New and emerging infectious diseases, changing disease patterns, ageing, rising costs of healthcare – these are problems that add complexity to the already considerable health challenges the world is facing today. Many diseases do not stop at national borders and most health problems have social, political and economic impacts. The world is more than ever in need of a vision of health that spans the globe. At the same time, innovative answers to health challenges emerge, like novel pharmaceuticals, neurotechnologies, genomics, mhealth (using mobile phones), field test kits that replace whole laboratories, as well as innovative funding schemes and care arrangement (e.g. community-based health care). But how can we make these answers fit the challenges that are emerging? History shows numerous, at best, not-so-effective health interventions and unintended consequences. To effectively address these complex health challenges, global health researchers need to cross-disciplinary boundaries and interact with health professionals, patients and others to gain in-depth understanding of global health problems, and to set out cohesive and strategic action to solve these problems.
The minor is interdisciplinary and is a good preparation for various master programs, for example master programs Health Sciences, Global Health and Management, Policy-Analysis & Entrepreneurship in Health and Life Sciences.