Seventeen nationalities, two Julius Global Health summer schools
Julius Global Health organized the biannual Fundamentals of Global Health summer school from 2 till 6 July 2018. This summer school had an international perspective and was represented by a wide variety of backgrounds and nationalities.
The summer school gave an overview of the challenges the world faces concerning the complex disparities in disease burden globally, from the Sustainable Development Goals perspective (SDGs).
All presentations were very interactive , which, together with the expertise of the teachers led to open discussions. This enhanced the transfer of knowledge across research boundaries and allowed the week to be very interdisciplinary. Topics ranged from global health governance to sustainability and environmental health but they all referred to one uniting goal: studying the challenges and disparities to advocate for change in overcoming existing disparities in health, both locally and globally.
The topics were presented from different angles. Approaches varied from bottom-up as well as top-down. Students were challenged to design the most effective and efficient health system and to position all partners who are involved. In teams they had to decide on the placement of hospitals, ambulances and local health services in Ghana through a designed Global Health game. At the end of the week, students presented their group work on one of their identified gaps within the SDGs. This again showed the interdisciplinary character of the course. The presented topics ranged from elderly wellbeing to environmental health and maternal health outcomes.
Students enthusiastically shared knowledge from different backgrounds within the health sector which led to innovative ideas, thinking, and discussions to overcome the most complex health challenges. It was a very successful week!