options are possible through physical exchange and/or online international collaboration. 

At the beginning of Fieldwork is a mandatory preparation week and at the end of Fieldwork there is a mandatory return week with a conference.

Contact time:
Lectures and tutorials: 117 hours
Coaching / Consultancy: 16 hours
Presentations: 6 Hours
Self Study time
Work in the Community scheduled throughout the course
Exams: 8 hours
Full time Minor


Global Health Theory & Fieldwork: (20 weeks, 30 ECTS) consists of a theoretical course Global Health Theory where students learn foundations of global health and important global health work fields. From there students will take part in the Module Community Approaches, a Problem-Based Learning Module, based on cases from experts in field of global health and in collaboration with community partners in Amsterdam. The final Module is Global Health Fieldwork, a community-based module where students work in inter-disciplinary groups in Amsterdam or abroad. 

Global Health Fieldwork projects have been completed in the past in Amsterdam, as well as countries such as Kenya, Nicaragua, Suriname and Ghana. Fieldwork options are possible through physical exchange and/or online international collaboration. The countries offering projects, and the amount of spots available, will differ per semester based on availability and priorities of our partners. Students will submit preferences for Fieldwork projects during week 4 of the minor based on topics that interest them by writing short motivation and will be placed in inter-disciplinary groups to carry out the project work.

The theory portion of the course is evaluated with a theory exam and a take-home assignment. The community approaches and Fieldwork modules are evaluated with a group assignment and an individual reflection. Re-takes are possible based on the exam schedule of the minor. 

Important: If you would like to follow only the theory portion of this minor then you must register for Minor Global Health Theory (15 ECTS). For Global Health Theory 15 ECTS and Global Health Theory & Fieldwork 30 ECTS there are combined 36 spots available.

International Student Exchange students can choose to follow our 20 week programme:

20 weeks: an introduction week, Global Health Theory, Community Approaches, and conducting 10 weeks of fieldwork in Amsterdam (30 ECTS).

If a student fails to successfully complete the minor in the period in which she took the minor it is possible to finalize the minor in a following period in which the minor is given.

If a minor is no longer offered or in case the minor is rewritten, the degree programme will offer students a further two opportunities to finalize this minor in the following year.

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Students wanting to go abroad must cover their own travel costs including flights and accommodations as well as any costs associated with vaccinations and visas.

Students wanting to go abroad should ensure that their passport is up to date and valid for at least 6 months from the period of Fieldwork. Estimated costs per project will be provided in the first two weeks of the minor.

Applications will be processed in the order of receipt of signed learning agreements.