Global health (GNK)Organization logo: Erasmus University Rotterdam

About this minor

Experience health and healthcare on a different continent, in a different country, in a different setting & in a different culture. Change the World, or Stay Home!

Please note: This minor starts 21 August 2023

The Minor Global Health program is a very special 12-week program for 3rd year Bachelor students. After 5 weeks of lectures, practicals and masterclasses on all aspects of Global Health, you will go abroad for 6 weeks to experience Health & Healthcare in a completely different setting and culture. The Minor is concluded with a two-day Symposium.

Take a look at our Global Health video and learn more about this minor.

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, Climate Change, Sustainable & Planetary Health, Universal Health Coverage, Healthcare 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 centre), you will be exposed to Health & Healthcare in a rural setting (district hospital, related health centres and health posts, primary healthcare, community health, public health). All this in a very different culture and climate.
In 2023 you can travel to 18 countries on 4 continents:

  • Europe (The Netherlands)
  • Asia (Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan),
  • Middle East (Oman),
  • Africa (Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia) and
  • The Americas (Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Suriname).

Learning outcomes

After completing the Minor Global Health the student is able to:

  • describe the principles of (Sustainable) 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 the principles of Planetary Health
  • 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

Teaching method and examination

Teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Masterclasses
  • Coursera online course ‘Essentials of Global Health’
  • eLearning (Perusall)
  • Workshops
  • Bed-side teaching
  • Student presentations

Students will participate in the regular activities of the participating host institutes abroad including:

  • morning reports
  • grand rounds
  • outpatient activities: OPD, ART clinic, U5, antenatal, community health projects
  • journal clubs and research meetings

ALL education during the Minor Global Health is compulsory. Compulsory literature:

  • Essentials of Global Health , Coursera course

  • Global Health 101, Richard Skolnik; Jones & Bartlett Publishers | 4th edition October 2019.

  • Planetary Health, Andy Haines & Howard Frumkin; Cambridge University Press | 1st edition 2021.

  • De Derde Wereld op je CV, Judith van de Kamp; Nieuw Amsterdam | 1st edition March 2019.


  • Lecture sheets.

  • Education materials used during lectures and workshops.

  • Online Education: [Global Health with Greg Martin](" style="color:#0563c1; text-decoration:underline)

  • Posts on the Facebook page

  • Reader with lectures and other materials from the host institutes abroad.

Advised literature:

  • Factfulness ; Hans Rosling; Spectre | 1st edition January 2018.
  • 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: 10 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.

See for more information:

Method of examination
Examination in the Minor Global Health consists of three parts:

  • Writing an Essay on a Global Health topic

  • Professional behaviour and performance abroad

  • Individual Assignment, for which students can choose to

  1. Write a Case Review
  2. Produce a Video Documentary, Vidcast series or Podcast series

The final mark will consist of:

  1. Write a Case Review
  2. Produce a Video Documentary, Vidcast series or Podcast series

The marks of** all** parts need to be sufficient (5.5 or higher = 60%).

Good to know

To apply for this Minor:

For MEDICAL students: register between 3 – 16 April 2023 by choosing the Minor Global Health (Geneeskunde students)

For ESHPM and EUC students: register between 3 – 16 April 2023 by choosing the Minor Global Health (ESHPM/EUC students)

For Clinical Technology students: register between 3 – 16 April 2023 by choosing the Minor Global Health (KT students)

Register (possible now already!!) with Global Health Education Erasmus (GHEE) at and/or

Apply (possible now already!!) for the Minor Global Health 2023 via and/or


NOTE 1 :

  • Please note that for this Minor you need to apply (STEP 1 ) through your University’s Minor website
    ultimately Sunday 16 April 2023 23.59 hrs CET

  • Please note that for this Minor you need to register and apply with GHEE (STEP 2 )
    ultimately Sunday 16 April 2023 23.59 hrs CET

  • You will be notified per e-mail on the definitive status of your application
    ultimately Wednesday 26 April 2023 23.59 hrs CET

NOTE 2 :

  • Please note that the formal registration is through your university’s website (so STEP 1 )!

NOTE 3 : The first compulsory Kick-off meeting will be 15 May 2023 .

NOTE 4 : Compulsory Preparation & Language Sessions will beheld in 5-7 & 19-21 June 2023.

NOTE 5 :

  • The Minor Global Health starts 2 weeks earlier than the regular minors, on Monday 21 August 2023.

  • The Minor Global Health thus runs for 12 (instead of the regular 10) weeks!


  • To prevent highly communicable diseases while abroad and thus to prevent you from getting ill, please note that to be eligible for the Minor Global Health we require you to be vaccinated according to the Dutch National Vaccination Program (Rijksvaccinatie programma - RVP ).

  • Vaccinations against COVID-19 ,Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus and Polio (DKTP ) as well as Mumps, Measles and Rubella (BMR ) are compulsory. Furthermore, adequate vaccination against Hepatitis B is compulsory as well.

  • For your trip you will need a compulsory booster vaccination against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP ), as well as compulsory vaccinations against Rabies and Hepatitis A .

  • Yellow Fever and others only when indicated (LCR guidelines). Malariaprophylaxis will depend on the country and areas you will be visiting (LCR guidelines).

Specific Characteristics:

The Minor Global Health is open to 3rd year Bachelor students in Medicine, Clinical Technology, Erasmus University College and the Institute of Health Policy & Management with:

  • Demonstrable interest in Global Health.

  • Good command of the English Language.

  • Having acquired all study credits (60 ECTS) of Bachelor year 1 ultimately 30 June 2023

  • Expected to acquire a minimum of 30 ECTS in Bachelor year 2 ultimately 30 June 2023

  • Having NO Bachelor year 2 exam resits in the period 21 August – 10 November 2023.

The number of students that can participate in the Minor Global Health is limited. A maximum of 120 students can participate, of which:

  • max 100 Medical students from Erasmus MC
  • max 10 students from EUR (ESHPM & EUC)
  • max 10 students from TUD (Clinical Technology)

Of course the Corona pandemic really changed the world, making (amongst other things) international electives impossible. The 2020 & 2021 Minor Global Health therefore had to be changed into a fully online (but very interesting!) 10 weeks Minor program.
In 2022 the Minor Global Health could be organized the ‘old-fashioned pre-corona way’ again, with 118 students experiencing a great international experience again.
Also for 2023, we expect to organize the Minor Global Health the ‘old-fashioned pre-corona way’ again. Meaning that after 5 weeks of lectures, masterclasses and workshops in Rotterdam, you will travel abroad for 6 weeks to experience Health & Healthcare in a completely different setting and culture.

ALL education during the Minor Global Health is compulsory.

Additional information

  • Code
  • Theme
    Health care
  • Credits
    ECTS 15
  • Selection minor
If anything remains unclear, please check the FAQ of Erasmus University.


  • Start date

    4 september 2023

    • Ends
      2 februari 2024
    • Term *
      Block MINOR2
    • Location
    • Instruction language
These offerings are valid for students of Leiden University