Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Global Health: Urban Vitality

'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 minor Global Health will prepare you:

  • to work in a diverse society
  • to cooperate in multidisciplinary teams
  • to practice your profession in a diverse context, either in a European or non-European country
  • to become aware and to take into account the effects of a globalizing world.

The Minor programme is offered by the Health Department of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). A new programme has been developed in conjunction with the Universities of Oslo and Aalborg, and other universities may get involved in the future. Topics regarding Global Health are addressed from a holistic perspective. Furthermore, you are encouraged to work in multiprofessional groups, and are supported with adequate teaching strategies. You will learn to evaluate the needs of specific target groups in different districts of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Europe and worldwide


The Global Health Minor is taught in English and uses literature from the social sciences. With dedication your learning scope will expand through using social science theory and methods for critically analysing health issues in a globalising world. The projects that you will work on together with Dutch and (other) international students require intercultural communication skills. The Minor enables you to conduct fieldwork in the Netherlands or abroad, which will open your mind to the living conditions and experiences of others.

Gepubliceerd door  Faculteit Gezondheid 16 september 2016