The first course in the Global Health and Development Programme (GHD) at the University of Tampere will begin next autumn. The programme, which is unique in Finland, starts with a course on the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The course is entitled UN Millennium Development Goals and global social development.
“The first course is intended for students at the University of Tampere,” says Per Ashorn, Professor of International Medicine and director of the programme.
The course deals both with the MDGs – such as the eradication of extreme hunger and poverty, making basic education available to all, decreasing infant mortality and safeguarding sustainable development – and related research at the University of Tampere. The lecturers are people who promote the achievement of the MDGs in their work.
The focal point of the English-language Global Health and Development Programme is global health and social development. The programme brings together perspectives from health research and the social sciences.
The programme begins with optional courses for students doing their Bachelor’s degrees
To begin with, the programme will offer optional courses on overall social development for Bachelor’s degree and exchange students.
The next step is to develop a Master’s degree programme for about 40 students concentrating on health and social development. Ashorn thinks that this programme could also be exported.
The third step aims to include global health themes in the education of medical students.
“The long-term goal is to design a doctoral programme that could be offered as a collaboration of several doctoral programmes at the University of Tampere. For example, the International Postgraduate Programme in Epidemiology (IPPE) offered by the School of Health Sciences and the Global Health Programme could support each other,” Ashorn says.
GHD could also be a diploma pilot
“Universities in English-speaking countries offer year-long educational programmes qualifying the students for a diploma. This option has also been considered in Finland. If diploma studies become available in the future, GHD would be a good programme for piloting the diploma and testing its feasibility,” Ashorn explains.
The Global Health and Social Development Programme received one million euros of funding from the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation for 2014—2018.
The website of the GHD Programme will be available next autumn.
For more information, please contact:
Professor Per Ashorn, tel. +358 40 728 0354